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Washington State Patrol Experiencing a Wave of Retirees.

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol are looking for new recruits as hundreds of troopers are nearing retirement within the next 5 years.

By 2015 roughly 330 state troopers will be leaving the state agency either by attrition or retirement, roughly 1/3 of the department.

The problem arising is it's going to be a big challenge to hire the same number of people to replace those that are leaving, and in such a short amount of time. The agency will possibly have to hire twice or even three times as many troopers than they usually do every year. Which is why the department is actively searching for new recruits.

Sgt. Jim Hays is nearing retirement and remembers when the department went through this same wave of new hires almost a quarter century ago.

"In the early 90's when our classes went through approximately 20 to 25 years ago, there was a big hiring push. We had folks in our agency looking to retire, again that 25 year mark, said Sgt. Jim Hays with WSP."

There is an extensive training process, up to 6 months to a year to finish, and not everyone passes that rigorous course which creates another challenge to fill open positions quickly. The State Patrol says the department will not make the training any easier simply to fill those positions faster.

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