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OHP Pay Bill Passes, Hopes to Avoid Impending Trooper Staffing Crisis

Graduates of the 60th Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper academy.
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 The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly approved a $7.3 million plan to give state Highway Patrol troopers a pay increase.

The House voted 90-0 on Thursday for the bill by Dacoma Republican Rep. Jeff Hickman. It now goes to the state Senate.

Hickman says one-third of the roughly 770 troopers currently are retirement eligible and that there's a critical "manpower issue."

The bill would boost the starting salary of a cadet from $33,192 to $38,602. Starting troopers who have completed their probation would see their pay boosted from $38,000 to $44,194.

Hickman says the OHP is competing with municipal police departments, 15 of which pay officers more than state troopers. He says troopers have not had a pay increase in more than six years.

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