The Kansas Highway Patrol is struggling to fill open positions for state troopers.
There are approximately 21 counties in Kansas that have no dedicated state trooper, and 34 that have only one. According to Kansas Highway Patrol Lieutenant Adam Winters, they currently have the fewest number of officers in about a decade.
Winters said a number of officers have retired in recent years and that applications to fill those positions aren’t coming in.
But they’re working to fix that.