Inslee’s security unit expanded amid presidential bid

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Patrol plans to nearly double the size of Gov. Jay Inslee’s travelling security detail as he runs for president. The cost would be more than $4 million over two years.

The Seattle Times reports that the Patrol plans to assign six additional troopers, a sergeant and a lieutenant to the Executive Protection Unit. The unit previously has consisted of eight troopers and one sergeant.

The newly assigned troopers and related spending are expected to grow the EPU’s $2.6 million budget by about $1.5 million in the current fiscal year, which runs through June, and by $2.7 million in fiscal year 2020, according to figures provided by the patrol to the newspaper and public radio’s Northwest News Network.

The added costs include salaries and overtime, as well as flights and other travel-related expenses.