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      The Missouri State Highway Patrol seeks trooper applicants

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the law enforcement agency is testing for new troopers.

      The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply, and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 98th Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on January 2, 2014. The application deadline is March 28, 2013.

      To be eligible candidates must possess a minimum of 60 college credits, or two years of federal active duty military service with an honorable discharge, or two years of POST certified, full-time law enforcement experience at the time recruit training begins.

      Test locations and dates include:Troop E, Poplar Bluff -- March 9, 2013Troop G, Willow Springs -- March 16, 2013Troop D, Springfield -- March 23, 2013Troop A, Lee's Summit -- April 6, 2013Troop B, Macon -- April 6, 2013Troop I, Rolla -- April 6, 2013Troop C, Weldon Spring -- April 13, 2013Troop H, St. Joseph -- April 13, 2013

      General Headquarters (Jefferson City) April 20, 22, 24, and 26, 2013

      The starting salary for trooper is $3,095 per month while in training; $3,281 per month after six months; and $3,578 per month at two years of service. Other benefits include group health insurance, contributory retirement, career advancement, and more.

      The selection process is a multi-phase testing procedure including: written examination, a physical fitness for duty assessment, polygraph examination, background investigation, and oral interview board. After a conditional offer of employment, the applicant must successfully complete a medicalexamination (to include vision and hearing), psychological examination, a psychological interview, drug screening, and final applicant review.

      Interested persons can find out more about the qualifications by contacting a Patrol recruiter at telephone number 1-800-796-7000, or may apply online at www.motrooper.com.