Published December 15, 2012
New WSP badge commemorates 100th academy graduationOlympian staff
Washington State Patrol troopers are commemorating Friday's 100th Basic Training Academy graduation with a new badge. State Patrol Chief John Batiste has authorized troopers to wear the commemorative badge for one year, including the new 37 graduates. Graduating our 100th class of troopers is an amazing milestone, Batiste said. In the entire history of our agency, only about 3000 people have ever served as troopers. This badge is intended to honor every one of them. 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 WSPs motto, Service With Humility. Handleys 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 badge. The last time a badge other than the traditional badge was authorized to be worn by troopers was in 2003 celebrating Washington States 150th anniversary of becoming a territory.