1st trooper's class in 4 years to start July 10

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol officials say they've whittled 600 applicants to about 220 for the first trooper's class in four years, and hope to have the number down to 100 by July 10.

Sgt. Rusty Boyd tells The Clarion-Ledger that the remaining candidates still face interviews, polygraph examinations, psychological evaluations and background checks.

The Highway Patrol is hoping to graduate at least 60 cadets, about the number graduated from the last class in November 2007.

It costs about $7 million to choose and train a trooper class.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar says a large number of the new troopers will be sent to the Coast.

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