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Oklahoma State Troopers See Major Pay Hike in the New Year

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Oklahoma state troopers across the state will get a long-awaited pay raise in the New Year.

Signed into law by Governor Fallin in November, the pay hike is one of about a dozen laws slated to go into effect at the start of the year.

The raise for state troopers will average between 14-20%. It is the first hike in eight years.

Lieutenant Brian McSlarrow says the increase in pay will help with employee retention and also help new recruits make ends meet.

"Our biggest deal, it will help us retain the older guys. new guys wanna be troopers because that's what they want to do. And the older guys do have to look at what their family situation is and a significant raise like this helps a lot to keep them there," says McSlarrow.

The New Year is also the start of a big hiring campaign for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

They have around 700 members, four that serve Ottawa County, and they are looking to increase their overall patrol force to around 950 by 2020. 
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