Washington State Patrol
|Washington State Patrol|
Patch of the Washington State Patrol
Logo of the Washington State Patrol
|Motto||Service With Humility|
|Employees||2,410 (as of 2006) |
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||State of Washington (state), USA|
|Washington State Patrol Districts|
|Size||71,342 square miles (184,770 km2)|
|Population||7,061,530 (2014 est.)|
|Troopers||1,059 (as of 2004) |
|Civilians||1,239 (as of 2004) |
|Agency executive||John R. Batiste, Chief|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
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The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is the state police agency for the U.S. state of Washington. The first six motorcycle patrolmen of the (then) Highway Patrol were commissioned September 1, 1921. The agency was renamed to Washington State Patrol in June 1933. In 1925 William Cole was appointed as the first Chief. The current chief is John R. Batiste. Ronal W. Serpas served as Chief from August, 2001 to January, 2004.
The Washington State Patrol has law enforcement authority throughout the State of Washington, with caveats for Federal property, and limited authority on Indian reservations. WSP is one of two state law enforcement agencies considered to be a general authority law enforcement agency, the other being the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Individual officers of the Washington State Patrol are known as "Troopers" although they are frequently colloquially referred to as "Staters". Troopers in western Washington are most frequently encountered by citizens on the state highways. However, in the eastern portion of the state and in rural areas, Troopers work both state and county roadways, frequently assisting other agencies, as well as responding to general crimes in progress (such as calls for domestic violence).
The Washington State Patrol makes a difference every day, enhancing the safety and security of our state by providing the best in public safety services. Recently the motto has been changed back to, "Service With Humility" to reflect a return to the traditional values that made the Washington State Patrol a well-respected part of the community.
Washington State Patrol patrol cars are usually white in color, however they can be of any color or make. The typical marked unit features two prominent features: the Washington State Patrol shield logo, and the dark blue thunderbolt that underlies the State Patrol shield. In addition, marked vehicles bearing these markings usually feature the words "STATE PATROL" above the shield and thunderbolt, and these features are usually found on the front right hand and front left hand door of the vehicle. Washington State Patrol also operates unmarked units, including SUVs and sports cars such as the Camaro, and luxury cars such as Volvo. Newer vehicles such as the Chevrolet Impala and the Dodge Charger have been added to the motor pool. Some patrol cars are marked, but do not have light bars. The Washington State Patrol's marked vehicles have been the Ford Crown Victoria, which has been retired and the last of the 'Crown Vics' was deployed at the end of June 2012. The new marked patrol vehicles were supposed to be the Chevrolet Caprice, but issues with reliability caused the patrol to abandon the Caprice. The new standard patrol vehicle is the Ford Interceptor Utility.
Most Washington police vehicles have state exemption from licensing fees and as such most police department plates do not have tabs and are marked with "XMT" at the start of the numeric series. However Washington State Patrol marks its vehicles with plates such as "123 WSP". In that example the "123" would be the badge number of the Washington State Patrol officer to whom the vehicle is issued. This applies to all marked vehicles. Some unmarked units display non-exempt license plates for further concealment.
The units are typically equipped with Setina Bodyguard push bumpers and police style partitions inside the vehicles. Washington State Patrol has a current contract with Setina Manufacturing Company based out of Olympia, the capital of Washington.
The units which have the lightbar equipped on the roof are made by Whelen and are of the 9000 Edge Series, the typical square appearing lightbar. Newer vehicles have been equipped with the Whelen Liberty LFL, the newest LED lightbar available. The color of choice is blue, having at least one red front-facing light per state law. Older lightbars have been upgraded with their red portion being new LED units making the red not noticeable until turned on.
Some other rarer police units which have been seen are units like a Chevrolet Astro, used for weigh in stations off the freeways, and the Dodge Intrepid of which there are only two reported still active.
The overall design of the State Patrol vehicle marking (shield and thunderbolt) remains largely unchanged since the 1930s.
Washington State Troopers patrol the Washington State Capitol Campus, Capitol Lake, and area parks, mainly during public events such as Lakefair, on bicycles. Troopers also make traffic stops along the boardwalk in Olympia and patrol the Washington State Ferries waiting lines on bicycles.
