The North Carolina Highway Patrol will halt trooper promotions, transfers and future basic training schools until the agency learns the extent of spending cuts due to next year's budget. Commander Col. Michael Gilchrist wrote a memo this week to patrol leaders saying the suspensions of activity are necessary to minimize the number of people who could be affected by the "imminent elimination of positions." The memo dated Wednesday came one day after the Senate's budget was unveiled, requiring several million dollars in cuts from the patrol. The House budget directed the elimination of at least 75 sworn officers and civilian positions, along with additional spending cuts. Gilchrist said the cuts will challenge the patrol's ability to provide public safety and fulfill its mission.
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