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.
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