New Web Site Offers Info on Becoming State Police Trooper

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania State Police Friday unveiled a new Web site that enhances the department’s efforts to recruit new troopers and others interested in jobs with the 102-year-old organization.

“This new site,, provides answers to many frequently asked questions about the cadet recruitment process and the various careers available with state police,” Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller said. “Videos even give visitors a small taste of what it’s like to be a cadet attending the State Police Academy in Hershey.”

Miller said the department wants to make it as easy as possible for prospective troopers to get information about eligibility requirements and to
apply online to take the written exam to become a cadet.

“We are committed to seeking qualified applicants to join our ranks and to having a force that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve,” he said. “To do that, it’s in our best interests to spread the word about career opportunities in the state police.”

Although applicants are not required to be a Pennsylvania resident at the time of application, they must live within the state and possess a valid
Pennsylvania driver’s license at the time of appointment as a cadet.

Additionally, to apply for consideration as a state police cadet, an applicant must:

• Be at least 20 years old on the date the application is completed. Applicants must be at least 21 and not older than 40 on the date of appointment

• Possess a high school diploma or a GED certificate, plus an associate’s degree or 60 hours at an accredited institution of higher
education at the time of application. Certain waivers to the education requirement are available.

Following the written examination, successful candidates move on to the oral exam phase. A candidate’s final overall score will be based on both the written and oral examinations.

An individual selected through the examination process must successfully complete a physical fitness test, polygraph test, background investigation and medical and psychological evaluations before appointment as a cadet.
Cadets must complete an intense, 27-week training course before they become troopers. The starting salary for new troopers is $48,780.

Miller said the site was designed by the State Police Recruitment and Special Services Office.

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