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The Department of Labor and Industries has issued a $3, 150.00 Citation and Notice of Assessment against the Washington State Patrol for failing to “have written policies or procedures addressing the use of backup communication or backup patrol officers when entering known radio dead zones or when encountering other radio transmit or receive capability failures”. The Department of Labor and Industries found the the failure to have such polices or procedures in place potentially exposed troopers to hazards that are likely to cause serious physical harm or death.

Picture1The complaint giving rise to this citation arose arose during the Washington State Patrol’s on-going move from an analogue radio system to a digital communication system. The WSP can appeal the citation.