OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Forty new State Patrol cadets have graduated from the state academy.
The new troopers will help fill 79 State Patrol vacancies.
To graduate from the training, cadets must complete physical and mental challenges, plus driving and firearms tests.
The new state troopers were awarded their law enforcement commission during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda yesterday.
Trooper Kevin Forrester says there are several reasons for the current shortage of state troopers. Number 1 is pay.
The State Patrol ranks 35th in the state among law enforcement agencies.
(From The Olympian)
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