NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV The Nebraska State Patrol holds two training camps per year to hire new recruits.
The Nebraska State Patrol holds two training camps per year to hire new recruits to fill the current shortage facing the law enforcement agency. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)
Currently, seventeen new recruits are going through the training camp process to become part of the law enforcement agency.
Nebraska State Patrol Troop D Captain Tyler Schmidt says statewide, they are down fifty troopers, but with consistent recruitment efforts, they're hopeful to fill those spots.
"The different types of involvement that you see either through social media efforts or just efforts of troopers, deputies, and police officers being part of the community; those are relationships that are starting to develop even further to get more interest in law enforcement.," Schmidt said.
However, not everyone who goes through the academy completes the 22 week training program.
"Some folks have the realization that say "this is not what they thought it was going to be" or they have different demands in their lives so they decide to step away and not continue on with the training," Schmidt said. "It means it takes commitment, it means that you are there to serve the community and you are putting the community above all else."