The Washington State Patrol is considering an increase in class sizes at the academy in Shelton to combat a shortage of troopers.

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SHELTON, Wash.  — The Washington State Patrol is considering an increase in class sizes at the academy in Shelton to combat a shortage of troopers.

KING-TV reports that there are 95 open trooper positions across the state and about 200 troopers will be eligible to retire in the next two to three years.

State patrol hopes at least 60 cadets will take part in the 33-week training academy in the next several months.

Recruiting Lt. Tim Coley says troopers are not the only agency hurting, with about 500 police officer vacancies at agencies throughout Washington.

WSP officials say they expect extra recruiting efforts to extend for the next two years.

The next class at the academy starts in November.