Washington State Patrol going on hiring blitzon April 16, 2012 @ 12:09 pm (Updated: 1:18 pm - 4/16/12 )
Twenty-three percent of the patrol is expected to retire over the next few years, and Trooper Pete Stock says that means they need to get 60 people into the academy this year.
"We have some pretty large projections for losing a lot of our commissioned staff over the next several years," said Stock. "In order to maintain our service to the public and the citizens, we need to get these vacancies filled."
WSP is holding four days of physical and written tests at the end of the April for anyone who wants to apply.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone considering a career in law enforcement," said Capt. Jeff DeVere, commander of the Patrol's Human Resources Division. "We hear of agencies hiring five or six at a time, and we're trying to find 60 top-notch people in just a couple of months."
DeVere said even though they need people quickly, they won't be compromising their standards.
"We need the right 60 people," said DeVere.
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