The North Dakota Highway Patrol was allowed 15 additional troopers by the 63rd Legislative Assembly. The Highway Patrol currently has 198 full-time employees, of which 150 are sworn officers, which will bring the total number to 213 with 165 sworn officers.
The new troopers have not yet been hired but Sgt. Tom Iverson of the Highway Patrol says that anyone interested in applying should go to their website (www.nd.gov/ndhp) for further information and applications.
"It's going to be a little while," Iverson said of when to expect the new troopers.
Applicants will begin testing in late June or early March with training scheduled to begin on Jan. 6 for those hired. Training will last about 25 weeks at the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy in Bismarck. That should add up to a July graduation.
In addition to the 15 troopers authorized, seven troopers just graduated from the academy on Thursday and are set to assume their posts. The Northwest District will receive five of the seven new troopers, with three stationed in Watford City, one in Crosby, and one in Minot. The two other graduates will assume posts in Rugby and Elgin.