Why I Became a Trooper

There's a story behind every badge. And a person behind every story. There are as many reasons and motivations for joining the Washington State Patrol as there are Troopers themselves. Find out how these Troopers are making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others every day.

Becoming a Trooper

Ever wonder if you could be getting more out of life? You owe it to yourself to find out if a meaningful, new and exciting career in the Washington State Patrol is for you. It's a career change that can change your world.

Life as a Trooper

Most people are surprised by how much freedom and flexibility they can have every day as a Washington State Patrol Trooper. It's exciting, enjoyable and no two days are ever exactly the same.

Advancement Through Education

The Washington State Patrol provides benefits that go above and beyond. As a Trooper, you can finish your college degree or even earn a Masters, and we’ll pay for it. We’ll help you advance your life and your career.

Personal Growth

There are many career paths you can choose within the Washington State Patrol. Being a valuable member of our team is fulfilling. Finding your way to your highest potential is priceless.

Serving the Community

You've probably heard it before: Be the change you want to see in the world. In the Washington State Patrol, you'll get that chance. Serve your community, give back and make a positive difference in people's lives.

Strength Through Diversity

Whoever you are, wherever you come from, the Washington State Patrol has a place for you. We strive to be the most inclusive, diverse organization we can be in order to better reflect the communities we serve.

The WSP as a Family

Yes, the Washington State Patrol is a government agency. It's also a family. Like a family, we rely on each other. Our success depends on our collaboration and teamwork. We're all in this together.

A Trooper’s Perspective

A Trooper’s job is much more than a ticket book and a nifty blue uniform. Being a Trooper is about keeping people safe and making our state a better place to live… in a nifty blue uniform.

Confidence Through Training

It takes many different types of skills to be a part of the Washington State Patrol, and our Troopers learn everything they need to know from the knowledgeable and supportive instructors at our Academy.

Real Trooper Stories

"She looked at me with tears in her eyes and she thanked me."


"You never know what might happen. There’s nothing routine about being a Trooper."


"I’m a Trooper because I want to help people and make a difference."


"I could see the look of relief on her face, that’s all I could ask for."


"I knew I had made a difference in someone’s life, and it was awesome."


"Knowing I can help people in their worst times – that’s an amazing feeling."


"I want to serve the public, I want to make people’s lives better."