About Us · Technical Services Bureau
The dedicated employees in the Technical Services Bureau form the backbone of support services and technical systems that Washington State Patrol troopers and all other criminal justice officials use thousands of times every day in protecting the citizens of Washington State. The importance of these services and systems cannot be overstated. Without them, the criminal justice system simply could not function. The professional expertise of the staff in the Technical Services Bureau significantly contributes to the Washington State Patrol being considered among the top law enforcement agencies in the United States.
Divisions reporting to the bureau include the Communications Division, Electronic Services Division, Human Resource Division, Information Technology Division, Property Management Division, Risk Management Division and the Training Division.
The Communications Division operates a 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year statewide emergency communications system, which includes eight centers. The division provides emergency dispatch services for the Washington State Patrol, and 18 other State, Federal, and Tribal Agencies on contract basis including Department of Fish and Wildlife, Liquor Control Board, State Parks, U.S. Marshal and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.
A Communications Officer's Mission and Responsibility
For additional information on Washington State Patrol Communications Officers, visit our Communications Careers page.
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Electronic Services Division
The Electronic Services Division (ESD) consists of two major sections: Technology Engineering and Field Support.
Technology Engineering Section
The section provides the Washington State Patrol with engineering skills in communication, electronic, networking, analog, and digital designs.
Field Support Section
The section is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all Washington State Patrol communications equipment and systems, consisting of portable radio, mobile radio, mobile computer systems, speed-measuring devices, communications center radio, and vehicle installations.
Human Resource Division
The Human Resource Division (HRD) provides human resource services to Washington State Patrol employees, the agency, and the public. HRD processes trooper applications and maintains eligibility lists in accordance with Field Operations Bureau staffing needs. HRD also conducts position reviews and promotional examinations.
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Information Technology Division
The Information Technology Division (ITD) is a customer-oriented division which supports the Washington State Patrol in evaluating new software, writing/developing highly complex programs, and providing project managers to manage information technology. This section includes a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week operation to monitor mission-critical programs and to provide computer customer support for all of the State Patrol.
Risk Management Division
Provide the highest quality risk management applications in law enforcement.
The Risk Management Division’s (RMD) mission is to assist the agency in critically identifying, reducing, and managing its risk exposure.
The RMD, Technical Services Bureau, Washington State Patrol (WSP), is comprised of the Audit Section, Public Disclosure Section, and the Strategic Planning and Accountability Section. The division develops strategies and provides analysis and direction to the agency on all risk management issues. It also oversees and manages compliance to laws and rules regarding records management and public disclosure. In addition, responsibilities include conducting audits, administering property and evidence handling policies, ensuring compliance with state mandates and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) standards, leading strategic planning initiatives, and providing document management services.
Office of the Commander
The RMD Commander’s Office is the department’s central point of contact regarding all state audits, tort claims and litigation, and records management, and works closely with the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Department of Enterprise Services/Risk Management (DES/RM), Secretary of State’s Office (SSO), and the State Auditor’s Office (SAO). Specific duties of the Commander and/or his Office include:
Audits are conducted in accordance with the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing as set forth by The Institute of Internal Auditing, and in conformance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book) published by the Comptroller General of the United States. The Evidence Control Officer provides compliance and evidence audit services to ensure that all districts and divisions that collect, store, or evaluate property and evidence maintain the high standards set by the department, the Office of Financial Management, and CALEA.
Public Disclosure Section
The Public Disclosure Section is responsible for coordinating public records requests for the agency. The section also assists external stakeholders with public disclosure requests, discovery demands (for cases not involving the WSP), and subpoenas by gathering, copying, delivering, and maintaining relevant records, including electronic and traditional records.
Strategic Planning and Accountability Section
The Strategic Planning and Accountability Section provides planning and policy support to the department, including: strategic planning, Lean leadership and coordination, Results Washington, CALEA, Washington State Quality Award (WSQA), document management, printing and copying services, and publication of the Daily Bulletin.
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