Illinois State Police looking to hire new troopers

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois State Police held an information session Wednesday to hire new troopers.

It’s an ongoing campaign to help employ more people.

Job seekers got the chance to talk with current law enforcement officers.

Starting in January, applicants will only need an Associates degree to become a trooper, because of that Illinois State Police hope the pool of candidates will increase.

“Actually I’ve talked with recruitment specialists from other states, and those that use the associates find that they have a wider pool of people to choose from and the diversity of the people that they can get actually is raised,” said Special Agent and Recruitment Specialist, Bethe Hughes.

The organization wants to have 2,200 troopers by 2022.

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