Several troopers within the State Highway Patrol may not live close to the county in which they work, according to a recent report by the Office of the State Auditor.
The audit, which was released Monday, found eight troopers lived as far as 187 miles from their county of duty, a direct violation of the Highway Patrol Residency Policy.
The policy mandates that a trooper's residence must be established to ensure troopers can respond to calls for service in a timely manner on a 24-hour basis. Troopers are allowed to live outside the county of their assigned duty station, but they must reside at an approved location within 20 miles of that county line.
"By not following the residency policy, troopers unnecessarily increased commuting miles on their State Highway Patrol vehicles," the audit said. "The increased commuting mileage ultimately resulted in higher fuel and maintenance costs and may have reduced the useful lives of their respective vehicles."
The report also found troopers living outside of areas permitted by the residency policy may have jeopardized response times to calls within their county of duty.