Okla. Senate bill 1372 was signed into law Tuesday (May 6), and the effects of the bill aim to increase the number of highway patrol officers in the state, according to a news release Wednesday (May 7).
The bill will lower the age limit for commissioned officers within the Department of Public Safety from 23 to 21 years of age and provide educational credits to veterans, the news release states.
“I was honored to get to work on this bill at the request of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol,” said Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate.
He continued, “By granting honorably discharged veterans thirty college credit hours for their military service, the OHP Associate’s degree requirement will be more manageable. Not only will this change result in more OHP candidates to choose from, but it will also mean those possessing sought-after military skills will have more employment opportunities as well.”
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Randy Rogers said there are currently 777 OHP troopers, but the agency has an optimal goal of 950 officers.