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Washington State Patrol Trooper Cadet

Company: State of Washington
Location: olympia
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is a nationally accredited law enforcement agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve the quality of life of our citizens and prevent the unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis.

Mission Statement

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 earning the trust and confidence of the public through:

* Strong leadership * Effective partnerships * Professional excellence * Acting with integrity and accountability * Respecting and protecting individual rights * A culture of continuous improvement


Blue-We involve every employee in shaping and sustaining a culture of trust, collaboration, diversity, and continuous performance improvement.

Green -We use data and technology to ensure that the right resources are in the right place at the right time in order to create a safe motoring environment on Washington highways.

Gold -We help our partners to reduce crime and crime victimization, and to detect,investigate, and deter criminal activity and terrorism by delivering information-sharing and investigative, emergency response, and forensic services.

Red-We work in partnership with stakeholders to reduce risk associated with terrorism, fire, and natural or man-made disasters, and to protect life, property, and the environment.

Brown -We use planning to identify sustainable short- and long-term goals that enhance the capabilities of our employees, the agency, and our public safety partners.


Washington State Patrol Troopers uphold the United State Constitution, state laws, and statutes for the protection of its citizens; attempt to reduce the loss of lives, injuries, and property damage through appropriate enforcement action investigation, crowd control, and aid; expedite safe flow of traffic; and provide assistance to the public and its governmental bodies.


Works independently with minimal supervision to provide a range of police and safety services to the citizens and visitors of Washington State. Identifies and enforces traffic law violations in assigned geographical areas. Supports criminal prosecutions through the use of statutory arrest authority, search, investigation, and court proceedings. Expedites safe flow of traffic and assists with collision response and investigations. Provides assistance to motorists, emergency victims, the public, and governmental bodies. Serves on committees or assists with projects dedicated to topics such as public safety and crime prevention. Participates in specialty assignments and other duties as assigned.


* Conduct active patrol of assigned area and respond to calls for service during day and/or night shift, to ensure assigned area has patrol coverage 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. * Observe and identify condition of vehicles to enforce compliance with laws, rules and regulations. * Use speed-measuring device to gage speed of vehicles, identify suspicious behaviors and deception, etc. * Conduct proper, safe, and high-risk traffic stops or contacts, including issuing verbal warnings, tickets, or effecting arrests, take appropriate enforcement action for violations. * Operate patrol vehicle under normal and emergency situations while handling multiple tasks (observing, listening, reading, communicating on radio, etc.). * Perform high-risk vehicle maneuvers including thr pursuit immobility techniques (PIT), road blocks, and spike strips to stop fleeing vehicles. * Pursue potential violators or other persons with patrol vehicle or on foot. * Visually and physically search suspects and vehicles for weapons, paraphernalia, contraband, or evidence of crimes. * Communicate with persons in emotional states (hysterical, intoxicated, suicidal, etc.). * ldentify impairment and perform alcohol and drug impairment sobriety tests on subjects. * Detain/arrest subjects with handcuffs or other restraints. * Inform violators of violations and legal procedures. * Use appropriate force to protect life, property, and restore order. * Clear roadway from disabled cars, debris, damaged cars, and other traffic hazards to expedite flow of traffic and highway safety. * Assist stranded, disabled, or injured motorists by changing tires, arranging for tow trucks, jump starting cars, etc. * Inspect and maintain operability of issued equipment (e.g., gun, laser, flashlight, uniform, vehicle parts). * Provide manual traffic control at events or as needed. * Transport persons in patrol vehicle (citizens, suspects, etc.). * Coordinate towing and storage of vehicles. * Assume control and direct law enforcement personnel and the public at collision/incident scenes until relieved by superior officer. * Respond to critical incidents and civil disorder to protect life, property, and restore order. May also be called to duty to support critical incident response, which may occur 24 hours, 7 days a week. * Physically remove persons from dangerous situations. * Survey extent of damage and/or injuries at scene and collect, preserve, and document evidence of potential crimes according to procedure. * Investigate collisions, misdemeanors, felonies, and suspected criminal activity. * Maintain court-related knowledge (case law, procedural law, penal code, etc.). * Obtain and serve arrest warrants and book violators according to procedure. * Interview persons (suspects, witnesses, etc.) and research to collect facts and information for investigations. * Document evidence and situations for reports of investigation (write, diagram, perform basic math calculations, etc.). * Testify in court regarding criminal arrests, collision investigations, infractions. * Administer basic emergency first aid to victims. * Notify next of kin and other persons when loss of life occurs.

