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 enforcement detachments and motorcycle unit in District 1. This patrol area encompasses the wildlife and wetlands of the Nisqually delta, the state capitol in Olympia, urban and rural communities throughout the county including Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Bucoda, Rochester, Grand Mound, and the lands of the Nisqually Tribe. There is a high volume of traffic from motorists traveling through the county on Interstate 5, visitors to the capitol and recreational travelers heading west to the ocean beaches.
Lieutenant Keith Trowbridge 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:
Phone: (253) 538-3240
Directions: Exit State Route 512 at the Portland Avenue/Midland exit. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto Portland Avenue; go approximately one block to the traffic light at the "T" intersection of Portland Avenue and 112th Street East. Turn left from Portland Avenue to 112th Street East; travel eastbound on 112th Street East approximately 2-3 blocks to 24th Avenue East.
Olympia/Thurston County Detachment:
Phone: (360) 586-4443
Directions: From northbound or southbound Interstate 5, take Exit 101 to Tumwater Boulevard. Go east on Tumwater Boulevard, passing through the Center/Linderson Way light. Cross over New Market Street, following the curve in the road through the roundabout. The Olympia Detachment sign is on the left side of the roadway, next to Building 16.
Call (253) 538-3290 for correct times and locations.
Directions: Follow directions to the Combined Transportation Center (above); turn right from 112th Street East to 24th Avenue East; VIN lane is approximately one block south on the left; follow signs to enter (building is on east side of parking lot, separate from main facility).
Resource Links & Travel Information
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