Spend a day with the State Patrol from your Twitter feed


OLYMPIA — Next Thursday is your chance to get an inside look at operations of the Washington State Patrol, courtesy of Twitter and Facebook. WSP will present a #daywithWSP, tweeting events that are happening around the state in real-time.

Most people are familiar with troopers in white cars who respond to collisions and disabled vehicles. Less well-known are other 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 every member of the public, next Thursday’s #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 site. Nothing will be simulated, and the #daywithWSP will not be a compilation. Everything tweeted will have happened that day.

The 2013 edition of #daywithWSP will start at 6:00 a.m. on Aug. 29, and run until midnight. To participate, follow us @wastatepatrol or monitor the hashtag #daywithWSP.