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State Patrol faces challenges retaining, recruiting troopers

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The Washington State Patrol is facing challenges trying to recruit and retain troopers who patrol thousands of miles of state highways. The Washington State Patrol is facing challenges trying to recruit and retain troopers who patrol thousands of miles of state highways.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

The Washington State Patrol is facing challenges trying to recruit and retain troopers who patrol thousands of miles of state highways.

The Seattle Times reports that as of Oct. 30, there were 106 vacancies - or about 15 percent - out of a 671 positions.

State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore says drivers shouldn't notice major effects from the shortage.

But the president of the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, Jeff Merrill, says three or four people are doing what eight or nine people used to do.

A study into the issue finds that veterans are retiring in waves and younger troopers are leaving to take law-enforcement jobs elsewhere.

The starting salary for a state trooper is about $54,000 year. New data shows that officers in King County, Seattle, Pasco, Vancouver and Kennewick begin at $10,000 more.

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