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Oklahoma Highway Patrol extends application period

As of Thursday, 389 people had applied for the 62nd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy, but officials are hoping to receive more than 600 applications by the end of the month, Capt. George Brown said.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Modified: June 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm •  Published: June 8, 2013

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has extended the application period in hopes of receiving more applications for its next academy.

The application deadline for a spot in the 62nd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy originally was Sunday, but is now June 30.

The patrol had received 389 applications as of Thursday afternoon, Capt. George Brown said.

Brown said officials would like to have more than 600 applications by the end of the month, giving them a large pool of qualified applicants to choose from.

There has been a steady decline in number of applicants in recent years, he said.

Troopers on lookout

“We are relying on troopers in the field to speak to people,” Brown said “We have tasked every state trooper with the mission of recruiting for this next school, and here's why — because they are ones out there seeing who's interested, seeing who's in the community, and they know, ultimately, this is going to be their partner in the field. They know the qualities and the characteristics that it takes to be a state trooper and whom best to identify those qualities than those troopers in the field.”

Officials hope to pick 60 to 62 qualified applicants for the 62nd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy, he said.

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