DUPONT, Wash. - When we think of the Washington State Patrol, troopers are the first image that comes to mind. But there are other uniformed officers that have the job of making sure trucks are safe.
Instead of issuing speeding tickets, they issue tickets to truck drivers and trucking companies for violations, ranging from bad tires and bad brakes to driving without a log books that track how many hours a driver's been on the road.
They are the CVEOs - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers – and, along with troopers, are trained and assigned as specialists in trucks and other heavy vehicles like tow trucks. Now, the State Patrol is 52 short, down about 20 to 25 percent.
"We're actively recruiting," said Captain Mike Saunders, head of one of two groups under the State Patrol's Commercial Vehicle Division, "and there's some challenges in doing that."
The jobs start between about $35,000 to almost $41,000 each year. And the State Patrol will train. It also says it has the money in the budget.
At a weigh station near Nisqually, a sign is displayed in the window in an effort to appeal to drivers who can look forward to a job with more regular hours that pays full benefits and where the risk of layoff is extremely low. But the State Patrol also loses highly qualified CVEOs to industry because of their intimate knowledge of the complex range of federal and state trucking regulations.
But the bar to get into the jobs is very high, and the State Patrol suffers from similar recruiting challenges as other police agencies.
"We have very strict policies on drug use, criminal history, things like that. We're looking for the best of the best," said Capt. Saunders.
Anybody interested in these jobs can call 360-704-2300 or go to the follow website: