Traffic Enforcement · Field Operations Overview
Commissioned troopers carry out the department's primary goal of providing a safe motoring environment for the public. They are responsible for enforcing traffic laws, investigating collisions, and assisting motorists on 17,524 miles of the state's highways.
The Field Operations Bureau oversees eight geographic districts. Each district, faced with unique characteristics and challenges, has additional commissioned and non-commissioned people who support and serve in a variety of ways: vessel and terminal security (VATS); auto theft and narcotics investigations; vehicle identification number inspections (VIN); communications, electronic, and crime laboratory services; and providing administrative support.
For more information on each district, please click an area on the map or one of the links below.
The Washington State Patrol has 42 motorcycle troopers assigned primarily to the urban 1-5 corridor. Motorcycle detachments are located in Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville, and Vancouver. Additional motorcycles are assigned to Kennewick, Bremerton and Spokane.
Motorcycles are highly effective in apprehending speeders and other aggressive drivers, particularly in heavy traffic. Motorcycles are often the only emergency vehicle able to reach collision scenes and other incidents on crowded freeways with narrow shoulders.
With the northwest as a favorite destination for national leaders and visiting heads of state, WSP motor officers are frequently involved with dignitary escorts.
The Washington State Patrol is recognized as a leader in police motorcycle training. Motorcycle training is conducted annually at the WSP Academy in Shelton. In addition to classroom and dormitory facilities, the academy features a 2.7 mile drive course with an off-road environment, a low-speed skill course, and high-speed pursuit exercises.
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