Washington State Patrol has an aviation wing headquartered at the Olympia Airport. The Aviation Section provides aerial traffic enforcement and other law enforcement services. They also engage in drug enforcement missions and transport donor organs and blood supplies in medical emergencies. The call sign for WSP Aircraft is Smokey. Smokey 4 is one of the most common to be seen and is used to patrol the I-5 corridor.
Washington State Patrol has its own statewide analog, non-trunked, repeater-based, VHF radio network that covers the state. Towers for this network can be seen near highways and look like cell sites, but with longer antennas. However, as of January 1, 2013, all radio systems used by WSP will move to a conventional digital format called P25 and all old analog equipment will be taken out of service. In August, 2004, one of these towers near Vancouver, Washington was damaged by an arsonist, taking out Washington State Patrol communications in Clark County.
Washington State Patrol dispatchers handle statewide law enforcement dispatching and radio communications for the Washington State Patrol, Fish & Wildlife Police Officers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Law Enforcement Officers of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Officers of the US Forest Service, Liquor Enforcement Officers of the Liquor Control Board, Park Rangers of the Washington State Parks, and the WSDOT.
Washington State Patrol operates seven crime laboratories: full-service labs in Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville and Cheney, and limited-service laboratories in Vancouver, Kennewick and Tumwater. The Washington State Patrol crime lab system provides service to all city and county law enforcement agencies in the state.
State Fire Marshal
Operating under the Washington State Patrol, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Fire Protection Bureau, provides services to fire districts, government agencies, members of the media, and the general public. These services include:
- fire incident reporting and data collection
- fire code review and adoption
- construction plan review for fire sprinkler and alarm systems
- fire inspections of high risk occupancies housing elderly and vulnerable populations
In addition, the Fire Protection Bureau regulates the fireworks and sprinkler industry through a licensing program.
Washington State Patrol operates the State Fire Training Academy, which provides high-risk fire training to fire departments and fire protection districts. In addition, they provide a Certification Program through a standards and accreditation process. The Fire Protection Bureau also provides coordination of Washington State fire service resources for mobilization during natural or human-caused disasters. Hazardous materials training, fire and life safety prevention education, and public information services are also responsibilities of the Fire Protection Bureau.
The current Washington State Patrol uniform is a Flying Cross French Blue shirt with royal blue pocket flaps, French blue pants striped with royal blue, and a royal blue campaign hat. The Washington State Patrol is one of only two state police agencies (New Mexico State Police being the other) that wear a black bow tie with their long sleeve winter uniform shirts.
In 2007, Washington State Patrol was awarded "Best Dressed State Law Enforcement Agency" by the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors.
Currently the standard sidearm issued for State Troopers is the Smith & Wesson M&P in 40 S&W. WSP troopers also carry Remington 870 shotguns, and AR-15 rifles in their cruisers. Additionally, HK MP5 submachine guns are used (but only by WSP SWAT and other specialty units).
The 190-acre (0.77 km2) large State Patrol academy is in Shelton, Washington. The academy was given to the Washington State Patrol in 1947, and was dedicated on December 29, 1969. It includes a 2.7-mile (4.3 km) emergency driving course which was the first high-speed drive course in the world.
2003: EVERETT - Sixty-five people cited for a variety of misdemeanor traffic offenses in Snohomish County will have their cases dismissed because a State Patrol trooper "recycled" information in scores of reports, the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office said yesterday. Keith Jordan resigned from the State Patrol on Friday when he learned there would be an internal investigation into the way he was writing arrest reports and citations, Capt. Robert Lenz said.
2004: State Patrol fires crime lab scientist - His testimony in Montana cited; internal audit is downplayed; Washington State Patrol officials fired beleaguered crime lab forensic scientist Arnold Melnikoff yesterday, saying his flawed hair-analysis testimony in a Montana rape trial while on the agency's payroll violated professional standards. Citing a need to restore "public trust and confidence," the State Patrol said Melnikoff's "incompetent and inaccurate" testimony in that 1990 case meant he could no longer do his job.
2007: Forensic scientist defends work for State Patrol; The Patrol has said that it found three errors in cases of Thompson's, prompting a broader review of his work. Thompson, the Patrol said, incorrectly analyzed a gunshot's trajectory in one case, released information before a supervisor reviewed his work in another case, and failed to identify a bullet's diameter in a third case.
