Communications Officer 2 (Former Employee) – Marysville, WA – July 5, 2018
Working at the Washington State Patrol Communications Center requires dedication, teamwork, and commitment to a high level of integrity. The hardest part of the job can be the necessity of multi-tasking, problem solving, and prioritizing tasks as new ones are added to an already long list of tasks to complete in a timely manner. The most enjoyable part of the job is the satisfaction of helping people that are calling in need of help.
short breaks, mandatory overtime, pay is low compared to salary survey of similar jobs in the area
Office Assistant III (Former Employee) – Tukwila, WA – July 13, 2018
It's the best agency by far that I've ever been fortunate enough to call MY agency. Free professional training, tuition reimbursement, excellent retirement benefits. I learned how to quickly assess any given situation, find an objective, develop a plan and quickly execute as time is not always on your side. The training provided was valuable both in my professional and private home life.
Human Resource Consultant Assistant (Former Employee) – Olympia, WA – November 7, 2017
Loved what I did for this employer but never really felt appreciated. The employees are great but management needs some work. Somewhat hard to get used to the paramilitary aspect. Very proud and respectful of the work they do.
Fingerprint Technician (Former Employee) – Olympia, WA – May 7, 2017
I only left the position due to my husbands promotion. I would still be employed there and enjoying every day. I was a Fingerprint Tech II and my job was to analyze and process fingerprints for various law enforcement agencies. All training was provided by the FBI which made it even more valuable. I learned about latent and ten print fingerprints. The workplace culture was somewhat relaxed and professional. The hardest part of the job was training. It was in-depth and satisfying. The most enjoyable part of the work was working with dedicated people and knowing that I had promotion potential.
Nationally Recognized State Patrol/Police Law Enforcement Agency
Asst Division Commander (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – February 16, 2017
Recognized was one of the premier law enforcement agencies in Washington State and in the nation. A highly professional and ethical department with the highest standards for integrity, humility, and training.
Trooper (Former Employee) – Burlington, WA – January 30, 2017
Respond to calls for service, investigate collisions, traffic control, patrol traffic, investigate crimes, testify in court proceedings. Learned how the criminal justice works, management level opportunities exist. Work place culture can be hectic at times. Hardest part of the job is giving next of kin notification. most enjoyable part of the job is helping the community
The State Patrol work as a team and are close like a family. It is a excellent place of employment
Data entry, customer service (Former Employee) – Moses Lake, Eashington – January 23, 2017
I really was honored when I was chosen out of several candidates that had tested for the position . They were very involved with donating to different programs. I can honestly say I was so proud to be a part of the Washington State Patrol
Trooper Cadet (Former Employee) – Olympia, WA – December 15, 2016
At first I was excited to be a trooper, but after a year and a half of being a trooper cadet I realized how much the State Patrol isn't a very good organization. Having a 91% overall gpa in the academy, I failed one practical and was told that I would still get to go on my coaching trip. 3 days later on the last day I was told no. They treat their cadets like trash, and if you were a mansion cadet as they call them, then you get treated like trash even if you get a commission.
The Washington State Patrol requires 100% commitmment. The phone lines and command center require that there always be somene avaliable.
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (Former Employee) – Bellevue, WA – June 3, 2016
The State Patrol Communication Officer position requires the highest level of commitment to the position and your fellow coworkers. Lives are on the line if you are not able to provided the necessary back up or tools that each Patrol unit in the tools or back up each Patrolman needs.
I enjoyed being part of a community that was larger than myself.
Analizador de Datos y Registros 3 (Former Employee) – Washington, – March 2, 2016
Un sitio muy a gusto donde trabajar. Un dia tipico seria, encender el ordenador, organizar el correo, contestar a las cartas. Leer los email. Archivar. La parte mas dificil mover fue las cajas pesadas llenas de documentos. En general, todo lo que hacia en este trabajo me gustaba
VIN Officer (Former Employee) – Spokane, WA – September 8, 2015
Good learning experience. Very good pay and benefits. The actual work itself was enjoyable and not very difficult. The culture was difficult due to prejudices and differences in personalities. I learned a lot about how to get along with difficult people and how to do the best job possible even if the conditions were difficult.
Trooper (Former Employee) – Spokane, WA – July 29, 2015
Contacted the public in multiple situations and showed me how to work with a variety of people from different cultures, economic status, races and religions. Enjoyed working with my co-workers and people from different agencies.
trooper (Former Employee) – Washington – April 30, 2015
Once a premier law enforcement agency now only exists on its tradition. The saying at the Washington State Patrol is the day you leave the patrol is they day they leave you. You're a number and a constant liability to them.
Decent equipment, training varies between mundane to exciting.
Bars and Stars, (lieutenants and captains) protect each other. Arbitrary and capricious discipline system.
Trooper (Former Employee) – Tukwila, WA – January 5, 2015
There are no quotas at WSP just "APA Goals" you are granted officer discretion, but they want you writing tickets. A very numbers oriented agency. Any criminal interdiction or collision investigation at night have very little meaning to the agency, they want DUI arrests, Speeding tickets and seatbelt tickets, even if it means ignoring other aspects of productive Law Enforcement. 99% of troopers are great people, the command staff on the other hand is a joke, they are disconnected to the field force and are in their position for personal or political gain. The WSP is not afraid to throw someone under the bus deserved or not, to make the agency "Appear" better in the media. WSP is not a well paid agency. A lot of troopers are leaving for departments with better pay that have respect and care about for their people. Even when this gets brought to command staffs attention, The Chief's standard response is "thats the first i have heard of this, i will look into it" and the next district visit, if it gets brought up again same answer. Bottom line, avoid WSP go county or local for LE jobs.