Mississippi looks to fund state trooper school

PINE BELT (WDAM) – The Mississippi Highway Patrol is facing a shortage of state troopers, so the governor is asking lawmakers to fund a trooper school to boost numbers.

Gov. Phil Bryant said the department is 160 to 170 troopers short of its allotted 650, and 149 others are eligible for retirement.

“Now is the time,” Bryant said. “We can’t wait any longer. Lives are at stake on highways. The motoring public is at danger because we do not have enough troopers on the highway to protect those that we are sworn to protect.”