The agency will host a career day and recruiting event Friday, Oct. 19, at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.
Trooper Shaun Sutherland, who is in charge of recruiting for Troop A, said the event will be looking for those interested in joining the division. Events will be held across the state as the GSP begins looking for students for the next trooper school, scheduled to begin in April 2013.
Held from noon to 3 p.m., the event will feature a presentation from the command staff or Troop A captain at 1 p.m.
Those interested in applying should be 21 or older by graduation, be in good physical condition and pass a background check, according to Sutherland.
“We are going to talk about what GSP does and how it started. We are going to have a seasoned trooper there and a young trooper there, telling what it takes to be a state trooper,” he said.
There also will be displays by the GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team, Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Criminal Interdiction Unit, Nighthawks DUI Task Force and Motorcycle Unit.
Sutherland said those who successfully make it through the school will most likely remain in the northern part of the state.
“As far as where you are going to go after you graduate, I believe most of them are going to go to Atlanta,” he said, adding that making it through the rigorous training often cuts out a large portion of candidates. “It’s the elite law enforcement agency in state. [Training is] about 33 weeks along; it’s very tough physically and mentally. You just have to be prepared and want it.”
The Georgia State Patrol employs about 800 troopers across the state. The agency is divided into 49 posts in nine troops. Troop A covers 14 counties, including Bartow, in northwest Georgia. Post 3, located at 130 State Route 20 Spur in Cartersville, covers Bartow and Paulding counties.
For more information, contact GSP Post 3 at 770-387-4056.