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Deadline approaching for MHP Cadet Class 63

The deadline to apply for the Mississippi Highway Patrol Cadet Class 63 is this Friday, June 8th by 5 p.m.

The application can be downloaded online on the Department of Public Safety website or you can pick one up at the human resources office or any substation. The school starts December 2nd and graduates May 1st, 2019.

Captain Johnny Poulos with the Mississippi Highway Patrol said to make sure you have all of the information on the application.

“If it’s not filled out correctly, it’s going to come back to you which delays the process for being bedded into the systems,” said Captain Poulos. “Make sure this is the career path you want to choose to be a state trooper.”

Captain John Perkins, director of MHP training, also said you need to be sure of this before submitting an application and he explained what the job entails.

“This is a dangerous job and they’ll have to go through over 1100 hours of training covering things like dealing with the mentally ill, special needs, riot control, domestic violence, accident investigation, defensive tactics, constitutional law, state statutes, rules of the road, firearms and driving,” said Captain Perkins. “It’s pretty extensive and grueling training and it’s really dangerous when you get out there so you have to really understand what you’re getting into.”

“It’s more than a career. It’s a calling. As a trooper, you protect the lives of those around you. You take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend” the citizens of Mississippi. Take the first step toward that oath today,” stated the Mississippi Department of Public Safety on their Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety

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