Rochester Resident Among 39 New Graduates of State Patrol Academy

By The Chronicle

A Rochester resident was one of 39 new Washington State Patrol troopers sworn in by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud Thursday afternoon at the Capitol rotunda in Olympia.

Austin D. Davis, of Rochester, will be assigned to work in the state patrol’s district 8 in Hoquiam.

“After completing over 1,000 hours of training, these men and women will join Washington’s premier law enforcement organization,” according to a news release from the state patrol. 

The Washington State Patrol Academy produces three cadet classes each biennium, accounting for 100 to 120 new troopers. Between 4 and 6 percent of applicants become troopers. 

“The 39 cadets graduating today endured a rigorous application process, extensive background investigation, and received the best training, unmatched anywhere else in the nation,” said Chief John Batiste in a statement. “Today, they will join the ranks of Washington’s finest, as troopers of the Washington State Patrol.”

The Washington State Patrol started in 1921 with six men riding Indian motorcycles, according to the news release. 

The graduates are part of the 107th Trooper Basic Training Class. 

Two graduates — Trevor M. Coltrane and Michael R. Sessions — will be assigned to work in Chehalis.