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Become A Trooper

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Working As A Trooper

  • Getting Information
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $66,770

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Trooper does

  • Patrolled Kentucky roadways and enforced the traffic laws.
  • Conducted patrol and crash investigations, including Homicide by Vehicle.
  • Advanced weapons training and defensive tactics training.
  • Plan how to make/execute arrests.
  • Perform duties when assigned as DCJS General Instructor and Firearms Instructor
  • Assisted Bureau of Criminal Investigations on major crimes when requested.
  • Enforced all traffic and criminal laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Assisted in the prevention of traffic accidents.
  • Traffic Enforcement focus with all traffic related criminal activity.
  • Investigated and processed crime scenes, collected evidence and interviewed both suspects and witnesses.
  • Court testimony regarding any of the above.
  • Foot patrol, highway patrol, DUI investigation.
  • Completed Idaho State Police Academy.
  • Committed to giving emergency medical treatment to the injured (EMT, First Responder).
  • Attend autopsies for the purpose of examining, photographing, documenting, preserving and collecting physical evidence.
  • Enforce laws, investigate crimes, respond to crashes, attend to injured.Thoroughly investigated every aspect of suspected criminal activity.
  • Worked directly with local city law enforcement agencies.
  • Participated in community patrols and responded to emergency calls.
  • Patrol President NY State Police Investigators Union Vice President AFL-CIO
  • Author and execute search warrants 5.

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How To Become A Trooper

Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualification standards. A felony conviction or drug use may disqualify a candidate.

Education

Police and detective applicants must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, although many federal agencies and some police departments require some college coursework or a college degree. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, and agencies may offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these, or related, degrees. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset in many federal agencies and geographical regions.

Fish and game wardens applying for federal jobs with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service typically need a college degree; and those applying to work for a state’s natural resources department often need a high school diploma or some college study in a related field, such as biology or natural resources management.

Federal agencies typically require a bachelor's degree. For example, FBI and DEA special agent applicants are often college graduates.

State and local agencies encourage applicants to continue their education after high school, by taking courses and training related to law enforcement. Many applicants for entry-level police jobs have taken some college classes, and a significant number are college graduates. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice. Many agencies offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these or related degrees.

Training

Candidates for appointment usually attend a training academy before becoming an officer. Training includes classroom instruction in state and local laws and constitutional law, civil rights, and police ethics. Recruits also receive training and supervised experience in areas such as patrol, traffic control, firearm use, self-defense, first aid, and emergency response.

Federal law enforcement agents undergo extensive training, usually at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, or at a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Detectives normally begin their careers as police officers before being promoted to detective.

FBI special agent applicants typically must have at least 3 years of professional work experience in areas ranging from computer science to accounting.

Other Experience

Some police departments have cadet programs for people interested in a career in law enforcement who do not yet meet age requirements for becoming an officer. These cadets do clerical work and attend classes until they reach the minimum age requirement and can apply for a position with the regular force. Military or police experience may be considered beneficial for potential cadets.

Cadet candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually be at least 21 years old, have a driver’s license, and meet specific physical qualifications. Applicants may have to pass physical exams of vision, hearing, strength, and agility, as well as written exams. Previous work or military experience is often seen as a plus. Candidates typically go through a series of interviews and may be asked to take lie detector and drug tests. A felony conviction may disqualify a candidate.

Advancement

Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance. In large departments, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work, such as working with juveniles.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Police, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to express details about a given incident in writing.

Empathy. Police officers need to understand the perspectives of a wide variety of people in their jurisdiction and have a willingness to help the public.

Good judgment. Police and detectives must be able to determine the best way to solve a wide array of problems quickly.

Leadership skills. Police officers must be comfortable with being a highly visible member of their community, as the public looks to them for assistance in emergency situations.

Perceptiveness. Officers, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to anticipate a person’s reactions and understand why people act a certain way.

Physical stamina. Officers and detectives must be in good physical shape, both to pass required tests for entry into the field, and to keep up with the daily rigors of the job.

Physical strength. Police officers must be strong enough to physically apprehend offenders.

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Trooper Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    88.3%
  • Female

    10.5%
  • Unknown

    1.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    83.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    7.2%
  • Asian

    7.1%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    60.0%
  • Russian

    10.0%
  • Polish

    10.0%
  • Carrier

    10.0%
  • French

    10.0%
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Top Skills for A Trooper

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Top Trooper Skills

  1. Law Enforcement Agencies
  2. Motor Vehicle Accidents
  3. Public Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Program for all State, County and local law enforcement agencies implementing the program in communities throughout the state.
  • Investigated motor vehicle accidents and criminal activity within the geographical area of assignment or as designated by supervision.
  • Patrol highways and initiate traffic stops to enforce the law and promote voluntary compliance with the law to increase public safety.
  • Conducted pre-employment background investigations of State Police Trooper Trainee candidates.
  • Prepared required paperwork required by Statutes and Courts and submitted reports to prosecutors, and submitting of admissible physical evidence

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