The "Larry and Deb Stephens" Academic Scholarship
The Larry and Deb Stephens Academic Scholarship was created in 2016 and named after Larry Stephens and Deb Pillette-Stephens.
Larry Stephens has a long history with OPOA that started as a charter member, then serving on the OPOA Executive Board for 20 years and finally as the OPOA Business Secretary for 15 years.
Larry served 32 years with the Salem Police Department retiring as a Sergeant. During his time with Salem PD, Larry worked patrol, narcotics, crimes against persons and administration. He was the president of the Salem Police Association, Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association, and Oregon Homicide/Robbery Association and of the Oregon Peace Officers Association.
He is the recipient of the Prestigious “L. Dale Morris Award”, Oregon Crime Victim Network Service Award, Public Service Award and he also received a Certificate of Merit award.
Deb Pillette-Stephens received her BS and MS degrees from WOU and taught and coached at both the middle and high school level. Deb then switched her career focus to law enforcement and worked for Marion County Sheriff’s Office performing clerical, court services, transport, and warrant division duties. Deb was then hired as a police officer with Salem Police Department and served in both patrol division and detectives. She then combined her love for law enforcement and teaching, and has been a full time criminal justice instructor for Chemeketa Community College since 1992, teaching hundreds of students who have become active law enforcement throughout Oregon. Deb is responsible for the development of Chemeketa’s unique LERE and CORE programs involving both academic and active hands-on training incorporating a uniform duty-day for law enforcement and corrections students. Deb also volunteered for six years as an on-call sexual assault victim advocate through the Marion County District Attorney’s Office Victim Advocate Division.
Larry and Deb have been married since 1976 where they combined their strengths and experience in Law Enforcement into Education. They have been strong proponents of education and training so much that every year they have spearheaded the OPOA Scholarship. They have spent countless hours developing, reviewing and making recommendations for the scholarship recipients each year.Due to the love and compassion that Larry and Debra Stephens have for the Oregon Peace Officers Association and the future of the Oregon Law Enforcement Profession all future OPOA Scholarships will be known as the Larry and Deb Stephens Academic Scholarship.
goal of the Oregon Peace Officers Association is to provide leadership
and service to the law enforcement community in the advancement of the
profession, and to the advocate for the safety and security of law
enforcement professionals and the citizens of Oregon. The criteria for
the scholarship are as follows: