The New Jersey State Police has announced that for the first time in two years, they will begin accepting applications for as many as 225 trooper positions next month.
The positions will become available when two State Police academy classes begin next spring.
State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes said there are a lot of opportunities available. “Homeland security, hometown security, traffic safety, homicide, cyber crimes,” Fuentes said, according to CBS Philly. “There really isn’t too much in the area of criminal science and criminal justice that we don’t cover.”
New Jersey NAACP President James Harris recommends that the State Police hire local police who have been laid off in recent years, many of whom are minorities, to fill the trooper positions. He said greater diversity in the force would help to address racial profiling issues, according to an Associated Press report on philly.com.