2007: Allegations may cast cloud over DUI cases - State lab manager quits after she's accused of signing false statements; Allegations that the manager of the state toxicology lab has repeatedly signed false statements over nearly seven years could raise questions about criminal cases and prompt hundreds of drunken-driving suspects to challenge their breath tests. Ann Marie Gordon resigned July 20, several days after the Washington State Patrol began investigating an anonymous tip about work done in its own Seattle toxicology lab.
2008: State crime-lab chief to resign - Barry Logan, the embattled chief of the state Crime Laboratory, will step down in March; The embattled director of the State Patrol crime labs has resigned, accepting responsibility for allegations of sloppy work and fraud that jeopardized more than 100 DUI breath-test results in the past year.
2009: Judgment July 28, 2009 - $5.5 Million Jury Verdict largest in Skagit County History. Woman was injured in collision with drunk driver, Whatcom County and Washington State Patrol found negligent Whatcom County and the Washington State Patrol must pay $5.5 million after a jury’s verdict Tuesday, April 28, 2009 determined that their negligence allowed a drunk driver to injure a local woman. The Whatcom County woman, Hailey French, sued the driver, Janine Parker, Whatcom County and the Washington State Patrol in Skagit County Superior Court. After a three-week trial and more than a day of deliberations, the jury ruled in favor of French. The county will have to pay about $2.8 million, the state about $2.6 million and Parker $25,000, said one of French’s attorneys, Dean Brett. The jury found that Parker was more at fault for the crash than the county and state, but she doesn’t have insurance to pay for the amount awarded, Brett said. French’s other attorney, Gene Moses, said it was the largest amount awarded by a jury in Skagit County’s history. French was seriously injured after Parker’s car crossed the center line on Mount Baker Highway and collided with her car early January 4, 2007. French spent 45 days in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the crash and has undergone numerous surgeries as a result of her injuries. Brett said the money would pay for her medical bills and any additional surgeries she may need. “She was relieved that she is going to have her medical bills paid for for the rest of her life,” Brett said. “She’s just going to try to take care of her body. She’s going to try to live as normal of a life as she can.” The jury found that Whatcom County and the State Patrol were negligent in not preventing Parker from driving drunk before the crash. Parker admitted her negligence before the trial began. Parker was found passed out behind the wheel at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Barkley Boulevard hours before the crash. Washington State Patrol Trooper Chad Dwayne Bosman, Badge # 349, arrested and cited Parker for DUI in case C0670915 but did not impound her car, release her to a sober person or book her into the Whatcom County Jail. Rather, Bosman drove Parker 9 miles to her home on Lake Whatcom, gave her back her keys and told her not to drive until she sobered up. After the trooper left, Parker called a cab to go back to her car. She began driving east on Mount Baker Highway before turning around and colliding with French. French’s lawsuit alleged the county was negligent because it was supervising Parker while she was on deferred prosecution for a prior DUI arrest. Parker was supposed to be driving with an ignition interlock device but never had one installed in her car. The jury found the county was negligent for failing to check to see if the device was installed.,,,,
2009: Eight troopers faced termination in a fake diploma scam discovered in 2009. Troopers who had earned a two-year degree were entitled to a 2% pay raise and those who had earned a bachelor's were entitled to a 4% pay raise. Eight troopers, who were identified during the course of a federal investigation into a diploma mill, were discovered to have submitted fake diplomas along with applications for a pay increase. A State Patrol spokesman reported that the agency intended to fire the troopers.
2010: Troopers accused in fake diploma case sue, claim defamation; SEATTLE – Five of the state troopers accused of buying fake diplomas for pay raises have sued the Washington Patrol, alleging defamation. Dennis Tardiff, Spike Unruh, Gabriel Olson, Daniel Mann and Bryan Ensley filed a complaint for damages in King County Superior Court this month. The plaintiffs, who are five of the eight troopers who were suspended last year, allege their diplomas met the agency's standards for a pay increase.
