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Washington State Patrol - Trooper
Last updated on October 08, 2020
PST Partner Agency since July 16, 2015
Testing Deadline: June 01, 2021.
TO AVOID A DELAY IN THE HIRING PROCESS WITH OUR AGENCY, PLEASE
COMPLETE YOUR PHS WITHIN 14 DAYS AFTER COMPLETING YOUR WRITTEN EXAM.
- June 8, 1921-Washington State Legislature authorized the appointment of a highway police with the power of peace officers.
- September 1,1921- The first Washington State Highway Patrol Officers were sworn in. The officers first vehicles were Indian Motorcycles.
- 1925- Chief William Cole was appointed the first Chief of the Washington State Highway Patrol. Prior to Chief Cole’s appointment by Governor Roland H. Hartley, Ms. Helen Shaw assumed the duties of Chief for a few weeks.
- August 17, 1933- Washington State Legislature acknowledged the need for a police organization that was mobile and could be concentrated immediately at any place in the state where the public safety was endangered. The Highway Patrol Division officially became known as the Washington State Patrol, which had been given full police powers.The first radio was installed on a motorcycle in the Vancouver area by Patrolman Harry Williams, which ran on a City of Portland Police frequency.
- 1967- Leon Lasley was the first African American hired and graduated from the State Patrol Academy.
- 1975- Trooper Cathy Swanson was the first female trooper hired by the State Patrol.
- 1976-Trooper Elmer Law was the first African American trooper to promoted to the position of sergeant.
- 1987 Trooper Colleen McIntyre was the first female promoted to sergeant.
In 1988, the Washington State Patrol became just the third state law enforcement agency to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
- In order to receive accreditation from CALEA, police agencies must comply with more than 484 standards that detail every major aspect of law enforcement, including: Traffic operations, crime analysis, performance evaluation, recruitment, evidence collection, strategic planning, public information, communications, and active threats. These standards are designed to make an agency more efficient, accountable, and responsive to the needs of citizens.
- 1995- Chief Annette Sandberg was the first woman appointed to head a state law enforcement agency. She was also the youngest of either gender when she was appointed in April, at the age of 33. The State Fire Marshal’s Office joined the agency when the Legislature transferred the Fire Protection Services to the Patrol in July.
- 2005- Chief John R. Batiste was appointed Chief of the WSP by Governor Christine Gregoire.
- 2007-The IACP named the WSP for the 2006 National Law Enforcement Challenge Award, “Best Law Enforcement Agency of its Size”. The WSP Commercial Vehicle Division received the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Leadership Award.
- 2016 marked 28 years of consecutive CALEA accreditation for the Washington State Patrol. That year, the WSP received “Accreditation with Excellence,” the highest single period award given by CALEA.
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.
To be the best public safety agency in the United States.
Service With Humility
Every employee is a critical member of a team committed to:
• Strong leadership
• Effective partnerships
• Professional excellence
• Acting with integrity and accountability
• Respecting and protecting individual rights
• Earning the trust and confidence of the public
Population: 7.19 million
# of Staff:
Washington State Patrol - Trooper has 60 vacancies.
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is June 01, 2021.
This is a continuous list and maintained as scores are received from PST. Upon successfully passing PST, please complete our agency application online through www.careers.wa.gov. Once we obtain your passing PST scores, an updated/current PHS and our agency application we will review your eligibility to move on in our process.
TO AVOID A DELAY IN THE HIRING PROCESS WITH OUR AGENCY, PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR PHS WITHIN 14 DAYS AFTER COMPLETING YOUR WRITTEN EXAM.
Number of current vacancies: 60
Trooper Cadets - $4,822.00 per month or $57,864 annually.
Trooper Monthly Annually
0 – .5 years $5,386 $64,632
.5 – 1.5 years $5,708 $68,496
1.5 – 2.5 years $6,051 $72,612
2.5 – 3.5 years $6,413 $76,956
3.5 – 4.5 years $6,797 $81,564
4.5 - 5 years $7,207 $86,484
5 - 10 years $7,424 $89,088
Plus, educational, geographical, shift differential, longevity and career development pay (see website).
Medical, Dental, Vision and Washington State Patrol Retirement System (see website for more information).
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Washington State Patrol actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For a copy of the Washington State Patrol's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP), please contact the Human Resource Division.
Washington State Patrol - Trooper Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.
|Minimum Age||19 1/2|
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||If required by the position description, the applicant must possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver's license. History of restrictions on license or driving record due to vehicle operation or control will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Upon hire, must possess a Washington State driver's license and maintain such license during employment with the WSP.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||None|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||None|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Must successfully pass the medical-physical exam.|
|Veterans Preference Points||Yes|
|Current Hiring Status|
At this time, we do not have a tattoo policy.
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
|Request/ Access Scores||Continuously.|
Washington State Patrol - Trooper Disqualifiers
The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.
TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 31, 2020 unless government restrictions are eased. With recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
We will continue to evaluate developments and make changes to this policy as necessary. When we do resume testing, there will be plenty of events for everyone to test. We are in regular communication with our public safety agency partners, assessing alternatives to the traditional testing model and our testing policies. Any future updates will be posted on the PST website and our Facebook page.
If you have tested with PST in the past 12 months, there may be additional positions you are now eligible to add. Several departments have temporarily changed their testing policies due to the suspension in testing that COVID-19 has caused. Please login to your PST account and navigate to the ‘New Positions’ page to see what departments you can add! We will regularly update that page in your account as departments send updates.
FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
We know that there will be testing in the future - we just don’t know when! We want you to be prepared for when testing begins again so we have created test events on our calendar that you can register for that will place you in a queue to be first notified. These tests are not “real” test events, they are essentially a holding area. You will be able to “reschedule” out of that event to any other event date/location at no cost. Registering now will also give you time to work on your Personal History Statement (PHS) so that your data will be ready and up-to-date to send to your departments once testing resumes.
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