The North Carolina State Highway Patrol's main purpose is to keep our roads safe. But it's becoming harder to protect our highways because the agency has 180 open positions. So the Highway Patrol is traveling the state. They are holding information sessions to recruit men and women that have an interest in law enforcement.
"We just need good people," says Master Trooper Chris Knox. "People that will make good choices. Get them the training and be a leader in law enforcement."
The Highway Patrol is looking for women and men between 21 and 39. A background in law enforcement is not necessary. Master Trooper Knox says there's a 16-week course for candidates with a law enforcement background and a 29-week course for people without a law enforcement background.
While there are 180 open positions, the Highway Patrol is having a tough time finding applicants because some people don't have a positive opinion about law officials. Master Trooper Knox hopes the information sessions will change people's minds.
"What you see is not the reality of the job. The reality of the job is people still respect us and understand the importance of law enforcement officers."
For more information about becoming a state trooper, click here.