The character of police officers today is continually being challenged. Because public scrutiny is particularly intense for uniformed personnel, applicants seeking employment with the Washington State Patrol as a Trooper Cadet must possess an exemplary background and personal history. The nature of police work necessitates that only the best applicants are chosen. We have provided our standards to assist you in making a realistic assessment of being hired as a Trooper Cadet.

The WSP has four phases to our hiring process.

Phase 1 Physical fitness test and written test (Conducted by Public Safety Testing)

Phase 2 Polygraph

Phase 3 Background Investigation, Oral Interview

Phase 4 Psychological test, Psychological Interview w/ Psychologist, Medical exam

* Current Military -Please do not apply until you are within six (6) months of your ETS date.Please contact the WSP Human Resource Division (HRD) if you have any questions.

Minimum Requirements:

* Be a United States Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States of America * Be 19 years old at time of application * Possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver's license * Possess a current government issued ID card and obtain a Washington driver's licesne prior to employment with WSP * Possess a high school diploma from a state sanctioned and recognized school, GED, or associates or higher from an accredited college * Successfully pass a pre-employment polygraph examination * Successfully pass a thorough background investigation * Successfully pass a departmental medical examination * Successfully pass a departmental psychological examination * Be willing and able to work weekends, holidays, rotating shifts, and be on 24-hour call * Be free from the use of narcotics or controlled substances * Be willing to accept statewide assignments * Knowledge between right and wrong and demonstrate it by example and life style * Maintain good personal hygiene * Pay one's bills and meet financial obligations

Applicant must be of good moral character. Indications of a lack of good moral character include, but are not limited to the following:

* Conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation * Intentional deception or fraud or attempted deception or fraud in any application, examination, or other document * Acts or conduct that would cause a reasonable person to have substantial doubts about the individual's honesty, fairness, respect for the rights of others, or for the laws of the state and/or the nation * Conduct that adversely reflects on the individual's character to perform the duties of a trooper * Any applicant with a history of domestic violence shall be eliminated as an employee candidate at that point in the hiring process per RCW 10.99 and the Washington State Patrol Regulation Manual, Chapter 8.00.320. RCW Mandate - (Applies to all trooper cadet and CVEO applicants).

Applicants must possess the following physical abilities, skills, and traits:

* Ability to see, hear, smell, feel, walk, jump, run, climb, lift, drag, carry * Ability to jump into a vehicle, jump over guardrails, and change a tire * Ability to shoot a pistol, rifle, and shotgun with either hand * Ability to distinguish colors and be free from color blindness and night blindness

Must be able to learn and demonstrate the following job requirements after being trained by the department:

* Knowledge of First Aid * Knowledge of when and when not to use force, up to and including firearms * Communicate clearly when using radio equipment * Operate a standard-issue patrol vehicle unaided * Knowledge of when to use emergency lights and siren * Ability to demonstrate the proper use of all issued equipment * Ability to provide credible courtroom testimony


Trooper Cadets - $4,822.00 monthly base salary ($57,864 annually). After successfully completing the Trooper Cadet Training, Trooper Cadets are promoted to Trooper and will receive a Trooper's monthly base pay of $5,386.00 (64,632 annually).

Once a Trooper has reached six months from their commissioned date they will receive the following step increases until they have their fifth year of commissioned service.

Progression Monthly Base Pay:Longevity Pay:

* 0 - .5 years $5,386 * .5 - 1.5 years $5,708 * 1.5 - 2.5 years $6,051 * 2.5 - 3.5 years $6,287 * 3.5 - 4.5 years $6,797 * 4.5+ 5 years $7,207 * 5-10 years $7,424 * 10-15 years $7,572

After a Trooper reaches their fifth year of commissioned service, they will receive 2% longevity pay every five years of commissioned service.

