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State Patrol: Six troopers hurt; overtime, travel at $20,000 on first day

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm with No Comments »
November 29, 2011 12:46 pm

Six troopers were hurt in Monday’s protests at the Capitol, the State Patrol says.

The patrol had originally said just one trooper was bitten on the arm. Officials later learned of another bite injury and four who mostly suffered bumps and bruises, the patrol said today.

As protesters tried to push into the closed Capitol, three of them were stunned with Tasers and a Department of Enterprise Services worker’s ribs were bruised and face was injured.

The patrol also released its first-day totals for the costs of having dozens of troopers stand guard and evict protesters.

Overtime totaled $12,000, according to the patrol. Travel costs for troopers outside the Olympia area reached $8,200.

But the patrol puts the overall cost at $96,000 by counting pay for troopers who would have been working anyway. Here’s what it said in a news release about why that should be considered:

Incident Commander Lt. Mark Arras says it’s important that the $76,000 in straight time not be written off lightly.

“The day to day work of troopers is important, or we wouldn’t have them doing it,” Arras said. “If your car broke down yesterday and you sat beside the freeway for an extended period, that soft cost suddenly has a very real impact.”


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