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WSP to offer virtual ride-alongs on Thursday

August 28, 2013

Now is your chance to get an 18-hour inside look at Washington State Patrol operations, courtesy of Twitter and Facebook. WSP will present a #daywithWSP, tweeting events that are happening around the state in real-time, starting at 6 a.m. on Aug. 29.
Most people are familiar with troopers in white cars who respond to collisions and disabled vehicles. Less well-known are WSP employees who play key roles in keeping the public safe on the roads, at their places of business and in their homes.
“We have great people and want the public to see the entire depth and breadth of what they do,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “This will be as close a look as you can get without actually coming to work for us.”
Although intended for the public, officials think #daywithWSP might have special value for those contemplating a change of employment.
“WSP has some interesting careers and we are always looking for public service minded people to join us,” said Capt. Jeff DeVere, commander of WSP’s Human Resources Division. “Even if you haven’t been thinking about a career change, take a look. There are many places in our agency that offer challenge and satisfaction for people who want to be part of something special.”
Incidents or events that require more than 140 characters will first be tweeted, and then explained in more detail on the agency’s Facebook page. Nothing will be simulated, and the #daywithWSP will not be a compilation. Everything tweeted will have happened that day.
To participate, follow us on Twitter at @wastatepatrol and like our Facebook Page, or monitor the Twitter hashtag, #daywithWSP.

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