OLYMPIA — Forty-one new Washington State Patrol troopers were sworn in during a graduation and commissioning ceremony in the capitol rotunda on June 26.
After completing more than 1,000 hours of training, these men and women are now assigned to duty in one of the patrol’s seven districts.
The Washington State Patrol Academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, accounting for about 100 to 120 new troopers. Historically, only about 4 to 6 percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become WSP troopers.
“The 41 cadets graduating today endured a rigorous application process and extensive background investigation and received the best training, unmatched anywhere else in the nation,” said patrol Chief John Batiste.
Two will start out in District 7 and be based in Marysville, serving northwest Washington. They are David S. Rudenko of Tacoma and Benjamin J. Alquist of Monroe. None of the graduates had a hometown in Whatcom County.