FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

Washington State Patrol Faces Growing Shortage of Troopers

November 16, 2015  | 

Her eyes peering out from under a wide-brimmed Washington State Patrol trooper hat, Chelsea Krotzer recounts the day she helped rush blood to where it was needed for an emergency transfusion.

She became the middle link in a relay of Patrol cruisers, ferrying the blood from county to county, zooming down a foggy highway, racing against time.

“You never know what you’re gonna do when you come in to work,” Krotzer says in the recruiting ad, one of a series of billboard and radio spots featured, along with her photo, on the agency’s website. “It’s never routine. There’s nothing routine about being a trooper.”

Krotzer’s story is one of a half-dozen trooper testimonials the Washington State Patrol is using to drum up interest among a younger generation to take up a career in state law enforcement.

The marketing efforts are also a race against time. Beset with challenges that include a graying of the force, and trouble recruiting and retaining troopers who can earn higher pay in other local law-enforcement agencies, the State Patrol faces a staffing shortage in field operations, which covers thousands of miles of state highways.

There were 106 vacancies as of Oct. 30 — out of a total 671 positions, according to the Patrol. The average monthly number of unfilled positions has risen each year since 2009, the Seattle Times reports.

Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

[email protected] @ 11/16/2015 8:14 PM

This is really no shock. Why would a young person want to go into a profession where their a target because of the uniform they wear? And knowing that when the sh*t hit the fan the chances of their Chief or Mayor backing them up was damn near non-existent. Add to that the BLM stumblebums are out for blood, rioting and burning in their own neighborhoods. Just not worth it any more, what with budget cuts (read fewer Officers for back up) and the politics that are getting way out of hand. Sad state of affairs. Blues, Stay Safe.

Percy @ 11/16/2015 10:26 PM

Go have a nap and get a juice box.
Your comments get more insane and pitiful each day sweetie.

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Spain's Terrorist Attacks Part of Same Large-scale Plot
Authorities across Europe mounted a manhunt for those involved in a large-scale terrorist...
Video: VA Rescue Crew Uses Drones to Help Rescue Man Trapped by Tree
Members of the Danville Life Saving Crew and Pittsylvania County (VA) Sheriff's Office...
Louisiana to Review 16,000 Prison Sentences as Criminal Justice Reform Takes Effect
Louisiana's Public Safety and Corrections officials are reviewing the sentences of 16,000...
Video: Off-Duty CA Deputy Saves Choking 3-Year-Old Boy
An off-duty deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department is being credited with...
Chief Says Phoenix Police on "Maximum Staffing" for Tuesday's Trump Event
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams issued a statement Tuesday, assuring the public that...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine