[Montgomery, Ala.] The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) today, Feb. 5, welcomed its newest members today as 21 Troopers graduated from ALEA’s Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma.
“We are very proud of ALEA State Trooper Class 2014-A,” said Col. John E. Richardson, who commands the ALEA State Troopers. “This is the first Trooper class to graduate since 2010.”
State Troopers have been understaffed for a number of years. In 2014, there were 289 Troopers assigned to Highway Patrol, which is significantly less than the 871 recommended in a recent study by the University of Alabama. Spencer Collier serves as Alabama's Secretary of Law Enforcement and chief executive of ALEA, which encompasses the State Troopers and the State Bureau of Investigations. The Secretary said, “With the addition of the 21 graduates of Class 2014-A and the consolidation and reorganization, ALEA was able to reallocate personnel and establish law enforcement priorities through a singular state police command structure resulting in 419 Troopers that now are patrolling Alabama highways.”