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NC Highway Patrol suspends training for recruits

Posted September 19, 2011

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

The patrol said 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.

The agency's training academy continues to provide firearms, driving and other training sessions for state troopers.

Gordon said the agency has set a tentative date in July 2012 for another training session for new recruits, but the 2012-13 state budget will determine whether classes will be held.

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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  • graybeamer Sep 20, 3:04 p.m.

    It takes 29 weeks to train someone to drive down the hwy at 120 mph endangering all around while pursuing a Prius doing 75 mph?..oh wait...maybe all that training is needed to find the hiding spots amongst the trees?...hmmm...maybe it's to learn how to kick the heck out of a dog hanging from a leash??..or maybe busting a lawyers wife for DUI to prove a point they don't like her husband...maybe they could incorporate a course on having sex in a state provided vehicle without getting caught?. ....just sayin...

  • newwake Sep 20, 10:46 a.m.

    I can't tell you how many times we've save their tail, and them ours. So don't give me that line because you haven't a clue, slick."

    Leo-nc, as a fellow law enforcement officer, I would apreciate it if you would just promote law enforcement as a whole and not just yourself and your agency. During my career I have frequently solicited and appreciated the help I have received from the SHP, but your comments here are over the top man. Its like you are begging for a pat on the back...just way over the top.

  • newwake Sep 20, 10:36 a.m.

    "Get rid of some of the Boy Toys like the motorcycles and all the helicopters. Ya Think?" Retired07

    The helicopter has proved invaluable several times in my career. I recall one case of a triple homicide/ suspect on the loose...suspect was located hiding in his vehicle in the woods.

  • godshelper Sep 20, 9:19 a.m.

    The SHP Cadet school is way over-rated. The cost can be cut by accepting applicants who are already BLET cert. like most agencies do. The cadet can purchase their own education. The new cadet could still get the 28 wk FTO school and be a trooper. They want you there for 24 hours with no real life so they can teach you how to make a bed and fold your underwear the way they want you to fold them. The school goes overboard bc they actually handle less situations than a normal officer. They are not responsible for domestics, homicides, assault investigations, Civil Process and so forth. They do Tickets and wrecks. The same thing a normal city police officer or sheriff's deputy does. Except the police and deputies do it all. They are able to employee people at less than half that cost. The SHP wants to give you a dorm to stay in, feed you 24hrs, supply you with uniforms that are different than what you will wear on the job and pay you to go to school. They call folding underwear discipline.

  • Wingnut Central Sep 20, 8:50 a.m.

    Let the free market fix this problem. If you want to be a State Trooper just go to the private State Trooper school and pay $100,000 for 29 weeks of training. If you pass then you get to be a State Trooper. Problem? Ron Paul for Emperor!

  • concreteman Sep 20, 8:15 a.m.

    leo-nc & the peopleschamp: Note that I said that there could be way to "hold down the total cost", not nessarily elimate the current training system. If the true cost is $100,000 per cadet, just as the cost of a 4 year degree can be held down by using community colleges, etc. so could the trooper training. There still would be need for traditional group training, but, not for all things. An example to hold down cost. While a much smaller state, NJ years ago decided that cadets could commute to class, if they wish, rather than live on campus. It is innovative approaches to training that will bring down the total cost. The current model is an example of how training was done based on the military and reflect the fact the most state police moved to a professional trained organization shortly after WWII and built their programs on that model.

  • leo-nc Sep 19, 7:56 p.m.

    "After reading all the postings today on this article, the one thing I walk away with is, in this day and age, isn't there a less costly and more efficient way to train state trooper? The current system of a centralize residential based main campus may have been the way to do it 60 years ago, but, with a statewide college system, couldn't, say, most of the classroom work be done locally (a la Basis Law Enforcement Training) or on-line and help hold down the total cost? Even some of the physical training could be done locally."---

    And how do you build a cohesive team that way? How do you take them from caring about themselves to caring about the team? How do you know if they have the heart to stay in the fight? You guys look at all of this from such a simplistic viewpoint. The reality is that you need to be there to understand it and until you've been through it, you never will. It's not just about BLET, or driving, or DT. It's about heart and the will to stay alive, etc.

  • leo-nc Sep 19, 7:54 p.m.

    The helicopters also do a lot of search and rescue work, especially during hurricanes and natural disasters. They have been invaluable during searches for major crime suspects, which happens a lot!

  • thepeopleschamp Sep 19, 7:42 p.m.

    "Get rid of some of the Boy Toys like the motorcycles and all the helicopters. Ya Think?" Retired07

    How many helicopters are you under the impression they have. By the way, last time I saw the helicopter it was assisting a sheriff's office in locating a suspect in the woods that had run over a detective who was serving a warrant.

  • thepeopleschamp Sep 19, 7:40 p.m.

    "couldn't, say, most of the classroom work be done locally (a la Basis Law Enforcement Training) or on-line and help hold down the total cost? Even some of the physical training could be done locally." concreteman

    There is a lot that HP does in its training that most BLET don't do; accident reconstruction, fatality investigations, extensive driving courses, radar cert, intox cert, hgn cert, and all sort of HP standardnized trainings. These would be impossible to do in most BLET places. Doesn't make them better or worse than deputies ect.. Just a different kind of specialized training they require to do their job.

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