Volunteer lets expletives fly in trooper training scenarios

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 7:20 PM

SHELTON, Wash. - If you want to be a Washington State Patrol trooper you need to pass physical, mental and written exams.

You also have to be yelled at by Emme McAbee.

“They’re going to get it out there,” said McAbee, who has volunteered in WSP training scenarios for the past five years.

"She gets right into her role… sometimes becoming a little bit of a challenge to the cadets," said  Sgt. Shannon Bendiksen, Washington State Patrol

This week McAbee is posing as a unruly wife who is involved in a roadside argument with her husband. She lies to and swears at cadets who ask her how she got her black eye, which is actually just dark make-up.

“I can’t even look at them in the eye and yell,” said McAbee.

It’s the sort of training you don’t get in a classroom.

Cadets say it’s just as valuable.

“It definitely gets your adrenaline going,” said WSP hopeful James Oxier.

Getting hired by WSP is a challenge. Only three percent of applicants make it through the accademy.

While finding qualified recruits is difficult, the state does not want to make any part of the process easy.


"The best idea here is to make it as realistic as possible to see if the cadet has the tools, skills and ability to do the job and be safe," said Bendiksen.

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