District 8· 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.
Troopers in District 8 participate in and support the statewide POPS projects including Click-it or Ticket and Drive Hammered, Get Nailed. Troopers also work on local projects such as those listed below.
Call (360) 473-0102 for a POPS trooper in District 8, or check the listing of POPS troopers at the bottom of this page.
Projects and Successes
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- SR 16 Burley Olalla: A project working with the community and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to reduce collisions and improve safety of motorists.
- Rumble Strips, SR 3: As a result of several median crossing fatal and injury collisions, WSDOT installed recessed rumble strips along the inside and outside lane edge lines to alert motorists they are leaving the roadway.
- Traffic waiting for ferry: Projects addressing issues at the ferry terminals, including improving safety of vehicles waiting outside of the toll booths, vehicles cutting in line, and pedestrian and bicycle safety.
- Cross Kitsap Corridor: A Safety Corridor Project involving the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Patrol, Bremerton Police Department, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, United States Navy, and Kitsap Transit to reduce the number of collisions. The area of the Safety Corridor is State Route 3 from Bangor Navy Base to the Mason County line, State Route 304, and a portion of SR310. Law enforcement is aggressively enforcing collision-causing violations in the area.
- School Programs: Several District 8 projects involving troopers visiting schools promoting a variety of traffic safety issues, including underage drinking, seat belts, and bicycle safety.
- Local DUI projects: Troopers regularly participate in traffic emphasis programs focusing on drug- and alcohol-affected drivers. Troopers are also involved in educational programs with businesses, military, and schools.
Seat belt awareness: Troopers regularly participate in seat belt emphasis patrols and educational programs to promote proper use of vehicle safety restraints. Troopers conduct roadside surveys to monitor usage rates of drivers and passengers.
Aggressive drivers: Projects to identify areas where aggressive driving occurs and take appropriate enforcement. Troopers regularly participate in educational programs in the community to assist the public by increasing awareness of the problem and proper reporting.