Washington State Patrol Trooper Cadet

Statewide, WA
State of Washington Patrol Trooper Cadet Department

$61,536.00 Annually

Position Purpose:
As general authority peace officers, Washington State Patrol Troopers uphold the Constitution of United States, Washington State constitution, laws, and statutes for the protection of its citizens.

Tasks you can expect as a WSP Trooper:

  • 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 estimate 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 pursuit immobility techniques (PIT) maneuvers, road blocks, and deployment of 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.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Be a United States Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States of America
  • Be 19½ years old at time of application
  • Possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver’s license
  • Possess a Washington State driver’s license and maintain such licensure during employment with WSP
  • Possess a high school diploma from a state sanctioned and recognized school, GED, or associates or higher from an accredited college