HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Officials in two state agencies say they worry the current recruitment and hiring process for new state troopers is hurting Connecticut’s ability to keep good candidates.

The heads of the public safety and administrative services departments say they’re reviewing ways in which the process could be streamlined.

They say they also want it to be more convenient for applicants, especially since many try to fit in the testing and training process around the demands of their regular jobs.

State officials say about 40 to 45 percent of people who sign up to take the written test end up dropping out of the process.

They say it’s also increasingly hard to draw and keep minority candidates.

Applicants must take a written exam and physical exam, then high-scoring candidates go through medical tests, background checks, polygraph tests and psychological reviews.


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