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When you think about highway patrol troopers, you might think of their job as patrolling highways in search of speeding vehicles.

They do that, but they do so much more.

Now, you have a chance to see an insider view of what it's like to be a member of the Missouri Highway Patrol. You'll learn not only what they do, but what civilian employees inside the patrol do as well.

Members of the patrol's Troop F will host a Community Alliance Program beginning Oct. 26. It will be at several locations throughout the Jefferson City area. Participants will meet for five consecutive Tuesday nights.

The program offers an opportunity to meet and interact with troopers and civilian employees, with classroom and practical instruction, covering various topics including traffic stops, traffic crashes and criminal investigations, polygraph examinations, DWI enforcement and bomb squad equipment.

Participants will also get to ride along with a trooper, according to a patrol news release. The program will culminate with an awards ceremony at the patrol academy on East Elm Street.

The class will be limited to 20 people and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, following a criminal record check.

For more information about the program, contact Cpl. Kyle Green at 573- 751-1000, Ext. 3619. To apply, visit statepatrol.dps.mo.gov and click on the Services icon. After clicking on Services, click Community/Student Alliance under Program Information and the available programs page will open. Applications will be accepted until the class is filled.

It's an excellent opportunity to see the agency's operations firsthand and to gain more of an appreciation for what it does. We hope you'll consider applying for the program.

News Tribune

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