Alabama Trooper Shortage

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Some Alabama counties are seeing a great shortage of Alabama State troopers on its roadways.

The minimum requirement for troopers is 574.

There are only 364 troopers on the roads right now, leaving Alabama’s posts 210 troopers short.

"This year we've had 12 troopers graduate that will be assigned next week. So far this year, we had 12 to retire. So, we're 50/50. We're still back to square one," says Sgt. Scott Brasher, Alabama State Troopers.

Despite the low number of troopers on the roads, Houston County is actually doing pretty well.

Right now, they have five of the six needed positions filled.

However, that's not the same for surrounding counties.

Barbour County has no troopers for their post, which makes area personnel have to come up with creative ways to cover the area.

"There is a shortage in Barbour County. There are no troopers assigned there. What we've done is rearrange off day numbers. We went from seven to two; we're using grant money such as federal grants to saturate that county. We send troopers on their off day to work. Also, we will divide the county into sections and work it the best we can," explains Brasher.

There are four counties that are staffed below 25-percent. They are Walker, Lowndes, Butler and Barbour County.

The state is trying to meet the demand for troopers.

Alabama State Legislature and Governor Bob Riley have approved two classes per year for the Trooper Academy, until the state troopers’ office reaches full strength once again.

Alabama state troopers start out making $35,000 dollars a year, with overtime availability.

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