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Community Outreach· Activities & Programs

The Washington State Patrol serves our communities not only through traditional volunteer work, but also through the implementation of Problem Oriented Public Safety (POPS). This POPS philosophy allows us to use innovative techniques to address these issues and reach out to our communities, establish partnerships to help solve traffic and public safety problems.

The Washington State Patrol is involved in outreach activities at local schools, military bases, and service clubs. Our troopers and employees are commonly requested to talk about fire safety, internet safety, DUI, seat belts, child restraints, bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as other traffic safety issues. In addition, troopers and other qualified State Patrol employees actively participate in county and state fairs as well as local health fairs, safety fairs and job fair recruiting booths.

While our community outreach and Problem Oriented Public Safety (POPS) approaches are both vital, there are key differences. Community outreach requests are general in nature, whereas POPS activities are more narrowly focused on specific public safety problems in local areas.

Learn about POPS, then locate the District POPS Coordinator in your area who will work with you on local public safety issues. Or contact the agency POPS Coordinator, Lieutenant Mike Turcott, Field Operations Bureau, at (360) 753-0223, PO Box 42600, Olympia, WA 98504-2600.

Outreach Programs

  • El Protector Program — The El Protector" program was designed to engage the Hispanic/Latino community through dialogue instead of focusing specifically on enforcement measures.

  • Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp — WSP and Kiwanis have teamed up to give interested High School Juniors and Seniors an opportunity to explore the various career opportunities in Law Enforcement.

  • Problem Oriented Public Safety — POPS brings the State Patrol and citizens together to solve specific public safety problems. Learn how it works and how to contact a POPS trooper in your area.

  • Tissue Donation Program — Troopers on the scene of a fatality collision relay basic information to communications officers, which is then passed to the Tissue Center. Donation coordinators contact the local coroner or medical examiner to find out if the deceased is eligible to donate.

  • WSP Traffic Stops: what to expect — Being pulled over by a trooper can be a stressful and uncomfortable experience. This page will familiarize you with what to expect if you are stopped by the State Patrol.

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