On Wednesday, a ceremony was held at the State Patrol Training Division that saw 49 Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers sworn in by Justice Susan Owens of the Washington State Supreme Court.
Among them was Cody Robinson of Montesano.
Robinson was highlighted in his class, earning the Top Control Tactics Award which recognizes him with the highest level of proficiency in “control tactics techniques, to include self-defense, handcuffing, searching, and use of force thought process”.
Robinson will be working for the State Patrol in the Monroe area.
The entire class was presented with their commission cards by Assistant Chief Jeff R. Sass after completing over 1,000 hours of training.
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.
Also during the ceremony, the Core Values Award was presented to Trooper Samuel T. Harshberger. This award is presented to the trooper cadet who most typifies the Training Division Core Values, which includes 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 the cadet’s classmates, and is sponsored by the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation. This award honors the most recent State Patrol employee to give their life in service to the citizens of the state of Washington.
Trooper Justin R. Schaffer died in the line of duty on March 24, 2020.
The award was presented in Trooper Schaffer’s honor by his wife, Sandra Schaffer.
In addition to this award, Captain Mark R. Tegard presented five trooper cadets with awards.
These awards included:
Top Academic Award
Top Driving Award
Top Firearms Award
Top Physical Fitness
Top Control Tactics Award
Top Collision Investigation Award
Top Overall Cadet Award
113th Trooper Basic Training Class
For more information, visit www.wsp.wa.gov.