Military Call-ups Leave Mississippi Highway Patrol Short

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The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol will be down about 80 officers by September because of military call-ups, officials said Tuesday. About 30 troopers on active reserve with the 1st battalion, 155th infantry in McComb, have been deployed to Camp Shelby in the past year and about 50 more are expected to leave by September, a spokesman told the Clarion Ledger.

And with a budget crunch, no money has been allocated to conduct a trooper class this year, postponing the training until next year. The 80 open positions can’t be filled because while overseas a state trooper’s position must be held open until his return from duty. The absence of troopers in the agency of 535 sworn officers will be felt across the board, particularly in road patrol and the driver’s license bureau. Some of the state’s 75 driver’s license stations will have to close, a spokesman said.

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