Mississippi Highway Patrol looking for recruits

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Do you have hopes of working in law enforcement? Well you can put your name in the running for a limited amount of time to see if you have what it takes to work for the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Mississippi Highway Patrol, they’re often the first on the scene of accidents on our state roads, but there are many paths you can take with MHP. Corporal Cal Robertson said, “MHP has a lot of different avenues you can take.  Other than being a trooper, you could move into the MBI, the investigative side of the Highway Patrol. Those are troopers. We have an Air Wing, the SWAT Team, a Special Operations Group, and a Dive Team. We have a lot of different divisions you can move into.”

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But first you must apply and right now there’s a window of opportunity to do just that. “We’ve launched an aggressive state-wide recruiting campaign. We’re looking for good quality candidates to come to the Highway Patrol.  The ideal candidate is going to be someone who has a clean background-either they’re prior law enforcement, or maybe they work at a local industry their community. Sometimes, they are the best troopers.”

Those who pass the initial screening process will then go on to training school in Pearl, Mississippi and it won’t be long after until you see them out patrolling our state roads. “We’re allotted 650 troopers statewide by the Legislature. We’re looking to get back up to those numbers. Obviously, the more troopers on the road, the safer we’ll be.”

To apply just head over to www.pursuethecall.mhp.ms.gov or you can reach out to a recruiter at mhprecruiting@dps.ms.gov. The application deadline is October 31st.

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