March 29, 2024

New York State Police launch a new campaign to continue recruitment efforts.

New York State Police launch a new campaign to continue recruitment efforts.
Press Release

The New York State Police is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the New York State Trooper Entrance Examination, starting March 25, 2024. Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their applications and register for the exam at Become a Trooper Home Page | Join the State Police (ny.gov)

The New York State Police is launching an ambitious recruitment initiative designed to attract qualified individuals to its ranks. Applications for the Trooper Entrance Examination are now being accepted, with the submission window remaining open until June 3, 2024. The final opportunity to take the Entrance Examination during this campaign will be June 10, 2024.

This year, the exam will be accessible at 60 authorized Pearson VUE testing centers located throughout New York State, extending to 390 locations across the United States, as well as at 101 designated military sites globally. This arrangement ensures applicants have the flexibility to select a convenient time and location for their examination. The computer-based examination allows for a convenient and accessible testing process for anyone interested in becoming a Trooper.

The New York State Police Academy, located in Albany, along with a second facility in Cazenovia, NY, stands ready to train the next generation of State Troopers.

Candidates who successful pass the entrance examination may be afforded the opportunity to proceed to the Physical Ability Testing phase of processing.  This testing will take place at three regional locations, with additional sites being considered to accommodate future examination cycles.

In line with modern standards, a revised tattoo policy was introduced in 2022, allowing candidates with tattoos that can be concealed under a long-sleeve uniform shirt or business attire to proceed in the selection process. The complete tattoo policy is available for review Tattoo Policy | Join the State Police (ny.gov) .

The New York State Police is dedicated to fostering a diverse workforce and is a proud participant of the “30x30 Initiative”, aiming to increase female recruitment to 30 percent by 2030. 
A career with the New York State Police offers significant opportunities for advancement and professional development, with specialized units such as Aviation, Canine, Underwater Recovery Team, Special Operations Response Team, and Bureau of Criminal Investigation, just to name a few. Further information on these specialized roles can be found at Specialty Units | New York State Police (ny.gov) .

For those interested in pursuing a meaningful and dynamic career in law enforcement, detailed information and the application portal for the Entrance Examination are available at Become a Trooper Home Page | Join the State Police (ny.gov). A comprehensive study guide to aid in exam preparation is also available through the website https://joinstatepolice.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/10/study-guide-practice-test-for-the-nysp-trooper-examination-updated-for-pv-testing.pdf .

Minimum Qualifications for the Examination:
•    Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen.
•    Age: Must be at least 20 years old and not have reached your 35th birthday at the time of application.
•    The maximum age may be extended one year for each year of full-time active military duty – up to a maximum of 7 years.
•    Education: A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

To be considered for employment, candidates must meet additional criteria, details of which are available online Qualifications | Join the State Police (ny.gov) .

Salary & Benefits:
•    Starting salary for Academy appointees is $59,612.
•    After one year of service, the minimum compensation rises to $98,300. 
•    Full health benefits and a retirement plan.

Applicants are invited to speak with a New York State Police Recruiter for further information by contacting [email protected] or dialing (518) 485-0855.