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*** For Immediate Release***

Date: May 13, 2015
Contact: Sergeant Kent Hitchings
Phone: (360) 432-7503
E-mail: kent.hitchings@wsp.wa.gov
Twitter: @wastatepatrol


32 Washington State Patrol Troopers Sworn In

Olympia -- At a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon, 32 Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers were sworn in by the Chief Justice Barbara Madsen of the Washington Supreme Court, and were presented their commission cards by Governor Jay Inslee and Chief John R. Batiste, who welcomed them into an organization known and trusted by the citizens of Washington State.

After completing over 1,000 hours of training, these men and women will join Washington’s premier law enforcement organization. The Washington State Patrol Academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, which accounts for about 100 to 120 new troopers. Historically, only about four to six percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become WSP troopers.

“The 32 cadets graduating today endured a rigorous application process, extensive background investigation, and received the best possible training, unmatched anywhere else in the nation,” said Chief John Batiste. “Today, they will join the ranks of Washington’s finest, as troopers of the Washington State Patrol.”

This tradition began 93 years ago on June 21, 1921, when six brave men kick-started their Indian motorcycles, strapped on an arm band, and started a proud tradition known today as the Washington State Patrol. The tradition continues to this day with the graduation of the 104th  Trooper Basic Training Class at the Capitol Rotunda, signaled by the stream of shiny white SUV patrol vehicles parked in the lanes leading up to the Capitol steps.

During the ceremony, the Core Values Award was presented to Trooper James F. Maguire. This award is presented to the trooper cadet who most typifies the Training Division Core Values which include: strong leadership, effective partnerships, professional excellence, acting with integrity and accountability, respecting and protecting individual rights, and earning the trust and confidence of the public.  Trooper Maguire was selected by an anonymous vote of his classmates. The award is sponsored by the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation in honor of the most recent State Patrol employee to give his life in service to the citizens of Washington. Trooper Sean M. O’Connell, Jr. was killed in the line of duty on May 31, 2013, and this award was presented today in his honor. Mrs. Alissa O’Connell, Trooper O’Connell’s wife, presented the award to Trooper Maguire.

In addition to this award, Chief Batiste presented six trooper cadets with awards at a ceremony held on May 12, 2015, during an open house at the WSP Academy.

These awards included:

Top Driving Award

Presented to Trooper Joshua L Bellesen; this award recognizes the highest level of proficiency with respect to driving skills and techniques, decision-making and mind-set, and steady and constant improvement through each phase of drivers training.

Top Firearms Award

Presented to Trooper Mason P. Acheson; this award recognizes the highest level of proficiency with all weapon systems, marksmanship scores and skills, and demonstration of sound judgment during practical encounter scenarios.

Top Fitness Award

Presented to Trooper Anthony E. Mastrolia; this award recognizes the highest level of drive and tenacity in physical fitness testing and training. The recipient of this award consistently performed at the top of the Trooper Basic Training Class during physical training and was also the top performing cadet in control tactics and defensive tactics training.

Top Academic Award

Presented to Trooper Annette C. Novey; this award recognizes the outstanding efforts of the cadet who attains the highest grade point average compiled from over 30 tests and quizzes during training. The class average GPA for the 104rd Trooper Basic Training Class was 89%; Trooper Novey’s GPA was an impressive 93%.

Top Collision Investigation Award

Presented to Trooper Tyler M. Roy; this award recognizes the highest level of proficiency regarding collision investigation, including mathematical computation, scene investigation, information and evidence gathering, report writing, and teamwork.

Top Overall Cadet Award

Presented toTrooper Cody M. Pierce; this award recognizes the trooper cadet who demonstrated great courage to overcome obstacles, unwavering dedication to stay focused on reaching their goals, and their ability to give 100% in every aspect of their training. Trooper Pierce demonstrated the necessary skills, abilities, and judgment to be an excellent trooper, and made extra efforts to continuously make improvements.

Graduating Troopers

 

Name

Number

Final Assignment

Home Town

1

Acheson, Mason P.

307

District 2 Bellevue

Addy, WA

2

Bellesen, Joshua L.

380

District 8, Shelton

Olympia, WA

3

Borgman, Benjamin R.

429

District 6  Moses Lake

Ronald, WA

4

Chicks, Bradley D.

444

District 8  Naselle

Vancouver, WA

5

Elliot, Jared L.

466

District 1 Tacoma

Lacey, WA

6

Gaddis, Michael K.

477

District 8 Bremerton

Gig Harbor, WA

7

House, Timothy A.

515

District 6 Okanogan

Kettle Falls, WA

8

Howland, Tyler G.

548

District 2 Bellevue

Puyallup, WA

9

Jaramillo, Brianna D.

597

District 3 Grandview

Yakima, WA

10

Kinkade, Andrew B.

588

District 7 Oak Harbor

South Prairie, WA

11

Lauer, Austin D.

622

District 2 Bellevue

Camas, WA

12

Lee, Arthur

647

District 2 Bellevue

Bellevue, WA

13

Litovchenko, Victor A.

655

District 7 Burlington

Ferndale, WA

14

Maguire, James F.

694

District 2 Bellevue

Spokane, WA

15

Mason, Matthew A.

737

District 2 Bellevue

Mercer Island, WA

16

Mastrolia, Anthony E.

753

District 4 Ritzville

Spokane Valley, WA

17

Morphy, Steven L.

757

District 2 Bellevue

Lacey, WA

18

Nawrocki, Nessa N.

778

District 8 Bremerton

Bremerton, WA

19

Niemann, Matthew J.

596

District 8 Shelton

Lacey, WA

20

Novey, Annette C.

795

District 2 Bellevue

Bonney Lake, WA

21

Pierce, Cody M.

835

District 8 Shelton

Spokane, WA

22

Preston, Tyler R.

842

District 8 Naselle

Battle Ground, WA

23

Reed-Simpson, Christopher J.

842

District 7 Monroe

Everett, WA

24

Reynolds, Mallory K.

882

District 2 Bellevue

Federal Way, WA

25

Robertson, Andrew J.

887

District 7 Monroe

Monroe, WA

26

Roy, Tyler M.

894

District 2 Bellevue

North Bend, WA

27

Schulte, Christopher J.

917

District 2 Bellevue

Graham, WA

28

Schureman, Nicholas F.

948

District 2 Burlington

Port Orchard, WA

29

Schuster, Gavin N.

350

District 7 Burlington

Seabeck, WA

30

Snow, James T.

953

District 8 Shelton

Olympia, WA

31

Tharp, Zachary A.

958

District 1 Tacoma

Olympia, WA

32

Wilkins, Jacob D.

978

District 2 Bellevue

Orting, WA

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