Arizona DPS Scouting For Trooper Recruits At Sky Harbor Airport

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 11:10am
Updated: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 9:41am

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has ramped up its recruiting efforts for hiring new state troopers.

DPS Director Frank Milstead has moved a recruiting station into Sky Harbor Airport's baggage claim area, hoping to grab the attention of travelers passing through Phoenix.

Depending on its success, they are also eyeing other airports for recruiting sites.

"We're going to hopefully move this program out to airports in Seattle and in California," Milstead said, "to see if we can get some people who really want to do law enforcement to come here and be law enforcement officers."

He admitted that it has been difficult recruiting troopers, especially with videos going viral showing officers' arresting suspects but without proper perspective.

He said Arizona is relatively more respectful toward law enforcement, a fact he hopes will help draw candidates from nearby states.

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