ALEA wants more than 200 new state troopers hired within a year

ALEA graduates over 30 new troopers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Thirty-two people were sworn in as state troopers Thursday morning.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Hal Taylor said he hopes to have a total of 650 state troopers within a year. Taylor said there are currently about 370 troopers.

“One additional trooper to a smaller county and that’s huge for them," Taylor said.

The state legislature appropriated $5.5 million during the 2019 session to hire 50 state troopers.

Taylor said he plans to ask lawmakers for more money to hire additional troopers.

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