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Highway Patrol Recruiting New Troopers in NC, SC

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North Carolina Highway Patrol is short roughly 200 troopers statewide. North Carolina Highway Patrol is short roughly 200 troopers statewide.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

Unpatrolled roads are a problem stretching across the Carolinas.

Some counties in North Carolina have one Highway Patrol trooper working per shift due to a personnel shortage.

The agency is down 191 positions statewide.

“Generally, we lose about eight to nine troopers a month due to retirement,” said Jason Metcalf, a recruiter with N.C. Highway Patrol.

Stranded drivers or those involved in minor collisions are now finding themselves waiting up to 40 minutes for a trooper to respond.

Slower response times are also an issue in South Carolina. The state has 780 troopers currently on the roadways. That is a big drop from 967 in 2008.

It takes several months of training to get a new recruit from the classroom to behind the wheel.

That is why both agencies are actively seeking applicants.

N.C. Highway Patrol wants to get 96 cadets into the academy by the end of the year.

Lawmakers in South Carolina approved funding last summer for 30 additional positions and officials will be requesting money for 10 more this legislative session to bring the number of troopers up to 860.

Risking your life to protect others is not a job for everyone.

“I would not do anything different. There has never been a day I have dreaded coming to work,” Metcalf said.

Becoming a trooper is a job in demand.

If you are interested about joining the Highway Patrol in either North Carolina or South Carolina, mark your calendar.

N.C. Highway patrol has two information sessions planned in Asheville.

    Date: Saturday, April 26 and Saturday, May 3

    Time: 9 a.m. – Noon

    Location: Reynolds Fire Department on 235 Charlotte Hwy. in Asheville.

If you’d like to speak to a recruiter, call Trooper Jason Metcalf at 828-234-5603.

For qualifications and more information, click here.

S.C. Highway Patrol will also be at several upcoming job fairs.

    Upper Savannah Job Fair: April 30
    Greenwood Mall, Greenwood, S.C.

    Hiring Our Hero’s: April 30
    Fayetteville, N.C.

    Williamsburg Tech. Career Fair: May 8
    Kingstree, S.C.

    SC Works Veterans Career Fair: May 23
    South Carolina National Guard, Anderson, S.C.

    Hiring Our Hero’s: July 23
    Asheville, N.C.

For qualifications and more information on the S.C. Highway Patrol, click here.

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