MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police officials say the number of applicants for state trooper positions is beginning to increase after a slump.

Lt. Barb Zonay, director of recruiting for the state police, says officials can now attend more job fairs and are actively seeking out candidates instead of letting applicants come to them. The Times Argus reports (http://bit.ly/2xMTYIl ) police officials tripled the number of staffers devoted to recruitment in January of this year.

Zonay says she believed the recent dip in applications was due to negative media attention against law enforcement nationwide in past years.

She also said she thinks the Trump administration has shown support for law enforcement, resulting in an uptick in applications.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/