Iowa State Patrol looking for troopers to fill critical need
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia (FOX42KPTM) - The Iowa State Patrol says it could now use a lot of extra help. It's looking for several good men and women to join its team as troopers.
"We could certainly use more people," said Scott Miller, a trooper.
Miller has had the same job for the past 25 years and finds his line of work rewarding. On the roads, Miller is now looking for more coworkers.
"It seems like the distances are farther and the troopers are fewer in between."
When Miller first started he says his coworkers were nearby and always ready, willing and able to lend a hand. That's not the case anymore.
"Those days have changed to where now you're driving 20 or 30 miles to help."
State Patrol data shows in 1998 there were 369 troopers working Iowa's roads. Today, that number has been reduced by more than 100. For the state, it's a historic low. Miller says it's because of retirements and people leaving the job. Now, he's making a pitch for new people to join his team.
"If there ever was a time and somebody was sitting on the fence or even vaguely interested, now's the time."
The State Patrol's trooper shortage comes at a time when deadly crashes are up in Iowa. So far, more than 260 people have died on roads in the state. It's just another reason the state patrol says it could use the help.
Miller told FOX 42 News Friday there is some hope on the horizon. The State Patrol is planning to host an academy in the spring of next year.