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State Troopers to rally for school

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Troopers Association is appealing to Lt. Governor Tate Reeves for more manpower. A letter from an anonymous trooper and a petition called 'a troopers plea for help' was sent to the Lt. Governor January 24. 

At issue is funding for a highway patrol trooper school. Short handed and short changed is the way some view it.

Troopers are asking the legislature for 7 million dollars to fund a trooper school something the Governor supports but the Lt. Governor does not.

Now state troopers are taking their plea directly to the legislature. The number of troopers allotted by law is 650, but only 502 are out on the roads right now.

That is the lowest number in years according to Sgt. Jimmy Dale Thomas, President of the MS Trooper Association.

"We not seen that since 2007 when we had 640 troopers staffed," said Thomas. "Our numbers go down each year by about 25 men and women."

A "blue out" rally is on tap Wednesday at the Capitol.

There are more than 120 state troopers that could retire today according to the Trooper Association. They claim a potential crisis is in the making unless they get more boots on the ground.

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