The Washington State Patrol (WSP) kicked off a new Arming class Monday August 15, 2016 with a total of 60 recruits— making it the largest arming class the WSP has ever seen.

Over the next seven weeks, these men and women will go through rigorous PT work outs, classroom learning, defensive tactics, and firearms training. They will also get an inside look into the unique and professional culture of the Washington State Patrol.

After successfully completing their arming training, these Trooper Cadets will enter 16 weeks of Trooper Basic training before becoming official Washington State Patrol Troopers.

Despite the difficult landscape of law enforcement today, these recruits are more committed than ever. Trooper Cadet Eyzik Sporleder says he joined the Washington State Patrol because it is an “elite organization.” He adds, “The current challenges facing the Law Enforcement community has made me want to become a Trooper even more. Every time I hear about law enforcement officers being harmed in the line of duty, I want to be out there as soon as I can. It’s about protecting and serving everyone.”

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Cadet Eyzik Sporleder (middle)

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