When the latest class of Kansas Highway Patrol recruits started at the academy this month, there were just 10, fewer than at any time in a little more than a decade.
The number of recruits entering the patrol's training academy has ebbed and flowed with time, but since 2017 there has been a steady decline.
The number of new recruits has plunged to 10 this month from 54 in July 2017. The July 2017 class had the most recruits the agency had seen in a decade.
The declining number of recruits has raised questions about trooper pay as well . . .