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Applications now being accepted for Washington State Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp

Applications are currently being accepted for the 37th Annual Washington State - Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp to be held at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton from July 20 through July 26, 2014.

Washington State high school juniors and seniors with an interest in law enforcement as a career will have an opportunity to spend a week this summer learning about the roles and job opportunities within law enforcement.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 37th Annual Washington State - Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp to be held at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton from July 20 through July 26, 2014. 

Washington State Patrol on the watch for drivers who don’t move left for stopped emergency vehicles

The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers that state law requires them to slow down and move left if safe, when passing emergency vehicles stopped beside the roadway.

The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers that state law requires them to slow down and move left if safe, when passing emergency vehicles stopped beside the roadway.

Emergency vehicles include police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and highway maintenance vehicles with emergency lights activated.

Over the next few weeks, troopers statewide will be making an extra effort to contact violators they might observe in the course of other routine work.

Washington State Patrol warns of an identity theft investigation phone scam

There are reports of a scam requiring people to “call today” and confirm their Social Security Number according to a February 7, 2014, Washington State Patrol news release.

There are reports of a scam requiring people to “call today” and confirm their Social Security Number according to a February 7, 2014, Washington State Patrol news release.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) wants to warn people that there is a phone scam occurring in Washington State requesting people to give their Social Security Number when they call an (813) Florida area code phone number as part of an identity theft investigation. 

State Trooper sideswiped by distracted driver

A distracted driver hit a glancing blow to Washington State Trooper Dave Hintz's patrol car very early on Tuesday morning, November 5, 2013. Trooper Hintz was treated for neck pain at St. Joseph's Hospital. The distracted driver was not injured.

On Tuesday morning November 5, 2013, at 12:12 am, Trooper Dave Hintz was parked on the right shoulder of I-5 at mile post 251 in Bellingham near the exit to Western Washington University. His headlights/taillights were on as he worked northbound traffic with the radar, checking vehicle speeds.  At the same time he was finishing up on some paperwork on his in car computer, a Chevrolet ¾ ton pick-up, with a box type bed (an auto glass business), was northbound in lane 1 of 2.

Change your clocks! Know your alarm! Know your battery!

As the time change approaches on Sunday, November 3, 2013, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

As the Daylight Savings time change approaches on Sunday, November 3, 2013, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

There are many different types of smoke alarms on the market.  How do you know which one to buy?  What kinds of batteries do they take?  These are all common questions regarding a very important part of fire detection in your home.

Washington State Patrol wants to hire 300+ new troopers

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is currently seeking to hire 300+ troopers.  If you have ever wanted to be in law enforcement then now is a great opportunity to see if you have what it takes.

Do You Have What it Takes?

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is currently seeking to hire 300+ troopers.  If you have ever wanted to be in law enforcement then now is a great opportunity to see if you have what it takes. 

WSP is having its phase 1 testing at Lynnwood High School on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  Check-in begins at 7:30 AM. 

Extreme fire risk prompts Washington State agencies to call for extreme caution

With fire danger continuing to increase across Washington, officials from four state agencies urges residents to recognize that even seemingly low-risk activities, such as parking on a grassy field or using motorized yard tools, can spark a wildfire.

With fire danger continuing to increase across Washington, officials from four state agencies urge residents to recognize that even seemingly low-risk activities, such as parking on a grassy field or using motorized yard tools, can spark a wildfire.

Thirty-seven of the state’s 39 counties have declared burn bans.  Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has banned fires on all lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), including wildlife areas and other facilities managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

However, even those protections don’t address all the ways people can unintentionally spark a wildfire.

Avoid the Needless Death of a Child - Vehicular Child Heatstroke

As the warmest month of the year is here, the Washington State Patrol is urging adults to never leave a young child alone in a car - especially in the sun.

As the warmest month of the year is here, the Washington State Patrol is urging adults to never leave a young child alone in a car - especially in the sun.

Call 911 immediately if you observe a child unattended in a motor vehicle.  It is a specific crime in Washington to leave a child under 16 years of age in a motor vehicle with the engine running.

Stuck in a backup? Washington State Patrol suspects texting to blame

The Washington State Patrol is beginning to suspect that many of the collisions which cause traffic backups and delays are caused by people who are texting and driving at relatively low speeds.

The Washington State Patrol is beginning to suspect that many of the collisions which cause traffic backups and delays are caused by people who are texting and driving at relatively low speeds.

Those backups impede traffic, frustrate other drivers, and impact the state’s economy by interfering with freight mobility.

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