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The Office of the Chief is located at the Washington State Patrol headquarters in Olympia. Under the direction of Chief John R. BatisteAdobe PDF Format, the Office of the Chief oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency. The following report directly to the Chief: Field Operations Bureau, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau, Fire Protection Bureau (State Fire Marshal), Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau (statewide crime laboratories), Investigative Services Bureau, Technical Services Bureau, Labor and Policy Advisor, Government and Media Relations, and the Department Psychologist.

Government & Media Relations

This division serves two distinctive functions for the Office of the Chief. The legislative liaison is responsible for coordinating agency legislation with legislators, committees, and other state agencies. The liaison also reviews and seeks input from interested stakeholders on agency legislation and answers policy questions for legislative constituents. This office also handles all statewide media relations for the agency.

Personnel assigned to Government and Media Relations provide assistance and training to the district public information officers, answer media inquiries dealing with agency policy, publish agency media releases , and monitor regional news broadcasts and publications.

Additional support services through Government and Media Relations include the WSP Staff Photographer, Video services, Equipment and Standards Review, and the publication of the departments Inside Out Newsletter.

Labor and Policy Office

The Labor and Policy Office is responsible for working with the Office of Financial Management Labor Relations Office (OFM LRO) on labor relations matters and representing the agency at Master Agreement negotiations for statewide contracts. The Labor & Policy Advisor also works directly with bargaining unit representatives and union representatives to communicate, exchange information, and respond to grievances. In addition, this office trains management representatives on bargaining agreements.

The Labor & Policy Advisor provides assistance to the Chief on policy-related matters; coordinates WSP legal matters with the Attorney General’s Office, who represents the WSP; assists with in-service and basic training for employees; and serves as a resource for managers in making policy decisions.

WSP Department Psychologist

The department clinical psychologist is available to employees and their families to provide assistance when their well-being is threatened by vocational stress. The primary responsibility of the psychologist is to counsel employees after involvement in traumatic critical incidents. The psychologist does not become involved in long-term counseling.


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