Looking for a new career? The Washington State Patrol has more than one hundred trooper openings across the state.
A WSP spokesperson said there are a lot of open positions right now because so many troopers are retiring.
"Really the only requirement is to have a fairly clean criminal and drug history and have a high school diploma. Besides that, we are really looking for individuals who have a real passion to want to help others," said WSP Trooper Chris Thorson.
As of March 1, there are 171 commissioned trooper positions open state-wide, out of 1100 positions. There are 120 trooper positions open in the field operation bureau, out of 671 positions.
Spokesperson Kyle Moore said WSP will fill the 120 spots, troopers you will typically see out on the roads, before filling the commissioned trooper spots.
Last year WSP was losing nine employees a month. After legislators agreed to a 5.8 percent salary raise, WSP loses about five employees a month.
Moore said the governor's budget also includes raises for WSP. If approved, it will put WSP with the top six paid agencies in the state.
"We have a lot of troopers that come from a lot of different walks of life. We will train you as long as you have the passion, you want to come out here, help people out and do something good for your community," said Thorson.
The first step to starting the new career is taking a written and pysical ability test. The tests are happening across the state. On March 25 testing is happening in at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Yakima. On March 26 testing will be at Ellen Ochoa Middle School in Pasco.
Those who pass will then go through a six month academy in Shelton, Washington as a full-time paid employee.
Thorson said cadets go through a wide range of training, including drivers training, firearms training, defensive tactics and lawclasses.
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