Over the summer, the patrol was rocked by embarrassment after embarrassment - often sex-related, and in some cases, senior officers were at the heart of the allegations.
In response, Governor Perdue appointed a six-person panel to take a hard look at the agency and offer advice.
The panel's draft report just needs the signatures of its members. It makes a series of recommendations on how to rebuild the integrity and image of the patrol.
Among the recommendations:
· Trail audits of serious misconduct that focus on the employee's supervisor.
· A re-investigation of every sworn employee every five years.
· A quarterly report on disciplinary action circulated throughout the patrol and made public.
The panel also recommends a change in state law. Currently, commanders must be chosen from within the Highway Patrol.
Panel members suggest opening it up to a much broader pool of candidates, which would require a legislative change.