Washington State Patrol filling 60 positions to replace retirees


first_imgUnemployed for months or making minimum wage during the Great Recession that’s now grinding past its second year or longer?Working two lousy jobs in a county with 12.1 percent unemployment, to make enough to survive?Many men and women who spend half their days looking for jobs, some traveling on C-Tran buses, could be behind the wheel of a powerful police cruiser, blazing around a 2.7-mile road course while learning to drive fast safely at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton.Unlike many businesses these days, the WSP is actively looking for applicants and now has 60 vacant trooper positions statewide, due to a large number of retirements, officials say. In fact, the WSP has trouble getting enough qualified candidates to fill training classes.To attract more applicants, the patrol is offering monthly testing, and those who make it through the screening process get paid while they spend about six months training to be a trooper.Trooper cadets make about $39,000 a year, which rises to $47,000 if they pass the academy and become a trooper. The trooper salary can rise to $68,000, and more for higher-ranking jobs, said Dan Coon, a spokesman for the WSP.By comparison, the entry-level salary for a Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy is about $46,000 and can rise to about $64,700. Officers with the Vancouver Police Department earn more, about $55,700 to start and rising to about $74,700, but that agency isn’t hiring entry-level officers. The police department, though, is seeking applications from experienced police officers.last_img