State patrol seeks trooper cadets

April 27, 2010

By Staff

Washington State Patrol leaders need a few good men and women — 54 to be exact.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Legislature authorized the agency to hire 54 trooper cadets in July. Now, the state law enforcement agency faces a challenge to find enough qualified candidates to fill the class.

Hiring took on a new urgency due to the number of vacancies and potential vacancies WSP faces. The agency has 34 trooper vacancies, and another 100 or so commissioned officers will be eligible to retire Jan. 1.

The combined hiring and training process takes about 12 months to complete. The physical fitness test — pushups, sit-ups and a mile-and-a-half run — proves to be a significant hurdle for applicants.

Officials said about a third of all applicants fail the physical fitness test.

To help meet hiring goals, the agency will conduct testing in Kennewick on April 30. WSP will also condense the six-month hiring process into two months.

Learn more about the trooper cadet selection process here, or call a recruiter toll-free at 800-888-8384.

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