The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is looking for recruits

Wednesday, March 3rd 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is looking for qualified candidates for its first recruit class since 2001.

Budget cuts have kept OHP from holding training academies for two years and that's caused a shortage of troopers statewide. Now they have the money to hire and they're looking for candidates over the age of 21.

OHP trooper Patrick Mays: "You can't have turned 43 by the start of the academy. You have to have at least 60 credit hours or an associate’s degree, and you can't have a felony conviction or a conviction for domestic violence."

Mays say trainees start out earning $2,200 a month, but the legislature is considering a pay increase. OHP expects to hire about 150 troopers by 2006.

If you're interested, you can call Oklahoma Highway Patrol troop B at (918) 627-3881.