Skagit County, WA – According to a press release by Sergeant Kent Hitchings of the Washington State Patrol, three Skagit County residents graduated from the Trooper Class in a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda on June 6, 2018.
40 Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers were sworn in by Chief Justice Mary E. Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court. They were presented their commission cards by Governor Jay Inslee and Chief John R. Batiste, who welcomed them into an organization known and trusted by the citizens of Washington State.
After completing over 1,000 hours of training, these men and women will join Washington’s premier law enforcement organization. The Washington State Patrol Academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, which accounts for about 100 to 120 new troopers. Historically, only about four to six percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become WSP troopers.
Chief Batiste presented Skagit County resident, Trooper Kyle J. Dussault with the Top Overall Cadet Award at a ceremony held on June 5, 2018, during an open house at the WSP Academy.
This award recognizes the trooper cadet who demonstrated great courage to overcome obstacles, unwavering dedication to stay focused on reaching their goals, and their ability to give 100% in every aspect of their training. Trooper Dussault demonstrated the necessary skills, abilities, and judgment to be an excellent trooper, and he made extra efforts to make continuous improvements.
The following is a list of the Skagit County graduates shown by name, WSP final assignment, and hometown, respectively:
Kyle J. Dussault, District 7 Burlington, Mt. Vernon, WA
Travis A. Mason, District 6 Okanogan, Mt. Vernon, WA
Kimberly N. Moyer, District 7 Monroe, Mt. Vernon, WA
In addition, during the ceremony, the Core Values Award was presented to Trooper Kameron D. Watts of Tacoma, WA. This award is presented to the trooper cadet who most typifies the Training Division Core Values which include: strong leadership, effective partnerships, professional excellence, acting with integrity and accountability, respecting and protecting individual rights, and earning the trust and confidence of the public. The recipient of this award was determined by an anonymous vote of his classmates, and is sponsored by the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation. This award honors the most recent State Patrol employee to give his life in service to the citizens of the state of Washington. Trooper Brent L. Hanger died in the line of duty on August 6, 2015. The award was presented today in Trooper Hanger’s honor by his wife, Lisa Hanger.