YAKIMA, Wash - Forty new state troopers have just graduated from their training. State patrol leaders say the Yakima area has been short troopers the last two years. The cadets graduated Wednesday and four of them started their shift in Yakima Thursday.
A lieutenant for the state patrol says being short troopers the last two years was hard on their crews and they couldn't respond to incidents has fast as they would've liked. He also says people will notice a difference.
"They're going to notice a little more visibility, there is four more white patrol cars out there patrolling the local highways here in the Yakima area, so your going to notice, it will seem like there is more troopers," says Lt. Jim Keightley of the Washington State Patrol.
The Yakima area now has 17 troopers, they are allowed 18.
Lt. Keightley also says in his eight years on the force he has never seen any trooper start their career in Yakima.