Every year the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) honors agencies who excel in public service at an annual awards conference. Well, the 2017 results are in and the Washington State Patrol is proud to be among the list of this year’s winners, bringing home not one but two awards!

The Washington State Patrol Commercial vehicle Division brought home the first award for “Excellence in Government Partnerships.” The award was given for the life-saving work done by WSP Sergeant Darin Foster. Sergeant Foster spearheaded a project with the Washington State Department of Transportation and private companies to secure funding to redesign an entire intersection in Eastern Washington. Since the redesign, there have been no reported motor vehicle collisions at the intersection.

In summer of 2018, the WSP took Sergeant Foster’s same partnership model and redesigned another intersection in the surrounding Eastern Washington area. During the ribbon cutting ceremony, WSP Chief John R. Batiste announced that not only did Sergeant Foster’s project win the national title; it also took home first internationally. We also had the opportunity to present the awards to our partner agencies.

The WSP also won a PACE award – which stands for Public Affairs and Consumer Education. Categories range from visual arts to writing. This year, the WSP was awarded first place for best blog overall – bringing home both a national and international win. The award is given to the best blog written by staff and featuring members’ activities, programs, or initiatives. WSP’s blog, InsideOut, is a large part of the agency’s communication strategy. It provides us a forum to transparently engage with the public and build a trustworthy relationship with the communities we serve.

The Washington State Patrol is dedicated to making a difference every day by providing the best in public safety services. We are honored to receive these awards and will continue to strive for excellence in order to best serve the citizens of Washington State.