NCHP seeking more troopers

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 05:08 AM

Citing a need for more personnel and an ease in the state’s budget, the North Carolina Highway Patrol is opening its Patrol School and is seeking applicants for jobs.

Trooper Jason Metcalf, recruiter for the NCHP in western North Carolina, said the division needs about 200 troopers across the state.

“In the past years we haven’t run Patrol Schools due to the budget and we have about eight troopers retiring a month,” Metcalf said. “It leaves us with a lot of holes to fill.”

Specifically with Troop G — which includes Rutherford County — Metcalf said they are about 10 troopers short of full capacity.

Applicants can use a website — http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/ to apply for Patrol School. He said applicants need to be between the ages of 21-39 and have a high school diploma or GED.

Additionally, anyone applying must have no felonies on their criminal record.

“People think we require all of this college and prior training,” Metcalf said. “Even if you don’t have prior law enforcement, we still take your application.”

Patrol School — located in Raleigh — takes about 30 weeks without Law Enforcement Certification and 15 weeks with it. The school lasts Monday through Friday with weekends off. Starting pay for recruits in Patrol School is $34,000 with a 5 percent raise upon completion.

“We give you all of your training, give you a place to stay and provide all of your meals,” Metcalf said.

He said the top pay for a trooper is approximately $55,000.

And Rutherford County has been a good recruiting ground for the NCHP. Metcalf said there are more troopers on the road now from Rutherford County than any other county in the state.

“We’re hoping to carry that momentum,” he said.

Upon completion of Patrol School, Metcalf said graduates can return to their home or choose to be assigned to another county in the state.

“You get a wish list and you put down three counties you would like to go to and they try to put you in one of those counties,” Metcalf said. “You can go home after Patrol School now.”

The first step is going to the website and filling out an application.

“Once you apply online you can contact a recruiter with your application packet,” Metcalf said. “Once we go over that, you will do a written and physical test as well as a polygraph test and a psychological evaluation.

“Once you meet the basic requirements and pass the tests, you will get an initial invitation to join the Highway Patrol.”

Additional testing and a full background investigation are included in the application process. There will be a job fair at AC Reynolds Fire Department (235 Charlotte Highway, Asheville) on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Metcalf said the application deadline is Dec. 31 with Patrol School beginning in June 2014.

For additional information, contact Metcalf at 828-234-5603.