It happens way too often on Washington’s roads. An officer is making a routine traffic stop suddenly a car speeds by too close for comfort…and on some occasions, strikes a Patrol vehicle from behind.
The roads serve as an “office” for first responders all around the state, putting them at a higher risk for injury. In 2015 alone, 33 Washington State Patrol (WSP) cars were hit and consequently damaged. That’s almost three Patrol cars every month. Although Washington State does have a “Move Over” Law (RCW 46.61.212) in place, it hasn’t stopped drivers from speeding by. Last year, Troopers made contact with 4,216 drivers for the “Move Over” violation.
RCW 46.61.212 requires that vehicles approaching an emergency zone should proceed with due caution, slow down, and if safe move over, or change lanes. Not doing so can run you a $214 citation that cannot be waived or reduced.
Troopers encounter dangerous situations multiple times every shift. We’re asking that you please help them get home safely by simply moving over and slowing down.
The Washington State Patrol will run an emphasis from Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Saturday, October 29,2016 looking for those violating the “Move Over” law. At the end of the day, we want people to be aware, cautious, and make first responders work space less dangerous.
We spoke with WSP Trooper Eisfeldt whose Patrol vehicle was struck by a driver. Keep in mind, Trooper Eisfeldt wasn’t the only one on Patrol that night. His K9 Betty was also in the car during the collision. Here’s their story:
Post written by Ms. Heather Anderson, WSP Communications Division Commander
“On July 14, The Washington State Patrol (WSP) had the wonderful opportunity to recognize the great work of one of our own and of a very brave 12-year-old named Karlie Rogers.
On April 24, 2016, Karlie was traveling with her grandfather and two brothers on State Route 16 midspan on the Narrows Bridge when their vehicle became disabled. Karlie’s grandfather got out to push the vehicle out of traffic and was struck by another vehicle. Karlie was quick to take charge and remove her younger brothers from the vehicle, get to safety, and dial 9-1-1.
Her grandfather was badly injured. Karlie also sustained injuries from the collision, but was able to remain calm and provide WSP Communications Officer, Ms. Gabrielle Anderson, with her location and the specific details of her call for help.
Ms. Anderson was able to coordinate with her fellow Communications Officers, Ms. Randayl Balogh and Ms. Kahmina Ford to quickly dispatch WSP Trooper Tharp to the scene.
Because of Karlie’s quick action and her ability to communicate well with Ms. Anderson, help arrived and her grandfather is recovering well.
911 Call Audio
Ms. Anderson took the time to recognize Karlie Rogers and in turn, command staff recognized both Karlie and Ms. Anderson for the great care and teamwork they exhibited that tough day. Karlie and Ms. Anderson received a Chief’s Coin in the presence of Karlie’s family and many proud WSP staff.
The work that our Communications Officers do as first responders can be a rewarding one. If you have an interest in joining a great team of dedicated employees, we’re hiring. Complete an application today for communications positions available across Washington via www.Careers.wa.gov.”
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer (CVEO) Mike Worlund.
CVEO Worlund passed away October 2, 2016 after a brief illness.
Mike began his career with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) in 1992. During his nearly 25-year career in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Mike distinguished himself as a dedicated and tireless employee. Mike placed a high value on taking care of his people and on ensuring his work, and the work of those he supervised through the years, was done with the primary goal of saving lives and protecting property.
“Mike Worlund was dedicated to the noble work of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and passionate about his people. For someone as knowledgeable about all things related to our work and who was known nationwide, he was humble. He was a walking encyclopedia for rules, regulations and laws but when he gave advice or guidance to all of us, he did it with a teaching spirit. We miss him,” says Captain Michael Dahl, Commander of the Motor Carrier Safety Division.
WSP Chief John Batiste echoed Captain Dahl’s statement, saying “The WSP was lucky to have such a talented individual as Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Mike Worlund.” Adding, “He made people around him better. Worlund was able to positively transform the culture and direction of commercial vehicle enforcement through his passion for teaching, and extensive knowledge base.”
Mike is survived by his sister Kasey, his niece Emma and a contingent of peers and friends in the WSP, too numerous to count.
On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Washington State Patrol had the honor of promoting three individuals who continually go above and beyond for the agency and the citizens of Washington. Congratulations to all, and thank you for your dedicated service.
Sergeant Grant R. Clark/241, Spokane to Lieutenant/64, Wenatchee
Trooper Daniel K. Tennant/1232, Bellevue, to Sergeant/203, Tacoma
Mr. Bruce A. Siggins, Crime Laboratory Division to Vancouver Crime Laboratory Manager, Crime Laboratory Division
The forecast is in…and it’s not pretty. Heavy winds and rain are headed our way, Washingtonians.
