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State Patrol looks to hire more troopers

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If you've ever thought about becoming an Iowa State Trooper, now is your chance.

The Department of Public Safety released promotional video on social media to show people what the job entails.

There's been a shortage of Iowa State troopers in recent years, but that's all about to change.

"We're looking for good qualified people, and we know they're out there," Iowa State Patrol Trooper, Mark Sigwarth said.

For nearly 20 years, Trooper Sigwarth said he has looked forward to work every day.

"It's a great feeling. A lot of people go to work, and they dread going to work. I, along with the majority of the troopers enjoy our job. We go to work every, we put a smile on our face, and we thoroughly enjoy our job," Trooper Sigwarth said.

He was excited when he got news the Department of Public Safety would be hiring more troopers, and he said it's a great opportunity for applicants.

"When you complete the academy, you come out and everything is furnished from your car to your uniform. There's nothing out of pocket. Some states have that where you have to put yourself through. In the State of Iowa, when you're hired through the Iowa Department of Public Safety, once you're hired you're good to go," Trooper Sigwarth said.

The district here in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area currently has 15 troopers spread across six counties. With 10 fewer troopers than 20 years ago, Trooper Sigwarth says he's looking forward to having better resources to keeping Iowans safe.

"And, if we have lower numbers, which we do right now that means our response time will be much longer. That means there's less presence on the road, which rolls over to the type of driving people do. If they do see troopers on the road, they may change their behavior, if you know what I'm talking about," Trooper Sigwarth said.

Troopers say they have to complete a 20-week course of college-like courses and physical training.

To apply you can search http://www.dps.state.ia.us/jobs/

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, recent retirements and funding constraints contributed to the recent shortage of troopers.

The starting salary for most troopers is nearly $50,000 a year.

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