MHP recruiting for new cadets with local orientation program

Published 2:00 pm Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is recruiting. MHP Cadet Class 67 will begin in January 2023.

A district orientation will be Saturday, Sept. 24, to let interested parties see what MHP is all about, and what is required to be a trooper. Each of the nine districts will have an orientation class starting at 9 a.m. and expected to last until 3 p.m.

“We’ll have a program, tell them all about the Highway Patrol, and talk about salary and benefits,” said Cpl. Craig James of Troop M, headquartered in Brookhaven. “We’ll also have a PT session to show them what they’ll be expected to be able to do in the academy.”

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

A statement on the Department of Public Safety website reads:

Do you have what it takes to join us?  Since 1938, the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol has made it our mission to have dedicated, hardworking officers to keep our highways safe.  The brave men and women of the Mississippi Highway Patrol are an elite group of law enforcement officers who are highly trained with the most modern techniques and equipment.  Those unique skills are applied on a daily basis to ensure public safety.  We want officers who are proud of our country and loyal to our great state; those who have a high moral standard and the integrity necessary to fight the daily challenges met by law enforcement officers today.

Basic requirements

  • Must be 21 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be a citizen of the U.S. and a resident of Mississippi at the time of appointment.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

The application deadline is Oct. 14. Interested people can pick up an application at Troop M on Hwy. 84 in Brookhaven, download an application at or email