The Highway Patrol is on a hiring blitz just a year after budget cuts prompted a hiring freeze.
June 1 is the deadline for applying to the patrol's basic school -- a 29 week course to train new troopers. Patrol officials hope they get 400 to 600 applicants. Only 59 will be accepted and officials think only about 45 will graduate.
Applicants are tested including a 1.5 mile run and a body-fat composition check. There is also a lie detector test, background check and psychological evaluation.
Duplin County District Recruiter Trooper David W. Morgan is encouraging those interested to get their applications in as soon as possible.
“There are some requirements that go with the application process,” Morgan said. “There are criminal background checks, driver’s record checks, as well as other requirements that you just can’t do in a day or two. Some of those checks take five days to a week, so, for those interested, it is better to get everything done early.”
The Highway Patrol is holding a recruiting fair for interest applicants on Thursday from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. at their training academy in Raleigh.