Trooper Justin Garner

Trooper Justin Garner, N.C. State Highway Patrol 

Have you considered a career in law enforcement? The North Carolina State Highway Patrol (SHP) will host a recruitment event on March 17, 6-8 p.m., at Troop H Headquarters, 2206 Fowler Secrest Road, in Monroe.

“Being a State Trooper is something you have to earn, but it is well worth it,” said Trooper Justin Garner. “You have to have a passion in your heart to want to help people.”

A Moore County native, Garner works as a SHP recruitment officer but got his start in law enforcement with the Carthage Police Department.

It was Garner who single-handedly stopped the rampage at Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation nursing home a little more than a decade ago, taking down convicted gunman Robert Stewart who had already shot and killed eight people before he arrived. Garner was lauded internationally as a hero and soon after joined SHP as a recruiting officer.

This year SHP will conduct two patrol schools for future troopers. The first program begins in August and is geared towards candidates who have already completed Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) certification. A second class for recruits new to law enforcement will begin in December.

The recruitment event includes a meet-and-greet for applicants to ask questions. Eligible candidates must be at least 21 years old and, if selected to continue in the program, will have the opportunity to choose their preferred duty station prior to beginning the patrol school.

To learn more or RSVP to attend the event, contact Trooper Gladden at (919) 907-8380.

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