Trooper Shortage at the Georgia State Patrol

Some fixes are on the way.

It’s going to be a bit easier to become a trooper, Georgia public safety officials say. Applicants to the state trooper academy now can take a series of skills tests through the state’s fledgling Work Ready assessment program at 35 technical colleges, rather than sporadic tests administered by the Department of Public Safety at just a few sites. Department officials say the convenience of the new program, which debuted in 2006, will combat the difficulty of recruiting new troopers. The Georgia State Patrol is about 200 troopers short of the 953 positions it has available, and has been competing with county and municipal police departments for a dwindling crop of candidates, said Lisa Maier, the department’s deputy human resources director. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn away many of the service members who typically seek careers in law enforcement, Maier said.


  1. BubbaRich says:

    I had some rather intense times with one of these gentlemen in the last couple of years, and competence and honesty seemed to be in short supply. My scientific mindset doesn’t like to draw conclusions on an n of 1 (one experience dealing with one trooper), but right now that’s all I have to go on. And that’s BEFORE they lower the bar to get in.

  2. Icarus says:

    I haven’t seen stats in years, but 5-6 years ago, the pay scale for Troopers was so far below that of any Metro Atlanta police or sheriff’s office that it’s no wonder they have a shortage.

    If you want to attract and retain quality, you have to pay for it. GA doesn’t.

  3. Romegaguy says:

    Can somebody do a chart with map overlay as to when it is safe to drive at fast speeds on our interstates due to the shortage?

  4. Dave Bearse says:

    It’s my understanding that in GA outside of school and construction zones you can set the cruise at 9mph over the speed limit and forget about it—cops can’t do anything about it unless you’re doing something else illegal.

  5. Rick Day says:

    Why is the default strategy ALWAYS to lower the standard?

    Just what we need: even MORE stupid people with guns and the law backing them 99.9% of the time as codified homicide machines.

    Who will protect the children from these sub-grads?

  6. Trackboy1 says:

    I know some of these guys, and they’re some of the best people in this state. Most state residents don’t know how invaluable our troopers are when there are natural emergencies such as the tornado down in Americus a while back.

    They have very old equipment, very old facilities, very old vehicles, and mediocre pay (decent benefits though). Yeah, I wish they did a much better job with enforcing speeding and such on the interstates, but the fact is the elected state officials treat the Georgia State Patrol like dirt., and that goes for Dem’s and Republicans.

    953 troopers for a state of over nine million people??!! Atlanta and DeKalb have way more officers than that.

    In many other states, troopers are the best of the best, with local police offices working their tails off to work there way up to become state troopers. It should be that way here in GA, but our elected state officials could care less about the GSP.

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