(KMOV.com) – The Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) said it is having trouble filling open positions.
At one time 2500 people would apply for 40-60 open spots, but now officials say around 500 are applying, and only 30 percent of the applicants may show up for interviews. The MHP believes a number of factors are contributing to the decline.
“I think it has to do with the job itself. A lot of people don’t want get into this profession, working holidays and weekends. We see some pretty rough stuff,” said Sgt. Al Nothum with Missouri Highway Patrol.
After 9/11, the number of applicants soared before a slow drop began. Some believe a recent decline is due a so-called “Ferguson effect,” but others believe the decline is gradual and may be due to competitive pay offers from other states. A trooper in training makes roughly $40,000 per year.
Under Missouri law, the state can only have a limited number of troopers. In 2016, it will be 1261.
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