JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - An appropriations bill for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety that would allow $6.9 million to be used to conduct a trooper school is one its way to the state Senate. The House unanimously passed the resolution Monday.
"We know that we must train more troopers. If we don't, people will die," said Governor Phil Bryant.
Mississippi is short 150 troopers. The problem is magnified because more than 120 active troopers are currently eligible for retirement.
"Protecting public safety is the foremost function of our government, and we owe it to Mississippians, and to the troopers who are already stretching to cover the state, to get this done," said Bryant.
The recommended $6.9 million in funding would cover training costs for a trooper school. The money would also supply vehicles, weapons, ammunition, armored vests, uniforms and other equipment to the 60 troopers that would graduate the school.
"I thank the House for their leadership on this issue, and I look forward to action from the Senate," said Bryant.