2011: Hailey's Law: effective July 22, driver and car both go to jail after DUI arrest; A new era of enforcement will hit the roads of San Juan County, as well as the rest of the state, when Hailey’s Law goes into effect July 22. Approved by the Legislature earlier this year, Senate Bill 5000, also known as Hailey’s Law, places a mandatory 12-hour impound on any vehicle driven by a person arrested for driving under the influence, or DUI. San Juan County Sheriff Rob Nou said that enforcement of the new law will effectively mean that a vehicle will be towed from the scene of a DUI arrest and then held under impound for a minimum of 12 hours before it can be released by the company that tows it. Furthermore, Nou added, most towing companies will generally demand payment for a tow and for storage before releasing an impounded vehicle. The costs can add up quickly, he said. According to the sheriff’s department, the number of people arrested for DUI totaled 47 in 2009 and 42 in 2010. “It’s another deterrent that people should think about before they get behind the wheel,” Nou said. Named after Hailey French of Whatcom County, the law removes whatever discretion a deputy or police officer once had in determining what to do with a vehicle and instead requires that it be towed from the scene of a DUI arrest. About 40,000 people are arrested each year for DUI in Washington State, according to the Washington State Patrol. French was severely injured in a head-on collision with a drunk driver on Mount Baker Highway in January 2007. The driver, Janine Parker, had been arrested for DUI several hours before the crash but was not booked into jail, nor was her vehicle impounded. Parker was driven home by a state trooper who warned her not to drive until she had sobered up, a warning that she ignored. She went back to her car and then caused the crash. French was awarded $5.5 million by a jury two years ago after she sued Whatcom County and the State Patrol.
2011: Dr. Fiona Couper, State Toxicologist - Testimony established a lack of knowledge to give weight to Exhibit 2; Department of Licensing vs. Keith Hughes, Hearing conducted by Hearing Examiner Brad Dahlquist on September 9, 2011, pages 1 – 29, transcribed for attorneys Linda M. Callahan www.dui-defender.net and Amelia D. Champion by Sheri K. Escalante, Notary Public & Court Approved Transcriber
2013: WSP to investigate allegations of cheating at police academy; The Washington State Patrol will conduct an investigation into allegations of cheating by state police academy recruits, the academy’s director announced Monday. Director Sue Rahr said earlier that the information from an unauthorized study guide containing test answers and questions has been circulating among recruits in two out of three classes currently in training at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Burien.
2013: State Patrol: Lab manager lied about investigations; The former manager of a State Crime Lab is under investigation following allegations he lied about finishing lab work at the Cheney facility. Former manager Kevin Fortney is alleged to have mishandled case files while also claiming to have completed work that was not actually done. Fortney headed the Cheney lab for about a decade.
2014: Washington State Patrol forced to issue speeding ticket amnesty due to embarrassing you tube video. (drug, highway). October 8, 2014 Numerous cops headed to a 'drug recognition conference' in Chelan, WA, (approx. 180 miles east of Seattle), were guilty of speeding, but one after another was let off the hook by an 'emphasis' unit that was monitoring overhead in aircraft. A youtube blogger recorded the whole thing. WSP has had to ignominiously announce that non-cops who got tickets in this 'emphasis' patrol will now be off the hook. Precious little commentary needed—this video/audio speaks for itself. and 
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In January 2009, Governor Christine Gregoire proposed the idea of moving Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Officers employed by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) and Law Enforcement Officers currently employed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to the State Patrol as a budget saving measure. This idea was fiercely opposed by outdoorsmen, WDFW, DNR and the state sheriff's association and never gained any ground by state legislators.
In September 2009, Governor Gregoire again proposed the merging of the WDFW and DNR law enforcement officers and either putting them under control of the State Patrol or making a separate Natural Resources Police Department. This was once again proposed as a budget saving measure as part of the governor's Natural Resource Reform program. This proposal was once again fiercely opposed by outdoorsmen, WDFW, DNR and the state sheriff's association and never gained any support.
State legislators have continued in later legislative sessions to pursue moving WDFW and DNR law enforcement personnel to the WSP, however this move continues to get fiercely opposed by outdoorsmen, WDFW, DNR and the state sheriff's association
Since the establishment of the Washington State Patrol, 29 officers have died in the line of duty.
