Oregon ranks second in per-capita trooper numbers. Brown and OSP plan to get the state to the middle of the pack, where they hope it will stay for good.
For 26 years, Travis Hampton worked out of patrol offices for Oregon State Police. Year after year, he saw calls and car accidents increase as the disparity between the population and number of troopers grew.
Sitting in those offices, he thought about the work he would do if he ever climbed to the top of the ranks.