New York State Police sounding the alarm over looming trooper shortage

Posted at 3:00 AM, Nov 27, 2018

The New York State Police is hoping for a big year when it comes to new recruits, as the organization faces an impending trooper shortage. 

Overall, there's about 5,000 troopers across the state. But since 2015, more than 1,000 troopers have retired, yet only around 750 have been hired, according to a state police spokesperson.

The state is now poised to hire 250 more troopers as the calendar turns to 2019, but some say more are needed. The president of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association told the New York Post that another 250 troopers will have to be hired in order to "get ahead of the curve.”

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