Oregon State Police has a new trooper patrolling and keeping the streets safe.
Trooper Brennan Pilon joined Oregon State Police (OSP) on Thursday, July 18, coming from Burns, where he spent three and a half years working for the Burns Police Department. He also worked for Hines Police Department before that. He’s been in law enforcement since January 2016.
“My wife Kiely has family here and I wanted the opportunity to further my career and better myself, so I decided to come to the Oregon State Police,” Pilon said.
Since he’s a brand new trooper, Oregon State Police has two additional “academies” that he must attend; a pre academy for six weeks, a basic police academy, which he had already completed and a post academy, which is also six weeks. The post academy entails more scenario type things like knowing how to talk to people, dealing with a mental health crisis, domestic cases and more.
Growing up, Pilon admitted he wasn’t 100 percent sure what he wanted to do for a career. Post high school, he was a BLM Wildland firefighter and was an EMT in Harney County.
“I always liked the customer service aspect and being able to help people,” Pilon said. “I just never knew until recently, that law enforcement was going to be my calling.”
Pilon has been around small towns his entire life, growing up and going to school in Vale and attending school at Treasure Valley Community College.
His first few weeks on the job, he’s been riding around with senior K-9 Trooper Cliff Hargis since he is a certified field training officer. He has also spent some time with Sr. Trooper Ryan Tague who is a game warden with the Oregon State Police to get a feel of all aspects of the job.
“I’m used to being a city cop, taking city calls and doing investigations and things ,” he said. “I have to log 16 days with a coach or certified training officers and I get graded each day and have to fill out a report. We also have to do a week of wildlife time as well and I’ll have to do one week of criminal time, so I’ll have to go to Klamath Falls and ride with a detective there. I’ll also have to log dispatch hours.”
One of the biggest differences he saw coming to Lakeview was the call load and assured they will help backup any call.
While Pilon is a certified EMT through the state of Oregon, the Oregon State Police has policies in place regarding involvement with other entities. However, OSP does have a medical director and he can be a EMT through the state police and get to carry more advanced equipment.
“Every trooper has a medical kit,” he explained. “If we respond to a crash, we first have to ensure the scene is secure and then we can provide medical attention.”
Being that his wife Kiely Pilon (Banton) family resides in Lakeview, he’s been to the area many times and is familiar.
While he’s a Trooper he hopes to continue building his life in Lakeview and to be a K-9 officer one day, as he was in Burns. He would also eventually like to become an EMT instructor for the state police and put on trainings and activities locally.
For more information, contact OSP at 541-947-2451.