MONROE — The state Highway Patrol is now accepting applications for the 141st Basic Patrol School and will hold an informational session in Laurinburg next Saturday.
The sessions are plan throughout Troop H district — which also includes Richmond, Cleveland, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Union, Anson, Hoke and Moore counties.
The Scotland meeting, which includes participants from Richmond County, will be held at at Scotland County Emergency Management, 1403 West Blvd., in Laurinburg, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 18.
There will also be a session at the Aberdeen Fire Department, 800 Holly Street, on Wednesday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
“We currently have over 150 vacancies across the state of North Carolina and are seeking qualified applicants to fill these positions,” said Trooper William Winchester, Troop H recruiter.
According to Winchester, the Highway Patrol offers benefits including: up to 103 percent retirement; education tuition reimbursement; and a take-home patrol car.
To become a state trooper, individuals must meet the following requirements:
— Be 21 years of age and no older than 39 years of age on the first day of Basic School;
— A high school diploma or equivalent GED;
— Be a citizen of the United States;
— Be physically fit;
— No felonies or serious misdemeanors;
— A good driving record; and
— Have 20/20 vision in each eye or uncorrected vision of no more than 21/100 in each eye which must be corrected to 20/20 in each eye.
Those interested should RSVP by Sunday by emailing [email protected] He may also be reached at 704-215-3482.