About Us · Agency Overview
The Washington State Patrol makes a difference every day,
Welcome to the Web site of the Washington State Patrol (WSP), one of the premier law enforcement organizations in the nation. Our Web site will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about us and the many services we provide.
The WSP is a professional law enforcement agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve the quality of life of our citizens and prevent the unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis. We will continue to work aggressively to enforce laws around the state while protecting the people of Washington from injury and grief.
The 600 or so troopers patrolling the highways every day are the most visible part of this agency, but there are also over 1,000 civilian employees who are less visible and just as important. They include those who work for the State Fire Marshal to help prevent fires in your home or workplace; those who work as technicians and scientists in our crime labs processing DNA samples to help prosecute criminal cases; and they include investigative support staff who maintain our criminal records and databases so that sex offenders don’t end up working with children.
Keeping our state safe is a huge job, even with our commissioned and civilian staff. That is why we routinely partner with other law enforcement, traffic safety, and criminal justice agencies to provide the highest quality of service to the citizens of this state.
The Internet gives us a unique opportunity to share information and ideas directly with those we serve, so I thank you and I hope you enjoy the time you spend visiting our Web site. If you have questions, be sure to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief John R. Batiste
Today, commissioned and non-commissioned employees work in a variety of specialties and programs within the agency's six bureaus. These bureaus combine to administer the activities of over 2,200 commissioned officers and civil service personnel.
Chief John Batiste
The Deputy Chief, Department Psychologist, Government and Media Relations, and the Labor and Policy Advisor all report directly to the Chief.
The Deputy Chief reports directly to the Chief and oversees agency operations pertaining to the Field Operations Bureau, Fire Protection Bureau, Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau, Investigative Services Bureau, Technical Services Bureau, and the Budget and Fiscal Services Office.
For additional information, please see Budget & Fiscal Services.
Assistant Chief Ron Rupke
The Field Operations Bureau (FOB) is comprised of eight districts. Commissioned troopers carry out the department's primary goal of providing a safe motoring environment for the public. They are responsible for enforcing traffic laws, investigating collisions, and assisting motorists.
Assistant Chief Mike DePalma
The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau (CVEB) is responsible for promoting and educating the safe travel of commercial vehicles on the state’s highways, enhancing safe transportation of school children and protecting the state’s infrastructure. CVEB oversees the maintenance and replacement of department facilities, as well as the purchasing, equipping and maintaining all agency fleet vehicles.
State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy
The State Fire Marshal
oversees the Fire Protection Bureau (FPB) and provides fire protection
services to the general public, fire districts, and government agencies;
regulates fireworks and sprinkler licensing;
operates the State Fire Training Academy;
provides a certification program through a standards and accreditation
process; coordinates the state fire service resources for
mobilization during disasters; and provides hazardous
materials training and life safety prevention education to the public.
Director Larry Hebert
The Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau (FLSB) provides a wide range of forensic science expertise to city, county, and state law enforcement officers, assisting agencies at crime scenes, preparing evidence for trial, and providing expert testimony. The bureau oversees the State's Breath Alcohol Test Program, Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program, six Crime Laboratories, the Latent Print Laboratory, and the State Toxicology Laboratory.
Assistant Chief Chris Gundermann
The Investigative Services Bureau (ISB)
provides various public services, including vessel and terminal safety;
narcotics investigation and dismantling of clandestine labs; fatality,
criminal, and missing persons investigations; computer forensics;
Criminal Records and organized crime intelligence.
Assistant Chief Shawn Berry
Services Bureau (TSB) oversees the agency's support services and
technical systems that Washington State Patrol troopers and all other
criminal justice officials use every day in protecting the citizens
of Washington State. The bureau oversees six divisions, including
Communications, Electronic Services, Human Resources,
Information Technology, Risk Management and Training Divisions.
Team Behind the Badge
We have produced a video called The Team Behind the Badge , which provides an overview of our history and our continuing efforts to enhance public safety for the citizens of Washington State.
An alternate Adobe PDF Transcript is provided for those who experience difficulty viewing this video.
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