Highway Patrol Suspends Training Academy

The North Carolina Highway Patrol has suspended its training academy as budget cuts force a hiring freeze.

The patrol says 38 troopers graduated Friday from the Highway Patrol Basic School in Raleigh. First Sgt. Jeff Gordon says the patrol continues to take applications, but the school is suspended indefinitely because of budget cuts. Gordon says he doesn't know when the school will resume classes.

The state pays about $100,000 to put a cadet through the 29-week academy. A trooper must complete 12 more weeks of field training after that.

The Highway Patrol's $197 million budget includes an $8 million reduction for this fiscal year and up to $15 million over the next two years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    actually troopers respond to domestics conduct drug interdiction and pay for a whole lot of the education system. O i forgot this year also has a reduction in fatalities and more drunk driving arrests. Then again your probably a criminal so of course you would say something like that :) have a nice day buddy
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      by JusticeForAll on Sep 22, 2011 at 07:37 PM in reply to
      Actually I was a DOJ contractor for over 10 years, and have conducted research, certification of LE equipment, and training of local, state, and federal LEOs. I have probably forgotten more about LE policy, procedure and training that you will ever know... I'm not bashing our fine Highway Patrol officers--I'm just saying that the trends, coming down from the DOJ these days, is to increasingly train and advise local and State LEOs to act more like a militarized occupation force than "peace officers", and this move to shut down the Academy over a silly political budget dispute is just one more step in the further militarization of our civilian LE agencies...
  • by JusticeForAll on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    Yeah, this makes sense... I mean why shoudl State Troopers have to go to a bunch of silly classes where they actually learn about the law, and proper law enforcement procedures? Just give any thug who wants it a badge and a gun and send them out on the road. Heck, we can just hire ex military people, and tell them to conduct themselves just like they did in Fallujah--that is what America is coming to anyway...
  • by Bunny Location: NC on Sep 20, 2011 at 03:42 AM
    I don't know of any Law Enforcement officers that are overpaid for their services. No one realizes how dangerous it is to be one. They risk their lives every day they start to work.
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      by srcaufalot on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to Bunny
      So they should be allowed to get DRUNK before going to work.
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        by Tarzan on Sep 21, 2011 at 05:39 PM in reply to srcaufalot
        One has nothing to do with the other than to show your 3rd grade education level.
  • by Oh Location: Well on Sep 20, 2011 at 01:15 AM
    A lot more Women will be Safe because of this. and yes I do KNOW what I am talking about.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    Troopers mostly write tickets, and are paid very well. Local cops and deputies do the actual crime-fighting, and are paid poorly. (Stop targeting citizens for highway robbery, and maybe you'll get more public support boys.)
  • by Steve on Sep 19, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    Roadblocks.....Hmmmm.... whatever happened to needing probable cause to stop someone? Would you put up with a random "roadblock" on a sidewalk? I still say and think it's illegal and a violation of my civil rights!!!
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      by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 03:58 AM in reply to Steve
      Yeah, Steve! All those hundreds upon hundreds of drunk drivers netted by those roadblocks had their rights violated! Those drunk drivers were just minding their own business, trying to go out and kill some innocent motorists. Shame on Highway Patrol for interfering with that!
  • by Taxpayer Location: NC on Sep 19, 2011 at 07:14 PM
    All they care about is writing a ticket,,They need to be disbanded
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      by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 03:54 AM in reply to Taxpayer
      Sounds to me like you got a ticket. Ever stop to think how many drunk drivers have been intercepted and arrested by NCSHP before the drunk could cost someone their life? If you're worried about getting a ticket, have you considered driving like you're supposed to, and therefore not having to worry about it?
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      by bobby on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:06 PM in reply to Taxpayer
      yeah...ok thats never gonna happen! get used to it if you break the law. coming to a rearview mirror near you :)
  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    Cut their salary. They make far too much for cops.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 08:16 PM in reply to
      You must have been rejected for the patrol.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 09:13 PM in reply to
      How much do you think they make? I'm pretty sure the starting salaries are far less than some agencies in North Carolina.
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      by tug on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM in reply to
      these cops put their lives on the line every day. They will never make enough for that.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 03:51 AM in reply to
      Yeah, you're right. They're just cops. THEY sure don't deserve to make much money. I mean, they only risk their very lives [and sometimes, they lose] every time they pull somebody over. Yes, I know, they knew the risks when they took the job, blah, blah, but I'll bet your job is nowhere near as dangerous [or as unappreciated] as that of our law enforcement officers.
  • by Concerned citizen on Sep 19, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    Let's suspend the beaufort county animal control chief. That would save the county enough to give some people their 2% back. hmmmmm?
  • by Beachbum3 on Sep 19, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    If state government would put an end to the outright contract fraud an the wasting a abuse within the ncdot an with the payment of unjustified payments going to road building contractors for the performance of bad non specefication work within the ncdot these other cuts might not be necessary at all. they need to make cut to the upper mangament salarys an to the exective mangament salary within the ncdot an lay off or terminate some of these people in the upper areas of mangament across this state within the ncdot an that would go a lonbg long long ways in fixing these supposley problems with in the state government but most especially within the ncdot thank you
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