Number of people applying for Missouri Highway Patrol declining - KMOV.com

Number of people applying for Missouri Highway Patrol declining

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(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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