VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - About three dozen Washington State Patrol recruits are looking to graduate Friday from the Basic Training Academy in a ceremony at the state Capitol.
The patrol is on a recruiting drive to replace troopers who are entering retirement age.
About 90 troopers will be eligible to retire by the end of the year. There are 720 troopers statewide.
The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/bfRyuN ) the patrol aims to hire 67 troopers every six months. Applicants are carefully screened. They have to pass written and physical tests and complete six months of basic training.
A starting trooper earns about $47,000 a year.
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