District 1· Problem Oriented Public Safety
The State Patrol’s style of community policing is called Problem Oriented Public Safety, or POPS. The foundation of POPS is based on a philosophy of taking the concerns of the motoring public by addressing persistent problems. When a problem is identified by a citizen, trooper, or anyone with a concern, the POPS trooper works with other agencies and groups to develop the best achievable solution to address the origin of the problem. Solutions to various problems may range from simply educating the public to major construction projects.
Projects and Successes
- With the Instant Tow Program, tow trucks are dispatched simultaneously
with responding troopers to clear blocking disabled and blocking
collisions in the following areas…
- Interstate 5 from State Route 512 to Port of Tacoma
- State Route 16 from Interstate 5 to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
- An updated radio procedure was developed in District 1 to streamline the radio traffic by troopers requesting data from Tacoma Communications in order to facilitate communication between patrol units in the field and dispatchers
- A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)/Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Orientation was implemented to educate local law enforcement officers and Washington State Patrol troopers about the role of Drug Recognition Experts, their levels and areas of expertise, and the criteria and protocol for requesting them to provide assistance.
- Serious Collision Impaired Driver Testing is a program to ensure Drug Recognition Experts are requested to respond to the scene of all serious injury or fatality collisions where the causing driver survived and may be impaired.
- A recovery process was developed to make the DUI offender accountable for the cost of processing time incurred by arresting officers.
- The Time and Activity System (TAS) is one of the administrative sub-systems in the Washington State Patrol's Computer On-line Patrol System. TAS supports the operation and administration of the Washington State Patrol by providing management personnel with information regarding employee time accountability for payroll; deployment and performance statistics; fund accountability; contract, personnel, and mileage costs; and assistance provided to local governments. Statistics drawn from recorded activity are vital in determining the agency's progress in enforcement efforts. A project has been initiated in District 1 to ensure timely submission so information can be efficiently and quickly retrieved and utilized.
- District 1 established emphasis patrols in Washington State Department of Transportation construction zones to enhance the safety of WSDOT crews by providing increased visibility and targeting core mission strategies such as DUI, speed, and aggressive driving. The project was initiated by the motorcycle detachment. The motorcycle has proven to be a valuable tool to use in work zone enforcement due to its maneuverability and versatility.
- District 1 established a Public Information Officer who also carries out recruiting duties. This position provides improved access for public presentations addressing traffic safety and recruiting trooper candidates. Current social media technologies, including Twitter and Facebook, are used to provide up to the minute information as needed to the media and public.
- Lieutenant Blaine Gunkel
2502 112th St. E - Tacoma WA 98445-5104
Phone: (253) 538-3104 - Fax: (253) 538-3270
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