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Missouri State Highway Patrol recruits graduating Friday night

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Missouri State Highway Patrol vehicle (Credit: KMOV) Missouri State Highway Patrol vehicle (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Nearly 40 troopers will graduate from Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy Friday night.

The recruits have already gone through 25 weeks of training in Jefferson City and will have another few months of field training before they’re out on the streets.

Officials said with retirements and others leaving the force they have open positions.

“We have to fill these vaccines, we need all the power out there we can to help the motoring public,” Corporal Juston Wheetley said. “Anytime we have a hole in one of the zones, officers have to fill that vacancy because we don’t neglect our public service.”

Over the last 10 years, troopers said they have seen a huge increase in the amount of cars out on the roadways thanks to the population growth.

“We want to reduce fatalities in the state of Missouri,” Wheetley said. “This year, we’re seeing, so far, 7 percent increase. With more troopers out on the roads that’s going to help us slow the public down, maybe find those people who are driving so dangerously, who are risking their lives and the lives of others.”

The starting salary for the probationary troopers is roughly $41,000 a year.

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