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Washington State Patrol Relaxes Drug, Crime Rules for Applicants

December 5, 2013
The Washington State Patrol faces the possible loss of more than 200 troopers and sergeants between now and 2017 through retirement, and it isn’t attracting enough qualified applicants to fill those holes.

Washington Trooper Killed In Crash

June 3, 2013
Trooper Sean M. O'Connell, 38, had responded to the Skagit River Bridge collapse on Friday. He was working a traffic detour detail when a box truck struck his motorcycle near where a bridge had collapsed.

Washington State Trooper Takes Hit to Stop Wrong Way Driver

September 25, 2012
The crash disabled the patrol car with a broken axle. The wrong-way car was able to drive away. It continued to Interstate 5, still going the wrong direction before it broke down.

Washington State Patrol Replacing Crown Vics With Caprice PPV

July 26, 2012
The Washington State Patrol has begun the process of replacing 650 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors with the Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The agency has just begun the process and currently has five Caprice PPV sedans in the fleet.

Suspect In Wash. Trooper's Death Shoots Self

February 23, 2012
A suspect in the shooting death of a Washington State Patrol trooper early Thursday shot himself as SWAT members closed in. Trooper Tony Radulescu was a 16-year veteran of the agency.

Manhunt Underway for Shooter of Wash. Trooper

February 23, 2012
All available officers searched early Thursday for the person who shot and killed a Washington State Patrol trooper during a traffic stop about 20 miles west of Seattle across Puget Sound.

Video: Wash. Jury Rules Trooper's 1998 Death a Homicide

October 20, 2011
The death of Trooper Ronda Reynolds was initially ruled a suicide by the coroner. Her mother who had pushed to clear her daughter's name said the ruling was justice.

Wash. Trooper's 1998 Death Ruled Homicide

October 20, 2011

An inquest jury has overturned the initial ruling that Washington state Trooper Ronda Reynolds' death was a suicide, and ruled it a homicide. This KOMO investigation from 2008 covers the details of the case.

Washington Troopers Get Honda ST1300 for Highway Enforcement

April 25, 2011
The Washington State Patrol has begun adopting the Honda ST1300PA motorcycle and shifting away from BMW motorcycles for highway enforcement. There are currently 43 full-time troopers on motorcycles across the state and 12 have just completed the transition.

Traffic Deaths Fall to 60-Year Low

April 1, 2011
Law enforcement agencies in states with the steepest declines attributed the improvement, in part, to increased enforcement of speeding, drunk driving and seat-belt violations. Other factors include improved vehicle manufacturing, dual-side airbags, frangible power poles that sheer off at the bottom, and improved paramedic response.

A Training Solution for Searching Female Suspects

February 24, 2011

Female searches can be problematic for cops of both genders. Male officers are hamstrung by an inability to conduct such pat-downs, and female officers by their male counterparts' need to bring them to the scene to do the job.

Bikers Taunted Injured Washington Trooper

August 12, 2010
Trooper Brian Salyer was pursuing a group of riders on Japanese sport bikes when the riders cut him off, causing his cruiser to crash. The bikers clapped and laughed as the trooper lay bleeding and pinned inside his vehicle.

Washington Trooper Leaves Hospital, Suspect Arrested

February 15, 2010
Trooper Scott Johnson, the Washington State Patrol officer who was shot in the back of the head early Saturday, left the hospital Monday with bullet fragments remaining in his head from the incident.

Washington Trooper Survives Execution-Style Head Shot

February 14, 2010
A Washington State Patrol trooper is reportedly resting and in good spirits, after taking a bullet to the head from an armed man who fired two shots at him as he prepared a vehicle for towing.

Washington State Patrol Switches to S&W MP40 Duty Pistol

November 13, 2009
The Washington State Patrol has adopted Smith & Wesson's MP40 as its duty pistol because of the availability of replacement parts and multiple grip selection. The agency ordered 1,400 of the .40-caliber pistols from S&W, and will eventually cease using the Heckler & Koch .40-caliber autoloader.

Speeding Driver Was Rushing to Bid on eBay "Star Wars" Collectible

March 13, 2009
Just after 9 p.m., a State Patrol trooper patrolling Interstate 90 saw a speeding 2004 Volkswagen R32 passing other vehicles in the express lane in the Mount Baker Tunnel. As the Volkswagen came out of the tunnel, the trooper clocked it going 110 mph as it continued across the floating bridge. With the trooper behind him, the driver eventually pulled over on Mercer Island.

Drunk Drivers Hitting More Washington State Troopers

December 31, 2008
Impaired drivers hit troopers 25 times in 2008, up from 11 in 2007. About half the crashes happened after a trooper had stopped another violator or pulled into the shoulder to handle an accident. In a recent crash, a trooper's patrol car was pushed into another vehicle already involved in a crash, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Troopers Report Many Motorcycle Riders to Blame For Fatal Collisions

August 28, 2008
New statistics from the Washington State Patrol show motorcycle riders are to blame in many fatal collisions. State troopers report 80 percent of fatal collisions are the fault of the rider and half of the accidents don't involve a second driver.
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