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What Does a Shortage of WSP Troopers Mean for Washington Drivers?

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Nov 17, 2015 | 0 Comments


There's an interesting article that was printed in the Seattle Times over the weekend about a shortage of Washington State Patrol troopers. The article revealed that the number of open WSP positions has risen each year since 2009; and that currently, more than 15% of the trooper jobs are unfulfilled statewide.

The article points to a retiring workforce as one reason for the shortage. But it also notes a trend of younger WSP troopers leaving the force for other jobs which often pay more. A graphic that accompanied the article showed that the starting WSP salary was lower than that of police departments in Seattle, Tacoma, and Kennewick; along with Sheriff's Offices in King, Pierce, and Shonomish counties.

What does this mean for Washington drivers? Obviously, it means that there are fewer WSP troopers who have to cover more ground in patrolling, and that response times for auto accidents and similar problems are higher than they would otherwise be.

Taking that a step further, if the WSP's resources are stretched thinly, it means that the troopers are more likely to mistakes, since each one is responsible for an ever-increasing workload. That means they may not follow proper protocols when issuing speeding citations, investigating collisions, or arresting people for driving under the influence.

That's why it's important to engage the services of a qualified defense attorney. Because if the WSP fails to adhere to the laws, procedures, or policies when citing or arresting you, an experienced attorney can spot these errors - and your offense could be thrown out as a result.

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Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney

Highly rated by former clients, who praise his warm, knowledgeable courtside manner and his fierce determination to reduce or eliminate charges. An accomplished speaker, author, and leader in DUI defense statewide Kevin is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and other attorneys across the State of Washington for his expertise, integrity, and knowledge in the complicated forensic science area of impaired driving allegations.


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