Washington State Patrol seeks 60 trooper cadets

April 20, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 10:05 a.m. April 20, 2012

Washington State Patrol leaders need 60 trooper cadets — and fast.

The agency just received approval to run the 101st academy class in state patrol history. The class is scheduled to start in October, as the milestone 100th class concludes.

“We hear of agencies hiring five or six at a time, and we’re trying to find 60 top-notch people in just a couple of months,” said Capt. Jeff DeVere, commander of the state patrol’s Human Resources Division. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone considering a career in law enforcement.”

But potential recruits need to act fast. The state patrol is testing candidates in late April and early May.

The testing site in Western Washington is the Camp Murray National Guard Armory. Testing is scheduled for April 28-30 and May 1. Find more information on testing locations and times at www.wsp.wa.gov/employment/schedule.htm.

Even though the 101st class does not start for several months, state patrol leaders need to start the hiring process immediately.

The initial step includes physical fitness and written tests, followed by a meeting with a selection board. Later steps include medical and psychological exams, followed by background investigation.

“We ask you to be in good shape, however we do not set an impossible standard,” Sgt. Freddy Williams said. “We want smart, caring people who are in good physical condition. If I can pass this test, you can pass this test.”

The patrol expects to test around 2,000 candidates to fill the 101st class.

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