Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1984 NO. 23 > Sep 7 1984

The Washington State Patrol does not have statutory authority to employ an attorney to serve as legal adviser to the Patrol, instead of obtaining legal advice and representation from the Office of the Attorney General

AGLO 1980 NO. 27 > Sep 11 1980

(1) For the purposes of RCW 43.43.852, "an organized, disciplined association" refers, generally, to any group of two or more individuals which sets about to engage in a course of criminal conduct and whose members are dedicated and internally disciplined to a pattern of illegal behavior and maintain a loyalty, express or tacit, to the other members of the organization and its criminal ends.

AGLO 1981 NO. 29 > Dec 21 1981

(1) Under the law as it now exists, the Chief of the Washington State Patrol may not promote otherwise qualified minority and female commissioned officers to the line ranks of sergeant and lieutenant referred to in RCW 43.43.330 who do not occupy one of the top three positions on the promotion list noted in RCW 43.43.340. (2) While the Chief may so promote qualified minority and female commissioned officers to the staff ranks of sergeant and lieutenant, he may not then assign them, with those ranks, to line or field command positions.

AGLO 1974 NO. 96 > Nov 19 1974

Jurisdiction of Washington State Patrol, county sheriffs and city police with respect to state, county and city traffic law violations.

AGO 1954 NO. 246 > Apr 22 1954

The Chief of the Washington State Patrol does not have authority to appoint special state patrol officers, with or without limited or restricted duties, to serve without compensation, benefit of retirement and tenure of office.