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District 7· 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


Skagit Community Connection:

Lieutenant Jason Armstrong & Sergeant Scott Betts

(2011 WSP POPS Project of the Year – 2011 Herman Goldstein Submission)

Snohomish County Speed Related Collisions:

Sergeant Graeme Kennedy & Sergeant Kirk Rudeen:

(2013 WSP POPS Project of the Year – 2013 Herman Goldstein Submission)


Skagit/Whatcom County CMV Related Collisions:

Sergeant Scott Betts & Trooper Mike Rudy

In early 2012 there was a noticeable increase in the number of roll over commercial motor vehicle collisions on State Route 9, in Skagit and Whatcom County.  These types of collisions have a propensity to cause a lot of damage and block the roadway a lengthy period of time.  The research disclosed that many of these collisions resulted in the CMV crossing over the center line and leaving the roadway.  The Troopers in Skagit and Whatcom County, in collaboration with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau, have developed a plan and strategy to address the collision problem, which will include enforcement and education.


POPS Coordinator

Lieutenant Ed Swainson
2700 116th St NE - Marysville WA 98271-9425
Phone: (360) 654-1102 - Fax (360) 654-1210

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