Martin F. Hays, of Kent, was one of 39 Washington State Patrol troopers sworn in Thursday in Olympia at the Capitol Rotunda by State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud.
Troopers were presented their commission cards by Gov. Jay Inslee and State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste.
Each trooper completed more than 1,000 hours of training, The Washington State Patrol Academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, which accounts for about 100 to 120 new troopers. Historically, only about 4 to 6 percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become troopers.
“The 39 cadets graduating endured a rigorous application process, extensive background investigation, and received the best training, unmatched anywhere else in the nation,” Batiste said.
Hays will work in District 8, based in Hoquiam.