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State Police Officer Job Description, Career as a State Police Officer, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training High school plus training

Salary Median—$23.55 per hour

Employment Outlook Good

Definition and Nature of the Work

State police officers, or troopers, patrol and enforce laws on highways, issuing traffic tickets, investigating accidents, and administering first aid. They also help motorists by radioing for automobile mechanics and by giving directions and tourist information. Sometimes they check the weight of commercial vehicles and give the public information about highway safety.

Some specialize, conducting fingerprint classification, analyzing microscopic evidence, and piloting police aircraft. Others work in special units such as the mounted police or canine corps. In areas that do not have regular police forces, troopers help city or county police investigate crimes. However, most of their work is restricted to highway matters.

Education and Training Requirements

Most states require troopers to have high school diplomas or the equivalent. Courses in English, social science, government, chemistry, and physics are good preparation for the job.

All states provide formal training, usually lasting several months, that covers state laws, procedures for accident investigation, and traffic control. Recruits are also taught how to use guns, administer first aid, and handle cars at very high speeds.

Many officers continue their education while on the job, particularly if they are interested in advancing to higher positions. Several two- and four-year colleges offer courses in criminology and police science.

Getting the Job

To become a state trooper, you must be a U.S. citizen. In most states, you must be at least twenty-one years old and meet height, weight, and eyesight requirements. You will be selected on the basis of your score on a civil service exam, a personal interview with an officer, and an investigation of your character.

In some states you can become a cadet when you graduate from high school. You will receive a salary while you attend classes to learn about police work. If you are successful at nonenforcement duties, you may become a trooper at age twenty-one.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

New recruits, who usually start as privates, are required to serve probationary periods lasting from six months to three years. Examinations are necessary to advance in rank to corporal, sergeant, first sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. State police officers who show administrative ability may become commissioners or directors.

The number of job openings for state police officers is expected to grow as fast as the average through 2014. Some openings will occur when experienced officers retire or leave the force. Stiff competition is expected in many states.

Working Conditions

Police protection is provided twenty-four hours a day, so troopers usually work rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays. Overtime is often required, because troopers are on call at all times for emergencies.

Troopers spend most of their time driving police cars and are exposed to all types of weather. Like other police officers, they may deal with dangerous and stressful situations and risk their lives in the line of duty. However, the job can also be rewarding, for they aid stranded motorists and prevent accidents. At all times they must be tactful, patient, and alert.

Earnings and Benefits

Salaries vary from state to state. In 2004 the median wage for state patrol officers was $23.55 per hour. Earnings increase with advancement to higher ranks.

Where to Go for More Information

National Association of Police Organizations
750 First St. NE, Ste. 920
Washington, DC, 20002
(202) 842-4420
http://www.napo.org

National Fraternal Order of Police
1410 Donelson Pike, Ste. A-17
Nashville, TN 37217-2933
(615) 399-0999
http://www.grandlodgefop.org

Most states provide uniforms or uniform allowances. Benefits usually include paid vacations, sick leave, health and life insurance, and pension plans.

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almost 8 years ago

hi,

i'm a sophmore in high school and i plan on wanting to join a state police force for my career. i have some questions though. is there a special college degree required for this field of work. if so what is it and where would be the best school to aquire the degree. any information would be apreciated. thanks

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about 9 years ago

State Troopers are the heros for me. They are the greatest and whoever thinks elsewise is crazy!



♥state troopers



emie

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about 9 years ago

GOD BLESS AMERICA...

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about 7 years ago

My husband is a state tropper and he loves every minute of it. Please be nice to them and move over when you see them on the highway stopping someone. It's their job to protect.

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over 8 years ago

waz up lil cops im go9ng to join when

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almost 9 years ago

Hi, I'm Jo. I may only be a sophmore in High School but becoming a Police Officer has been my dream since about like third grade!!.....I absolutely love police work and law enforcement!!! My sister and brother-in-law have really inspired me.... and the work that State Police Officer Mr. Tarter has done. He's been to my school to bring a kid so he'll show up and get his education. but i'm really interested in Patrol or K-9 Unit. Possibly Narcotics or investigation i would really appreciate it if you could send me information on all of the branches or career branches that are possible to pursue.

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about 9 years ago

I would love to ebcome a state poilice officer as soon as I turn 21... cops rock!! trhey prevent things from happing .. people critsise them but when they need somebody because their getting robbed or their cars got stolein who do they calll???? the police officers

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over 5 years ago

im a criminal justice student, and i was wondering if ic an join the force with an A.S. degree? but i heard from another student from C.J. that i must maintain my B.A. for a state trooper?

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about 6 years ago

34 hafizabad

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over 8 years ago

Hi, I am a sophmore in High School and we are doing a career project and I chose a K9 police officer we have to find out a lot of information on them and I am having some trouble finding some things such as Education, Job Description (other than commen sense), Advancement and benefits but my main one is Education and Training. If you have any information or any websites that may help me, please email me with it. Thank you sooooooo much.

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about 4 years ago

shut up

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over 5 years ago

Lets say if I had an interview, What questions do you expect me to ask? This is for a project.

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over 5 years ago

what do u enjoy most about your job?

what do you enjoy least about your job?

Was there anything about your job that you wasnt prepared for?

if u had to do it over would you choose this career again need these answers by friday if possible.

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over 5 years ago

hahah

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about 9 years ago

Hi, this is Ejaz Ul Hassan.

I'm US citizen,

I'm Planning to be a Police Officer.

And I would love to be a Police Officer,



ThankYOU

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almost 5 years ago

Yall dumb

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over 5 years ago

I just started colllege last month, I want to go into Criminal Justice field. I want to be a state police officer. I'm 18 is there anyway i can join?

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over 9 years ago

hehe state troopers suck ballz!! u ys are so gay! let ppl speed and have fun

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over 5 years ago

hey im china i will love to be a state police and all the ppl that think this job is cool u can suck some of my balls !!!!!:)

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about 6 years ago

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