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Community Outreach· Problem Oriented Public Safety

POPS Mission: The Washington State Patrol, in partnership
with our communities, uses problem solving, education,
enforcement, and assistance activities to improve public safety.


Learn about POPS, then locate a 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) 596-4124, PO Box 42600, Olympia WA 98504-2600.

What is Problem Oriented Public Safety (POPS)?

The Washington State Patrol has traditionally responded to public safety issues through random patrols and reactive responses to calls for service. However, in the 1990's the Patrol began combining the traditional concept of law enforcement with the philosophy of Problem Oriented Public Safety (POPS), which focuses on bringing the State Patrol, citizens, and other stakeholders together to work as partners to address public safety issues.

Many community and problem oriented policing (COPS/POPS) models have emerged in city, county, and state police agencies throughout the country. POPS is the Washington State Patrol's tailored approach to problem oriented policing. The two major tenets of problem oriented policing are:

  1. Problem Solving using a model called SARA (scanning, analysis, response, assessment); and
  2. Partnerships (engaging stakeholders and citizens in the problem-solving process).

What is a problem that falls within POPS area of concern?

A problem is a series of repeat incidents occurring in a community. The incidents have related characteristics (behavior, location, people, time) that concern the community and fall within the mission and jurisdiction of the Washington State Patrol.

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POPS Coordinator Directory


  • Agency POPS Coordinator:
    Lieutenant James Riley
    629 W Dayton Airport Rd - Shelton WA 98584-8945
    Phone: (360) 432-7583 - Fax: (360) 432-7640

  • Field Operations Bureau
  • District 1 - Pierce and Thurston Counties.
  • District 2 - Seattle/King County: Information call (425) 649-1540.
  • District 3 - Asotin, Benton,Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, and Yakima.
  • District 4 - Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman.
  • District 5 - Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, and Skamania.
  • District 6 - Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, and Okanogan.
  • District 7 - Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom.
  • District 8 - Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, and Wahkiakum.

  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement:
    Lieutenant Donovan Daly
    2822 Euclid Avenue - Wenatchee WA 98801-5916
    Phone: (509) 682-8103 - Fax: (509) 682-8170

  • Communications Division
    Ms. Meagan Renick
    PO Box 42621 - Olympia WA 98504-2621
    Phone: (360) 704-2283 - Fax: (360) 704-2287

  • Criminal Investigation Division
    Lieutenant Randy Hullinger
    PO Box 42637 - Olympia WA 98504-2637
    Phone: (360) 704-2953 - Fax: (360) 704-2964

  • Fire Protection Bureau
    Chief Deputy Dan Johnson
    PO Box 42646 - Olympia WA 98504-2642
    Phone: (360) 596-3913 - Fax: (360) 596-3934

  • Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau:
    Lieutenant Rob Sharpe
    811 E Roanoke St - Seattle WA 98102
    Phone: (206) 720-3018 - Fax: (206) 720-3246

  • Homeland Security Division
    Lieutenant Troy Tomaras
    1519 Alaskan Way S, Building 4 - Seattle WA 98134
    Phone: (206) 389-2728 - Fax: (206) 389-2730

  • Human Resource Division
    Lieutenant Jason Ashley
    PO Box 42620 - Olympia WA 98504-2620
    Phone: (360) 704-2301 - Fax: (360) 704-2297

  • Investigative Assistance Division:
    Lieutenant Chris Sweet
    PO Box 42347 - Olympia WA 98504-2347
    Phone: (360) 704- 2422 - Fax: (360) 704-2973

  • Office of Professional Standards
    Detective Sergeant Kelly Gregerson
    PO Box 42637 - Olympia WA 98504-2611
    Phone: (360) 704-2344 - Fax: (360) 704-2399

  • Risk Management
    Ms. Tammy Usher
    PO Box 42600 - Olympia WA 98504-2600
    Phone: (360) 596-4143 - Fax: (360) 596-4152

  • Special Operations Division
    Lieutenant Sam Ramirez
    PO Box 426 - Olympia WA 98504-2615
    Phone: (360) 596-3991 - Fax: (360) 704-2399

  • Training Division
    Sergeant Kent Hitchings
    631 West Dayton-Airport RD - Shelton, WA 98584-8945
    Phone: (360) 432-7503 - Fax: (360) 432-7642


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