State police funding has been cut $9.1 million this year and the training of any new officers is on hold.
Lt. Myra Taylor, a state police spokeswoman, says the force is waiting for the go-ahead to train a new cadet class.
Taylor says Commissioner Frank Pawlowski is working with Gov. Ed Rendell's office to try to find the money to fund more training.
She says there are 299 vacant trooper positions in a force of 4,677. The force provides police coverage for more than 80 percent of Pennsylvania.
Information from: The Patriot-News, http://www.pennlive.com/patriotnews