PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will hold recruiting seminars in the next few weeks in an effort to add more female troopers to its ranks.

Five Women’s Recruiting Seminars are scheduled statewide. The seminars, now in their fourth year, are designed to provide more information to women who are interested in joining the Highway Patrol.

“We have found these seminars to be educational both for us and for those women interested in joining the Highway Patrol,” says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “These seminars help us identify possible applicants while also being able to answer the questions the applicants may have about the Highway Patrol. “

Currently the Highway Patrol has 13 female troopers. Officials say the seminars have helped increase the number of female troopers within the Highway Patrol.

As in past years, there will be seminars in Aberdeen, Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. A fifth seminar has been added in Watertown.

Each seminar lasts two hours. Female troopers will be available to discuss topics such as the application process, training, what it’s like to be a state trooper and the challenges that come with the position.

Seminars are planned for:
Feb. 15, Pierre, Capital Lake Visitors Center, 6-8 p.m. CST;

 March 6, Aberdeen, Caribou Coffee, 604 Sixth Avenue Southeast, 6-8 p.m. CST;

 March 6, Watertown, Lake Area Technical Institute, 10 a.m.-noon CST.

Dates and times for the seminars to be held in Rapid City and Sioux Falls have not yet been determined.

“Being part of the South Dakota Highway Patrol is an honor, but also a responsibility because you are serving and protecting the public,” says Col. Price. “We want only the best; those people of honor, integrity and high moral and ethical character.”

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The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

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