North Carolina Highway Patrol Looks to Fill More Than 100 Positions at Job Fair

From by Amanda McKenzie, October 2, 2013

GREENSBORO – The North Carolina Highway Patrol has been struggling with a trooper shortage this year and is holding a job fair this weekend in Burlington.

The highway patrol is short nearly 200 troopers statewide due to retirement and budget cuts.

“When you have a shortage like that, it’s a delay in response for the public. We’re doing the best we can, but obviously we’re doing the same thing now as we were doing with 168-plus troopers two or three years ago,” said Trooper Mitch Mann.

The highway patrol looks to use Saturday’s job fair to fill more than 100 positions. Qualified candidates are men and women between 21 and 39 with a good driving record, who are in good physical shape and can pass a criminal background check.

Once selected, the applicant must complete 29 weeks of training at patrol school before hitting the road sometime next year. The next training courses begin in the spring.

A trooper’s starting salary is $34,000.

The job fair will take place at Holly Hill Mall on Huffman Road in Burlington from noon to 4 p.m. If you cannot make the job fair, visit the NCDPS website.


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