Field Operations · District 1 Home Page
Welcome to District 1’s home page serving Pierce and Thurston counties. District 1 is the gateway to the Puget Sound Region and Cascade Mountains. The communities surrounding this district support the major workforces of two large military installations, and the state capital of Washington. On this page, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the personnel and operations of District 1.
Please take the time to scroll through the various links to services provided by the district and the State Patrol. You will find the employees living in and working in District 1 take their professions very seriously and demonstrate a true commitment to serve the citizens of and visitors to this great state. Their pledge to public safety and traffic law enforcement is second to none. Allow me to introduce the district's Command Staff and the Detachments.
Goals & Objectives
To facilitate a safe and efficient motoring environment on state highways by:
Command & Support Staff
Lieutenant Blaine Gunkel is Assistant District Commander of the Thurston County patrol detachments and motorcycle unit in District 1. This patrol area encompasses the wildlife and wetlands of the Nisqually delta, the state capitol, a mix of communities and rural populations throughout the county, and a high volume of traffic from motorists traveling south on the interstate, visitors to the capitol and west to the ocean beaches.
Lieutenant Chris Old is the Assistant District Commander of patrol officers and enforcement activity in East Pierce County of District 1, encompassing state routes that connect and are in the communities of Parkland, Spanaway, Eatonville, Elbe, Puyallup, Graham, Sumner, Orting, Bonney Lake, Buckley, South Prairie, Carbonado and Wilkeson. This area of Pierce County encompasses an urban and rural mix of around the state and interstate routes east of Interstate 5 and up to the boundaries of Mount Rainier National Park.
Lieutenant Kristene O’Shannon is Assistant District Commander of patrol officers and enforcement activity on the interstate freeway system in District 1, in Pierce County, through Tacoma and Fife and State Route 16 over the Tacoma Narrows Bridges. The freeway system runs adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Tacoma Dome, and Port of Tacoma.Back to Top
Headquarters & Communications:
State of Washington Combined Transportation Center
Olympia/Thurston County - 222 Tumwater Boulevard, Building 16, Post Office Box 42640, Tumwater, WA 98504-2640 (360) 586-4443
Call (253) 538-3290 for correct times and locations.
Resource Links & Travel Information
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