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The Executive Services Section provides security and protection for the Governor, the Governor's family, and the Lieutenant Governor. This includes security at the Governor's Mansion. This section also provides security for visiting dignitaries as directed by the Governor or the State Patrol Chief. Executive Services personnel also provide law enforcement, visitor security, and parking enforcement on the state Capitol Campus, which includes a detachment located at the Department of Labor and Industries Building in Tumwater, Washington.
The Executive Services Section provides security and protection for the Governor, the Governor’s family, and the Lieutenant Governor. This includes protective security at the Governor’s office as well as various venues throughout the state, the nation, and foreign countries. This section also coordinates security for visiting dignitaries as directed by the Governor or Chief. Visit the Governor at http://governor.wa.gov/
The Governor’s Mansion is the official residence of the states highest elected official, as well as a working office, meeting place and museum. Security is provided to the residence on the Capitol Campus by a dedicated detachment.
Capitol Campus Detachment
Police services for the 435 acres, 3 million square feet of office buildings and four state parks, known as the Capitol Campus, are provided by a headquarters based detachment in Olympia. Criminal and traffic law enforcement as well as security for visitors and state legislators is provided by uniformed personnel on foot, bicycles, and patrol vehicles. Detachment personnel are augmented by additional troopers during legislative sessions to ensure elected officials are provided a secure environment to conduct the business of the government.
State Facilities Detachment
This detachment provides security, protection and assistance to the Department of Labor & Industries Office in Tumwater as well as the State Archives Office. The investigation of criminal offenses, threats, trespassing and protection of precious state documents such as the original state constitution are among this unit’s duties as well as providing detailed security assessments for state facilities.
The WSP Aviation Section provides aerial traffic enforcement, traffic congestion management, and other aerial law enforcement services in support of the Patrol's public safety mission.
The Aviation Section uses five Cessna fixed wing aircraft to perform public safety missions, including two Cessna 206 equipped with gyro-stabilized Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras. The Cessna 206 FLIR aircraft, with its zoom cameras, thermal imagers, digital recorders, and microwave downlink capabilities has proven to be an effective tool to locate and apprehend aggressive drivers, reduce collisions (aerial pursuit management), reduce traffic congestion (improve identification of blocking incidents on state highways), enhance response to hazardous material incidents on state highways, reduce vulnerability to terrorism, and enhance emergency response and recovery from attacks that do occur (proven during homeland security exercises only). Since terrorists could potentially destroy highway infrastructure (including WSF terminals/boats), the prevention of a terrorist attack is directly linked back to traffic safety and the efficient flow of traffic in Washington State.
Pilots in the Aviation Section assist troopers in detecting traffic violations from the air as well as providing assistance to agency staff and local jurisdictions with drug enforcement, aerial surveillance, and transporting donor organs and blood supplies in medical emergencies. The Metro Air Patrol flies in King and Snohomish Counties during rush hour to help reduce congestion. The pilots and flight officers often report collisions before Communications hears about them. They also respond to collisions and disabled vehicles to verify that they are still there and to check to see if the roadway is blocked, which saves time for troopers on the road. The Aviation Section also provides safe, efficient, and reliable air transportation for the governor, agency personnel, and other state agencies.
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