Becoming a Trooper

Get more out of life. Contact us to find out if a meaningful and exciting career in the Washington State Patrol is for you. Talk to a recruiter about the career paths listed below. It’s a career change that could change your whole world.

  • Aviation
  • Bomb Squad
  • Canine
  • Detectives
  • Narcotics
  • Auto Theft
  • High Tech Crime
  • Organized Crime
  • Motorcycle Patrol
  • Collision Reconstruction
  • Technical Collision Investigators
  • Internal Affairs
  • Missing and Exploited Children
  • Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
  • Executive Protection
  • Capitol Security
  • Homeland Security
  • Honor Guard
  • Bicycle Patrol
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT)
  • Technical Collision Investigators
  • Training Officers
  • Field Training Officer
  • Training Academy Instructor

Step-By-Step Process

We want you to be challenged, but we also want to make the process as smooth as possible. We're here to assist you in any way we can. We’ll answer all your questions and help you get to know us better. We want to ensure that you feel physically and mentally prepared every step of the way.

Step 1 Get To Know A Recruiting Officer

Our recruiters most important responsibility is to help guide you through the process. They'll give you insights and advice, and answer any questions you might have. They'll also be happy to introduce you to other Troopers, schedule a ride-along, or do anything else to help you on your way to joining the Patrol.

Step 2 - Pass the Four-Phase Hiring Process

Phase 1 – Written Exam and Physical Fitness Exam
Phase 2 – Polygraph and Background Check
Phase 3 – Oral Board
Phase 4 – Psychological and Medical Exam

Upon successful completion of the four-phase hiring process, you are eligible to be hired on as a WSP cadet earning $4,500 a month.
If you live outside of Washington State and would like to become part of the WSP, please contact a recruiter for additional information. Or for help scheduling an exam, send an email to

Step 3 - Attend the WSP Training Academy

Once you've completed your exam and interview, you'll be ready to apply for the WSP Training Academy. The Academy is where you'll start to get in on the action, learning driving skills and marksmanship as well as things like teamwork, leadership, and conditioning.

Once again (and we can't stress this enough), our recruiters are here for you, to help you prepare and know exactly what to expect. Take advantage of everything they have to offer. It all starts by contacting a recruiter today. How easy is that?

WSP Recruiters

Contact us and we’ll help you find the recruiter nearest you. Helping you in any way they can is what they're all about. You'll find them open, honest, and friendly. Who knows? It could be the start of a new and fulfilling career.