State Police Plan Three Town Hall Meetings in Region 8 for Trooper Applicants

LITTLE ROCK, AR - During the coming weeks Arkansas State Troopers will open the doors to their local offices across the state for a series of town hall style meetings in an effort to answer questions from individuals who may be considering a career with the state's largest law enforcement agency.

"The department is conducting one of the most agressive recruiting campaigns we've ever undertaken," said Major Kathy Sparks, commander of the ASP Administrative Services division.  Thirty-three trooper applicants were recently added to the department's eligibility list to fill positions for the 2008-A troop school scheduled to begin February 10, 2008.  "With these positions now filled, we're immediately moving forward to fill positions in a second troop school that may be scheduled later this year."

As many as 50 new troopers need to be hired, but in order to find qualified candidates who can meet the demands associated with the rigorous screening process; recruiters will likely meet with as many as 500 applicants in order to fill the open positions.

A series of twelve public forums will be held across the state, including three in Region 8.  A January 22 meeting is set for Jonesboro at the Troop C headquarters at 2216 Access Road, at 6 p.m.  Forrest City will host a meeting on January 23 at the Troop D headquarters, and Newport on February 5 at the Troop B HQs.