Amid nationwide shortages, Rhode Island State Police hold open house recruitment drive

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (WLNE) — Across the nation, local and state police have found challenges when it comes to staffing, recruitment, and retention.

In Rhode Island, state police are looking to change that.

The agency held an open house recruitment drive at their North Scituate Barracks to give applicants the opportunity to meet troopers, see demonstrations, and learn about the specialty equipment used by each unit.

Rhode Island State Police hold open house recruitment drive, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (WLNE)

State police are accepting applicants for the 2024 Training Academy until Jan. 28, 2023.

“Our troopers are the best recruiters and they are looking forward to having the opportunity to meet potential applicants and talk about a career with the Rhode Island State Police,” said Col. Darnell Weaver, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and director of the Department of Public Safety.

Saturday, potential troopers met with recruiters, got a demonstration from the K-9 unit, and learned more about what being a state trooper entails.

Rhode Island State Police hold open house recruitment drive, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (WLNE)

Capt. Kenneth Jones is a 25-year veteran of the agency and oversees the Community, Diversity, and Equity Unit in addition to recruitment and the training academy.

We’re looking for those candidates who are driven, who want to excel, who are up for the challenge,” the captain said at Saturday’s open house. “It’s a commitment, there’s no question about it.”

Although staffing shortages loom, Jones said the agency has kept it’s high standards when it comes to hiring troopers.

Rhode Island State Police hold open house recruitment drive, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (WLNE)

We’re not looking at the quantity, we’re looking at the quality of the applicant,” he said.

State police are looking for men and women between ages 18 to 34 to apply to its next academy.

Rhode Island State Police troopers are seen at an open house recruitment in North Scituate, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (WLNE)

“We stress team work, small unit leadership, integrity, respect, and dignity. Those are some of the hallmarks of a Rhode Island State Trooper,” he said.

The agency plans to hold another recruitment drive Saturday, Nov. 19. To learn more or apply, click here.

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