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OHP requirements lowered slightly to hire more troopers

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._Recent changes to the requirements for becoming an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper have made it easier for the agency to recruit.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 1372 lowers the minimum age of a recruit from 23 down to 21 and has also lowered the education requirements from a Bachelor’s degree to an Associate’s degree. New recruits have the education option of having either an Associate’s degree or a minimum of 62 hours completed from an accredited college or university or they can substitute that requirement for 32 hours completed at an accredited college or university along with an honorable discharge from any active duty military or reserve military service. Applicants with prior military service will receive credit for 10 hours for each year served, for a maximum of 30 hours.

Anyone wishing to work in the Communications Division must be at least 20 years old and have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development certificate. They must also have either six months of dispatcher experience or have completed at least 15 hours at an accredited college or university.

Governor Fallin signed this bill into law Tuesday.

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