COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The State Highway Patrol is trying to get more Ohio troopers ready, with staffing already down and retirements looming.
State officials say the force is down about 100 troopers, and 124 more are eligible to retire. One cadet academy is under way, and two more training sessions are planned. The patrol seeks 180 to 200 people for the next two training academies later this year.
The training takes nearly seven months. About one-fourth of the candidates usually drop out. The patrol offers starting salaries of $50,000 a year. Applicants must be Ohio residents and U.S. citizens ages 18-34 with good records.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/KCTR8i ) reports tight budgets and attrition have cut staffing at such posts as Wilmington, with three troopers per shift covering three southwest Ohio counties.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com