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State police facing shortage

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State troopers are looking at lean times that are about to become leaner as personnel retire. The agency is allowed to fill its vacancies — but state budget woes mean fewer trainees.

By Landmark News Service

The arrival of a new year is typically seen as a time of positive change, but as 2011 dawns, state police officials are braced for what they see as a bad situation about to get worse, even in Southwest Virginia.
On Jan. 1, their sworn ranks of 262 uniformed personnel are scheduled to shrink by another 13 across the state because of retirements. That drop comes at a time when officials say their numbers are already too lean.


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