An open house Wednesday night at the North Carolina Highway Patrol Troop F headquarters in Newton is just one of many efforts to recruit new troopers, say officials.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is more than 200 troopers short of what it needs across the state.
"It can affect response time and makes it tough on everyone," said Trooper Bobby Lineberger. Officials are looking for men and women who have graduated high school and are looking for a challenge.
One boot camp for new recruits begins in a matter of weeks but won't provide enough to fill all the slots that are opening up. An average of eight troopers a month are retiring and the number could grow say officials.
In the past year, the Highway Patrol has gone to area job fairs and have held their own fairs to recruit.
The latest effort involves open houses at various regional headquarters across the state.
Wednesday night is the first of two open houses at the Troop F Headquarters on Smyre Farm Road in Newton. Two more will be held near Asheville at the Reynolds Fire Department in the Troop G District on April 26th and May 3rd from 9am to noon. Another one is slated for June 7th at the Kings Mountain Armory from 10am until 1pm.
Still another will be held in Charlotte on June 21st at the IMAP Center on Tipton Drive in Charlotte from 9am to 12 noon. State Troopers say it's important for anyone who has an interest to come to one of those events to learn more about the pay and benefits and what exactly the job entails.
"It is a very rewarding career," said First Sgt. Darrel Conley.
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