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MSHP Makes Changes to its Recruitment Efforts


The Missouri State Highway Patrol has established a Career Recruitment Division.  Colonel J. Bret Johnson, MSHP superintendent, says the new division will be established and placed under the Administrative Services Bureau at general headquarters in Jefferson City today.  It will be led by Captain Roger Whittler and its focus will be “recruiting qualified and diverse candidates for positions as troopers as well as for more than 60 civilian career classifications within the Patrol,” according to MSHP.

Johnson says they want to make sure a wide range of people from all over the state are considering careers with the Patrol.

Previously, trooper and civilian recruitment was the responsibility of the MSHP’s Human Resources Division.  But the Patrol says staff for the new Recruitment Division will exclusively have responsibility for recruiting a workforce that “reflects the diversity of Missouri.”

According Johnson, the Career Recruitment Division will also work to cultivate partnerships with diverse groups and organizations that work with young people so they will become familiar with the Patrol and its employees and build long-term relationships with the Patrol.