New Troops hit West Sound’s Roads

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Sixteen new Washington State troopers have recently started patroling the roadways of “District 8” — the WSP’s area that includes the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas — and many of them are fresh out of the patrol’s Shelton academy.

According to trooper spokeswoman Krista Hedstrom, 13 of them participated in the 95th basic training academy, whose graduation was held in April.

Here’s brief bios on the new troops, thanks to Hedstrom:


Kitsap County

Aaron Bartlett has been with the WSP for one year. He is from Port Orchard and graduated from Peninsula High School. He worked at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for 4 months as a Trooper Cadet. He is a recent graduate of the WSP Academy.

Todd Bartolac has been with the Washington State Patrol for 18 months. He is from Eatonville, Washington, where he graduated from Eatonville High School. He attended Colorado Mt. College and Central Washington University. Prior to his career with the WSP, he served in the United States Marine Corps, 0341 Infantry.

In addition, Trooper Bartolac was presented the Core Values Award. This award is presented to the trooper cadet who most typifies the Training Division Core Values during training, which include Honesty, Integrity, Team-Orientation, Attention to Detail, Adaptability, Self-Discipline, Performance-Driven, Professionalism, Officer Safety, and Sense of Urgency.

Trooper Bartolac also received the Top Driving Award, which recognizes the highest level of proficiency with respect to driving skills and techniques, decision making and mind-set, and steady and constant improvement through each phase of driver’s training.

Michael Dominguez is from Olympia, where he graduated from River Ridge High School. He served in the Navy prior to his employment with the WSP and was last stationed at Bangor. He is a recent graduate of the WSP Academy

Ryan Los has been with the WSP for 8 months. He is from Gig Harbor and graduated from Peninsula High School. He is also a graduate of Western Washington University.

In addition, Trooper Los received the Top Defensive Tactics and Fitness Award, which recognizes the highest level of tenacity and drive used to excel physically, which is displayed by a cadet during physical fitness training, control and defensive tactics training, and their command presence.

Justin Medcalf has been with the WSP for 8 months. He is from Spokane where he graduated from Central Valley High School. He attended Spokane Community College. Prior to his career with the WSP, he was a reserve officer for Airway Heights Police Department for 18 months.

In addition, Trooper Medcalf received the Top Overall Cadet award which recognizes the Trooper Cadet who demonstrates great overall courage to overcome obstacles, unwavering dedication to stay focused on reaching their goals, and their ability to give 100% in every aspect of training.

Clint Thomas was hired with the WSP in March 2006. He is from Poulsbo, where he attended North Kitsap High School. He attended Washington State University. He is currently in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, where he served one tour in Iraq. He is a recent graduate of the WSP Academy

Mason County

Leonard Crichton has been with the WSP for 6 years, previously working in Olympia at the Capitol Campus. Trooper Crichton was assigned to Shelton before taking the assignment at the Campus. He is from Belfair, and graduated from North Mason High School. Prior to his career with the WSP, Trooper Crichton served 6 years in the US Army. In addition to his duties, he is also a Field Training Officer with the WSP.

Scott Kirkeby has been with the WSP for almost 3 years. He is from Olympia, where he graduated from North Thurston High School. He is also a graduate of Washington State University. Trooper Kirkeby is a recent graduate of the WSP Academy

Ben Lewis has been with the WSP for 3 years, previously working in Everett. He attended Western Oregon University.

Ryan Santhuff is from Olympia, Washington. He graduated from Olympia High School. He is a recent graduate of the WSP Academy.

Lewis Stevens is from Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Shadle Park High School and attended Spokane Falls Community College and South Puget Sound Community College. He is a recent graduate of the WSP Academy.

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