The Washington State Patrol Academy is home to one of the finest driving training courses in the nation, and this week, Trooper Cadets got to test their knowledge out on the track.
Lead Collision Instructor Corporal Ian Morhous explains, “one of the greatest challenges facing the Collision Investigation program is getting the Trooper Cadets as much exposure to as many different types of collisions as possible before they leave the Academy.”
With heat waves rising from the asphalt and sun beaming down on his face, a Trooper Cadet rushed to inspect a staged hit and run crash and check on “injured” actors in an ambulance. As an instructor followed close by, the Trooper Cadet deployed all the collision investigation skills he has learned over the past several weeks.
Morhous says, “the ‘Hit and Run’ practical is an example of just one type of collision they will investigate when they become WSP Troopers. For this practical we partner with local fire and aid personnel along with volunteers to act as victims, witnesses, and suspects. Cadets respond to the collision scene, identify the collision as a hit and run and then gather as much information as possible from the victim, who’s in the back of an aid car, and witnesses on scene. The cadets have to then relay that information to communications so other units look for the suspect vehicle.” He adds the Cadets are graded on everything from scene management to filing the correct paperwork.
The Academy is dedicated to utilizing the best training programs, technology, and exercises available to produce the finest Troopers. Morhous says, “we consistently receive positive feedback from cadets on this practical and are always looking for ways to make it better and more beneficial to them.”
Trooper Cadets from Recruit Class 106 will continue their training on the course, on the range, in the field, and in the classroom until their graduation in August. The Patrol is proud of their progress this week and every week.