The patrol arrested two Summersville residents on drug charges Saturday night.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is testing for new troopers, the organization announced this week.

The patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Testing in Troop G will be Aug. 7 in West Plains.

Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 94th recruit class — scheduled to begin training on July 1, 2011. The application deadline is Aug. 29.

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

The starting salary for trooper is $3,034 per month while in training; $3,217 per month after six months; and $3,508 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 medical examination (to include vision and hearing), psychological examination, psychological interview and drug screen.

Interested persons can find out more about the qualifications by contacting a patrol recruiter at telephone number 800-796-7000 or apply online at


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