They graduated, and they got their shiny, new trooper cars this week. Now the members of Highway Patrol Class #57 are on the streets.
“It’s going pretty good. There’s challenges. Every day, something new,” says new State Trooper Charles Atkinson. “I go in with the expectation that I don’t know everything. I’ve got a good FTO (field training officer) and every day I’m going to learn something new.”
Atkinson is one of eight new troopers in Sedgwick County. Metro Kansas city is getting nine. Other counties like Marion, Barton and Sumner each get one new officer.
In all, there are 38 new troopers coming online across the state. The Highway Patrol was able to add the new troopers, in part, because of an extra fee added to your car registration.
After years of a trooper shortage, some say this is a welcome addition.
“It kind of distributes the work and gives us more of a presence in the community. People see us more often because there’s more of us out there,” says Trooper Jason Griner.
Trooper Griner has been doing the job for five years. He is the field training officer for new Trooper Atkinson.
“There’s more of us out there and people will, hopefully, be more attentive in their driving,” says Griner. “This is one of the biggest classes that we’ve ever had.”
The Kansas Highway Patrol recruiting class also places five new Capitol police officers at the Kansas Statehouse.
The KHP is already accepting applications for state troopers for the Trooper Trainee Class #59. If you are interested in learning more information about the position, or if you would like kto apply, click here.