Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1988

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Committee Chair

Philip Tolin

Second Committee Member

Dennis M. Dennis

Third Committee Member

James L. Eubanks


Washington State Patrol Trooper Cadets serve in a number of positions, a number of locations across the state and for varying lengths of time before they are selected to attend the academy. The purpose of the present research was to determine whether these factors were related to subsequent academy performance and job performance.

To that end, 255 cadets hired between 1979 and 1985 were studied. The results indicated that only pre-academy assignment duration was significantly correlated with academy completion and academy performance. Implications for further research and departmental policy are discussed.