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Patrol concerns: short on manpower

By John Joyce
Published in News on February 4, 2013 1:46 PM

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Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Cook checks the computer in his patrol car as Trooper Bennie Grady looks on. The troopers were preparing to go back on their next shift. State Highway Patrol officials say the local patrol unit, along with every troop in the state, is understaffed.

Deep state budget cuts in back-to-back years and an unsustainable attrition rate are thinning the ranks of the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the problem is particularly acute in the troop that includes Wayne County. First Sgt. Jeff Gordon, the...

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