The Washington State Patrol (WSP) |
is a professional law enforcement agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve the quality of life of our citizens and prevent the unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis. We will continue to work aggressively to enforce laws around the state while protecting the people of Washington from injury and grief.
The Washington State Patrol makes a difference every day, enhancing the safety and security of our state by providing the best in public safety services .
The character of police officers today is continually being challenged. Because public scrutiny is particularly intense for uniformed personnel, applicants seeking employment with the Washington State Patrol as Trooper Cadets must possess an exemplary background and personal history. The third phase encompasses a polygraph examination and a thorough background investigation.
The nature of police work necessitates that only the best applicants are chosen. The competition for a limited number of positions is very keen. For this reason, we have provided our standards to assist you in making a realistic assessment of being hired as a Trooper Cadet.
Applicant must be of good moral character. Indications of a lack of good moral character include, but are not limited to the following:
- In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document upon hire.
- Possess a valid, unrestricted driver license at time of hire.
- Be 19½ years old at time of application.
- Possess a certificate of high school completion or the equivalent from an accredited school.
- Vision corrected by contact lenses or surgery to 20/25 in each eye. If vision is not corrected by contact lenses or surgery, then uncorrected vision no worse than 20/100 in each eye, corrected to 20/25.
- Be willing to work weekends, holidays, rotating shifts, and be on 24-hour call.
- Be free from the use of narcotics or controlled substances.
- Body must be well-proportioned and in compliance with departmental height and weight or body fat standards.
- Successfully pass a pre-employment polygraph examination.
- Be approved for employment after a thorough background investigation.
- Successfully pass a departmental medical examination.
- Successfully pass a departmental psychological examination.
- Be willing to accept statewide assignments.
- Knowledge between right and wrong and demonstrate it by example and life style.
- Incur the expense of keeping one's uniform clean.
- Work in all weather conditions.
- Demonstrate the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide accurately.
- Maintain good personal hygiene.
- Pay one's bills and meet financial obligations.
Applicants must possess and/or demonstrate the following physical abilities, skills, and traits:
- Conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
- Intentional deception or fraud or attempted deception or fraud in any application, examination, or other document.
- Acts or conduct that would cause a reasonable person to have substantial doubts about the individual's honesty, fairness, respect for the rights of others, or for the laws of the state and/or the nation.
- Conduct that adversely reflects on the individual's character to perform the duties of a trooper.
Must be able to learn and demonstrate the following job requirements after being trained by the department:
- Ability to see, hear, smell, feel, walk, jump, run, climb, lift, drag, carry.
- Ability to jump into a vehicle, jump over guardrails, and change a tire.
- Ability to shoot a pistol, rifle, and shotgun with either hand.
- Ability to distinguish colors and be free from color blindness and night blindness.
- Knowledge of First Aid.
- Knowledge of when and when not to use force, up to and including firearms.
- Communicate clearly when using radio equipment.
- Operate a standard-issue patrol vehicle unaided.
- Knowledge of when to use emergency lights and siren.
- Ability to demonstrate the proper use of all issued equipment.
- Ability to provide credible courtroom testimony.