A series of powerful storms (three to be exact) are expected to hit western Washington Wednesday night, October 12, 2016, and last through the weekend; bringing strong winds, heavy rain, power outages, and possible coastal flooding with it.
If you’re planning to travel over the weekend, please be aware that driving conditions will be severe. While troopers will be out on the roads to help keep you safe, there are some things you can do to help get ready for your weekend travels.
First Things First: Prepare
First, be prepared. Let someone know your destination, your route, and expected time of arrival. Also, be sure to carry an emergency and disaster supply kit in your car (that includes snacks, water, a first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, etc.).
Before taking off, make sure your vehicle’s tank is full, and clean the lights and windows to help you see. It also never hurts to make sure your tires are in good shape and your windshield wiper blades are functioning properly.
If the weather is not ideal, stay off the roadways if you can.
If you do have to travel, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination safely.
Reduce your speed. Speed limits are set for ideal conditions.
Increase your following distance.
To be seen better, use your headlights.
Give other vehicles more space, especially larger vehicles as they are more affected by strong wind than smaller ones.
If You Are Involved in a Collision
Activate your hazard lights and if possible, drive your vehicle as far off of the roadway as possible while remaining on level ground.
If your vehicle is inoperable, activate your hazards and wait for law enforcement and first responders to arrive. If you are concerned about your safety and think your vehicle might get struck from behind, get out of your vehicle and move away from the road to a safer location. This is only recommended as a last resort.
If You Witness a Collision
Call 911 and be prepared to answer questions regarding the details of the collision.
If you stop to help, pull your vehicle off of the roadway and activate your hazards.
Do not park where a car could slide into you or your vehicle.
If you stop to help the injured, do not put yourself in danger. Things can happen quickly and other vehicles may not see you. Weather and poor road conditions can compound the problem.
You may further injure someone involved in the collision. If there is no immediate need for the occupants to be removed do not remove them.
Written by Ms. Lila Kirkeby of the Washington State Patrols’ Strategic Planning and Accountability, Technical Services Bureau.
“Chief Batiste is pleased to announce the first Washington State Patrol (WSP) Lean Developmental Job Assignment Program class graduated on August 11, 2016. 18 WSP personnel completed 58 classroom hours of Lean training and were awarded Certificates of Completion by Technical Services Bureau Assistance Chief Marc Lamoreaux and Investigative Services Assistant Chief Randy Drake.
Lean is an improvement methodology based on customer-centric definition of value, and providing that value in the most effective way possible, through a combination of elimination of waste and a motivated and engaged workforce.
Each participant demonstrated both leadership and outstanding participation. They will now be assisting management with teaching WSP Lean classes, serving as resources to other participants in areas where they have become proficient, and are committed to engaging in the monthly Results Washington Community of Practice events.
Every employee is a critical member of a team committed to earning the trust and confidence of the public. WSP is proud of our new graduates and would like to thank the Department of Social and Health Services for their continued support in developing this program.
Some of WSP’s Lean Improvement projects to date include:
The Washington State Patrol Marysville Crime Laboratory increased efficiency by 26% after improving the process of forensic DNA testing. The process improvements resulted in the highest case output in the lab’s history. The number of completed requests increased from 436 to 550 requests.
The Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division increased the average time for investigating complaints by Registered Tow Truck Operators, Scrap Processors, Hulk Haulers, and Wrecker businesses from 15 plus days to an immediate automated response and final response within 10 days.”
25 Washington State Patrol (WSP) employees raced through Olympia on Friday afternoon, as they attempted to tackle the agency’s version of TV’s…you guessed it…“Amazing Race.”
Members from the WSP Human Resources Division (HRD) spent the day competing in eight challenges:
Tour of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission to sort out fruit and veggies for their VegOut program that provides food for kids throughout Thurston County.
Tour of Criminal Records Division to include fingerprinting demo.
Tour of Property Management Division.
Tour of the Aviation Division – which included a ride in the flight simulator.
Visit the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office to make a get well card for Sheriff Snaza.
Tour the Executive Services Section to learn about Capitol Campus security.
Visit Skit at Tumwater Falls Park to work on WSP recruiting messages.
Fill backpacks with food for homeless kids in Grays Harbor County.
The event was coordinated by HRD employees Darlonna Vaughn and Whittney Cowin. HRD Captain Travis Matheson says he was “honestly in awe of it all.” He adds that not only did his employees learn about other divisions of the WSP, but had the opportunity to donate their time and resources to helping our community. “There were so many laughs, cheers, and positive vibes,” says Matheson.
This is just another example of the great work and service WSP employees provide on a daily basis.