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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.

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[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.

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