Shortage Of New York State Trooper Recruits

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Over a thousand New York State Troopers have retired since 2015 and only 765 have been hired to make up for it. 

“We’re right at the precipice, staring into the abyss of a severe manpower shortage,” said New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association President Tom Mungeer. The 25 year veteran of the force and who has headed the union for the past nine years continued “I think it’s a public safety concern for the entire state."

”The agency employs about 5,000 troopers in 11 troops across 62 counties. In certain areas, such as the western region and the Adirondacks, the State Police is one of the only law-enforcement agencies if not the only one," Mungeer said.

The state will hire 250 more troopers in January but Mungeer has said that another 250 have to be hired to get ahead of the curve.

“This governor has added manpower, and he definitely appreciates what the State Police can do,” he said. 

"If we hire 500 troopers next year, I think we should be all right. If we don’t, I think we’re headed to a place that’s gonna take us years to dig out.”

This will help in the fight against MS-13.

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