The Washington State Patrol has a new look to its badges. On Friday, December 12, 2012, Troopers were authorized to wear a specially designed badge to commemorate the graduation of the 100th Trooper Basic Training Class. Thirty seven Trooper Cadets graduated Friday at the Washington State Capitol Rotunda. According to a news release, 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 for Troopers to wear was in 2003 when a special commemorative badge was designed to celebrate Washington State’s 150th anniversary of becoming a territory. The release also suggests you ask a Trooper to see their specially designed badge the next time you see one.
Among the 37 Trooper Cadets to graduate Friday was a Shelton native Carmen C. Arroyo who has been assigned to the Shelton Detachment.