UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The pay is good, the benefits, great and the retirement-even better. And-they're hiring aggressively.
The New York State Police are hitting college campuses to familiarize students with what they do and see if those students might be interested in joining their ranks.
State Police officials are at MVCC in Utica until 2:00 on Monday, showing recruitment videos and answering any questions interested students might have.
The State Police have been hiring at a slower rate in recent years and will soon have to fill the positions of many retiring members.
"Right now we have about 200 in our academy class and we're a force of about 4500-4700 and our attrition rate...we can't keep up with our attrition rate and this is another reason we recognize the need for a new list," says Captain Francis Coots.
A candidate must have at least 60 college credits in order to become a State Trooper. Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 29.
May 1st kicked off the New York State Police recruitment effort. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply, as the state police are hoping to assemble a diverse workforce that reflects the people they serve.
Anyone interested in taking the trooper exam this October can find more information at www.NYTROOPER.com