The West Virginia State Police are changing their rules regarding new troopers.

In an effort to beef up their ranks, they're making it easier to join.

Now, county and city police officers can trade in their uniforms for a green one without much extra work.

Instead of spending 25 weeks in preparation at the State Police Academy, now it will take about 11 weeks.

The agency says existing county and city officers have already been through the academy prior to qualify for their current job.

"State Police have always been a candidate for taking our new recruits away," said Dunbar Police Chief Earl E. Whittington. "Now with the accelerated program, it's going to be challenging."

Whittington says it's already hard retaining his officers with limited resources and lots of competition.

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