|Officer||Date of Death||Cause|
|Patrolman Vernon G. Fortin||
|Patrolman Irving M. Thorsvig||
|Patrolman Conrad C. Tolson||
|Patrolman H. Douglas Cossman||
|Patrolman William H. Pautzke||
|Captain Loren G. Ray||
|Patrolman Allen E. Ludden||
|Trooper John H. Gulden||
|Patrolman Thomas J. Hanlin||
|Patrolman Paul H. Johnson||
|Patrolman Ivan Belka||
|Patrolman Donald R. Campbell||
||Struck by vehicle|
|Patrolman John F. Wright||
|Patrolman Eugene A. Bolstad||
|Patrolman Ernest E. Eichhorn||
|Patrolman Wesley H. Whittenberg||
||Struck by vehicle|
|Trooper Clarence C. Johnson||
|Trooper Charles Frank Noble||
|Control Officer Joseph A. Modlin||
||Struck by vehicle|
|Trooper Thomas L. Hendrickson||
|Trooper Glenda Darlene Thomas||
||Struck by vehicle|
|Trooper James S. Gain||
||Struck by vehicle|
|Trooper Clifford R. Hansell||
|Trooper Raymond L. Hawn||
||Struck by vehicle|
|Trooper Steven Lee Frink||
|Trooper James E. Saunders||
|Trooper Tony Radulescu||
|Trooper Sean O'Connell||
|Detective Brent L. Hanger||
- OFM 2009-11 Agency Detail Budgets
- http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/53000.html 2014 Population Estimates
- USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics Census of Law Enforcement Agencies 2004
- "story". KATU TV. Archived from the original on January 7, 2005.
- Washington State Patrol Website http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/firemars.htm
- "Wash. state troopers named best dressed". AP viaMSNBC. October 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
- "Trooper 'recycled' traffic-arrest facts; Snohomish County will dismiss some cases". The Seattle Times. May 21, 2003. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
- "State Patrol fires crime lab scientist - His testimony in Montana cited; internal audit is downplayed". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. March 23, 2004. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
- "Forensic scientist defends work for State Patrol". The Seattle Times. April 30, 2007. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
- "Allegations may cast cloud over DUI cases - State lab manager quits after she's accused of signing false statements". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. July 30, 2007. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
- "State crime-lab chief to resign - Barry Logan, the embattled chief of the state Crime Laboratory, will step down in March". The Seattle Times. February 15, 2008. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
- "Jury Awards Woman $5.5 Million in Suit Against Whatcom County, State Patrol". Bellingham Herald. April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Trooper Chad Dwayne Bosman - RMD FLUP 2012-1169 Use of Force". Washington State Patrol Office of Professional Standards. October 21, 2012. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Trooper Chad Dwayne Bosman - RMD NIM 2014-0207 Complaint Alleged unlawful search: “the vehicle was frisked for Officer Safety and not searched”". Washington State Patrol Office of Professional Standards. February 14, 2014. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Trooper Chad Dwayne Bosman - RMD IIR 2010-0711 Vehicle Operation Fleet Destroyed WSP Cruiser – Written Reprimand & 4 Hours Driver Training". Washington State Patrol Office of Professional Standards. August 22, 2010. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Trooper Chad Dwayne Bosman - RMD IRR 2012-0171 Complaint Alleged drunk and sexual assault of Whatcom County Deputy Prosecutor Kari Elizabeth Hathorn". Washington State Patrol Office of Professional Standards. February 2, 2012. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Trooper Chad Dwayne Bosman - RMD IRR 2013-0589 Complaint Alleged copy and paste of report narratives". Washington State Patrol Office of Professional Standards. November 12, 2010. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Trooper Chad Dwayne Bosman - RMD IRR 2013-0734 Complaint Alleged logging false times on reports". Washington State Patrol Office of Professional Standards. April 10, 2010. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Trooper Chad Dwayne Bosman - TORT CLAIM 22570277 Failed to return property - settlement paid $195.28". Washington State Office of Risk Management. March 25, 2011. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Washington State Patrol Recommends Firing Eight Troopers". KUOW News. August 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
- "Troopers accused in fake diploma case sue, claim defamation Patrol". KATU News. December 20, 2010. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
- "Hailey's Law: effective July 22, driver and car both go to jail after DUI arrest". Journal of the San Juans. July 17, 2011. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "Department of Licensing vs. Keith Hughes". Sheri K. Escalante - Notary Public & Court Approved Transcriber. September 13, 2011. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
- "WSP to investigate allegations of cheating at police academy". The Seattle Times. October 27, 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
- "State Patrol: Lab manager lied about investigations". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. April 16, 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-02.
- "Washington State Patrol forced to issue speeding ticket amnesty due to embarrassing you tube video. (drug, highway)". City Data. October 12, 2014. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- "State to toss speeding tickets written while cops sped past". The Seattle Times. October 11, 2014. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
- The Officer Down Memorial Page http://www.odmp.org/agency/4114-washington-state-patrol-washington
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