Wisconsin State Patrol says recruitment in policing is down at every level

Sergeant and Program Director at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy Charlotte Gyllin said recruitment in policing is also down at the city and federal levels.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WKBT) – Wisconsin State Patrol Cadet and former Marine Davin Cotter said becoming a state trooper is about helping people on the worst day of their lives.

“It’s not always about giving someone a ticket or something like that,” he said. “But it’s being there on someone’s worst day when nobody else can be,” he added.

At Fort McCoy on Wednesday, dozens of cadets conducted a series of drills, from car chases to making arrests. The demonstrations happened about two weeks before the Wisconsin State Patrol cadets graduate on June 30 and become Wisconsin state troopers.

Charlotte Gyllin, sergeant and program director at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, said recruitment for the state patrol is down, and so is recruitment in policing at other levels.

“So as far as recruitment for city, state as well as federal, the numbers are down,” said Gyllin.

The process of becoming a Wisconsin state trooper takes six months. During that time period, cadets are put through rigorous training, and Gyllin said some end up reconsidering the opportunity.

The latest recruiting class started with 50 cadets, which is the typical amount according to Gyllin.

“At the academy setting it’s a great time for them to find out if this is a place for them to be an officer, trooper, inspector, so in this case we’re graduating 37 cadets,” said Gyllin.

Of the 37 cadets set to become Wisconsin state troopers on June 30, 17 have some military experience.

Air Force Reservist and Wisconsin State Patrol Cadet Kali Brathol said she’s excited to graduate and become a trooper.

“Seeing how much I’ve grown over the past 26 weeks, I can’t wait to see myself at graduation,” Brathol said.

Anyone interested in applying to possibly become a Wisconsin state trooper can apply to be part of a cadet recruiting class until July 8.

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