For more information about Shift Differential Pay, Education Incentive Pay, Geographic Pay, and Specialty Pay, as well as Paid Leave Time and Benefits click here: www.wsp.wa.gov/be-a-trooper

The policy of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) is to recruit and provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants. The affirmative actioninformation requested in this on-line application is voluntary and is only used for reporting affirmative action information to the state and federal government.

The individual hired for this position may also be qualified for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For information on this program click onPublic Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

G.I. Bill Education Benefits:

Candidates entitled to G.I. Bill education benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may qualify for a supplemental monthly check while participating in an on-the-job training program. The Trooper positions with the Washington State Patrol is a position that require on-the-job training. To learn if you are eligible for these benefits please call the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) 442-4551.

For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.

NOTE: Veterans may qualify forVA benefits while training.

We thank you and are grateful for your service

Drug possession/usage beyond these standards disqualifies you for employment with the WSP.

"Possession"is defined as having actual physical control of any illegal (non-prescribed) drug for personal use with the intent to commit a crime

"Use"is defined as trying, testing, or experimenting, which includes, but is not limited to, tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing, or inhaling

* No use or possession of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) over five (5) times combined. This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule 1-5 drugs. * No use or possession of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) in the last three (3) years. This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule 1-5 drugs * No use or possession of Marijuana/Hashish within the last one (1) year, regardless of age * No use or possession of Opiates or Heroin, regardless of time frame * No injection of any non-prescribed illegal drugs, regardless of time frame * Use of non-prescribed medication for medical-related purposes may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Human Resource Division (HRD) Commander * No trafficking, selling, offering to sell, or transporting for sale of any illegal drugs, regardless of time frame * No drug use or possession of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) after submitting any law enforcement application * No drug use or illegal possession of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency (including military law enforcement) * No intentional inhalation (huffed) of any aerosol or substance (nitrous oxide, whippets, paint, glue, DXM, etc.) in the last three (3) years

Examples of Schedule I-V Drugs include, but are not limited to:

* Schedule I (RCW 69.50.204) - Examples could include: Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Ecstasy, LSD, Peyote, GHB, Methaqualone, Marijuana/Cannabis, etc.

* Schedule II (RCW 69.50.206) - Examples could include: Opium, Cocaine, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Depressants, Hallucinogenic substances, etc.

* Schedule III (RCW 69.50.208) - Examples could include: Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogens, Ketamine, Anabolic steroids, Hallucinogenic substances, etc.

* Schedule IV (RCW 69.50.210) - Examples could include: Barbital, Diazepam, Fludiazepam, Halazepam, Lorazepam, Phenobarbital, etc.

* Schedule V (RCW 69.50.212)

Any conduct deemed to impede the ability of the WSP to effectively fulfill its responsibilities; causes a lessening of public confidence in the ability of the WSP to perform its mission; or does not equate with the high ethical standards expected by the public of law enforcement agencies will result in disqualification.

* Have no felony convictions * Have no misdemeanor convictions involving DUI, use or possession of firearms in the commission of a crime, crimes of violence (i.e., domestic violence, assault, sex crimes, etc.), or controlled substances. * No DUI regardless of time frame. This includes reduced charges related to DUI convictions. * Other than those identified above, misdemeanor convictions over the age of 21 may be considered on a case-by-case basis, provided they did not occur within the last three (3) years. Final approval will be determined by the HRD Commander * Misdemeanor convictions under the age of 21 may be considered on a case-by-case basis provided they did not occur within the last three (3) years Final approval will be determined by the HRD Commander * No more than two (2) convictions of major moving violations (Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving 2nd Degree, etc.), within the last ten years * 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 licensure during employment with the WSP

For this purpose, the term "conviction" shall include any disposition adverse to the subject, except a decision not to prosecute, a dismissal, or acquittal; provided, however, that a dismissal entered after a period of probation, suspension, or deferral of prosecution or sentence shall be considered a disposition adverse to the subject.

Any applicant with a history or conviction of domestic violence shall be eliminated as an employee candidate at that point in the hiring process per RCW 10.99 and the WSP Regulation Manual, Chapter 8.00.320. RCW Mandate - Will apply to all fully commissioned trooper applicants and CVEO applicants.

Keywords: State of Washington, Olympia , Washington State Patrol Trooper Cadet, Other , olympia, Washington

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