Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
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http://www.wsp.wa.gov

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: August 3, 2016
Contact: Sergeant Kent Hitchings
Phone: (360) 432-7503
E-mail: Kent.Hitchings@wsp.wa.gov
Twitter: @wastatepatrol


37 Washington State Patrol Troopers Sworn In

At a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon, 37 Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers were sworn in by the   Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court Barbara A. Madsen 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 37 cadets graduating today endured a rigorous application process, extensive background investigation, and received the best 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."

A tradition that began 95 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 106th 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 Michael J. Newton. 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. The recipient of this award was determined by an anonymous vote of his classmates, and is sponsored by the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation. This award honors the most recent State Patrol employee to give his life in service to the citizens of the state of Washington. Trooper Brent L. Hanger died in the line of duty on August 6, 2015. The award was presented today in Trooper Hanger's honor by his wife Lisa Hanger.

In addition to this award, Chief Batiste presented six trooper cadets with awards at a ceremony held on August 2, 2016, during an open house at the WSP Academy. These awards included:



Name

Number

Final Assignment

Home Town

1

Allen, Richard L.

312

District 2 Bellevue

Bonney Lake, WA

2

Bullock, Marcus D.

323

District 2 Bellevue

Spokane, WA

3

Burkhart, Pearce L.

328

District 2 Bellevue

Lakewood, WA

4

Califano, Anthony J.

332

District 7 Marysville

Puyallup, WA

5

Campbell, Joseph D.

728

District 3 Grandview

Yakima, WA

6

Carlson, Robert M.

353

District 6 Okanogan

Wenatchee, WA

7

Constantino-Perez, Denver O.

378

District 7 Maryville

Bremerton, WA

8

Cunningham, Timothy J.

385

District 8 Naselle

Vancouver, WA

9

Forman, Chance T.

577

District 7 Monroe

Ellensburg, WA

10

Garner, Katelyn M.

477

District 7 Monroe

Spokane, WA

11

Goodin, Robert J.

621

District 2 Bellevue

Burien, WA

12

Hayden, Jonathan T.

514

District 8 Hoquiam

Lacey, WA

13

Johanson, Brandon K.

554

District 8 Port Townsend

Seabeck, WA

14

Johnson, Kevin H.

565

District 2 Bellevue

Enumclaw, WA

15

Krendl, Shawn T.

572

District 2 Bellevue

Spanaway, WA

16

Kurle, Jacob W.

579

District 2 Bellevue

Pullman, WA

17

LaFave, Thomas C.

586

District 7 Burlington

Anacortes, WA

18

Madden, Scott T.

592

District 2 Bellevue

Lake Tapps, WA

19

Mangialardi, W. Joe

598

District 2 Bellevue

Bellevue, WA

20

Mann, Christopher D.

599

District 8 Hoquiam

Tumwater, WA

21

Mariakis, Patrick M.

556

District 8 Hoquiam

Elma, WA

22

McCall, Hayden L.

651

District 6 Okanogan

Orondo, WA

23

McKenzie, Shannon T.

677

District 2 Bellevue

Spanaway, WA

24

Meldrum, Joshua A.

1007

District 7 Oak Harbor

Marblemount, WA

25

Moore, Stefan P.

627

District 7 Monroe

Colbert, WA

26

Newton, Michael J.

643

District 2 Bellevue

Everett, WA

27

Paysse, Connor W.

555

District 6 Basin

Royal City, WA

28

Pease, Michael J.

658

District 8 Shelton

Davenport, WA

29

Pry, Michael D.

683

District 5 Chehalis

Olympia, WA

30

Regan, Joshua P.

675

District 2 Bellevue

Davenport, WA

31

Schahfer, Addison J.

681

District 8 Forks

Vancouver, WA

32

Sergeev, Ivan V.

689

District 2 Bellevue

Federal Way, WA

33

Watson, Tessa L.

709

District 8 Hoquiam

Olympia, WA

34

Weigand, Kevin J.

366

District 7 Marysville

Vancouver, WA

35

Withers, Virgil R.E.

730

District 7 Marysville

Kennewick, WA

36

Wittlake, Eric M.

746

District 5 Goldendale

Pasco, WA

37

Zeller, David J.

326

District 7 Monroe

Olympia, WA

 

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