Its part of their training before they hit the highways armed with Tasers this weekend.
At the State Patrol training academy in Shelton, Trooper Kevin Forrester pretends to be a dangerous suspect and refuses to obey a fellow troopers orders.
Sir you need to calm down, says one trooper. Sir, I will use the taser.
"Come on, you want to fight me?" taunts Forrester. "Come on, fight me!"
Seconds later Forrester is zapped with the Taser and an electrical pulse races through his body making it nearly impossible to move and sending jolts of pain through him. He screams in pain and begs the trooper to stop tasing him.
All that was registering on my mind is I dont want this to last much longer, I cant fight, I cant think about anything else but the pain I am feeling! explained Forrester after the training exercise.
When asked how much it hurt, he explained on a scale of one to 10, "that was right up there, an 8.5 or a 9. Its not a pleasant thing, but that prevents officers from getting injured."
Other local police agencies have been using tasers for years and now the Washington State Patrol will, too.
"We are taking advantage of all the experience all the other agencies have done, theyve already created policies and training," explained Captain Fred Fakkema. "We can look at that and have the best product and the best training out there for our officers starting now."
Critics argue tasers have contributed to the deaths of some suspects. But police disagree, saying the non-lethal force keeps both the suspect and officer from getting hurt.
In the last two years 166 WSP troopers have been hurt while trying to make arrests. They hope the tasers will help troopers subdue unruly suspects faster, and reduce the number of injuries to officers.
This weekend 24 troopers who just completed training will be equipped with tasers. Eventually 118 troopers will carry Tasers.
The WSP is using money from its DUI cost recovery program to pay for the Tasers.