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Washington State Troopers commemorative badge
Troopers of the Washington State Patrol will likely look different to you. Starting today, December 14, 2012, troopers have been authorized to wear a specially designed badge to commemorate the historic graduation of the 100th Trooper Basic Training Class. The thirty-seven trooper cadets graduating today at the Washington State Capitol Rotunda will also be wearing the new badge.
Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the purchase and wearing of the badge for all commissioned personnel for a year.
“Graduating our 100th class of troopers is an amazing milestone,” Batiste said. “In the entire history of our agency, only about 3000 people have ever served as troopers. This badge is intended to honor every one of them.”
The badge was designed by WSP trooper Eric Handley who wanted to incorporate the history of the agency, the blue and gold uniform colors, as well as WSP’s motto: “Service With Humility”. Handley’s niece, Mychal Handley, an Evergreen State College student, assisted in the concept of the badge using her graphic design talent. The design was sent to C.W. Nielsen in Chehalis who manufactured the special badge for the WSP.
The last time a different badge, other than the traditional one, was authorized to wear by troopers was in 2003 when a special commemorative badge was designed to celebrate Washington State’s 150th anniversary of becoming a territory.
The next time you see a trooper, ask to see their specially designed badge.