Eau Claire (WQOW) – Law enforcement agencies across the board are feeling the effects of a worker shortage. So, the Wisconsin State Patrol is being more aggressive in their search for new recruits.
According to the State Patrol, there are currently about 450 officers serving in Wisconsin. The State Patrol is looking to bump that number up to 489.
There are many different positions with the State Patrol, including inspectors, crash and reconstruction units, traffic enforcement and more.
“We are looking for people who are interested in a challenge and the reward that goes along with that for helping out the public and serving the community,” said David Ecklor, State Patrol inspector.
Officials said as troopers retire, the State Patrol struggled to find more applicants. Those applicants are a unique group of people who run toward danger, not away from it.
Ecklor said in order to apply in the past, you had to have 60 college credits, but now you have five years to earn those college credits while on duty.
Ecklor also said no prior experience is needed. The application deadline is March 31. You can apply here.