Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

State Police Trooper Trainee

All Troop Locations

Recruitment #220527-7961SP-001


Are you looking for the opportunity to make a positive difference in the community? The time has come - join our dedicated and dynamic team with the Connecticut State Police!

Position Highlights
The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), Division of State Police is currently accepting applications to establish a pool of qualified applicants to fill future vacant State Police Trooper Trainee positions across the State.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people who have the desire to make a difference in the community while enjoying a career with work-life balance. A study recently ranked Connecticut as the best state in the United States to be a police officer - there has never been a better time to join our team!

Operational needs of the agency will weigh heavily on the initial assignment of hired Troopers. During the training period, DESPP will work with the State Police Trooper Trainees to identify locations that are geographically compatible to their desired location. 

Hired troopers will be required to work various shifts throughout their career. We are seeking trustworthy, motivated, and driven individuals who are able to work well on their own, as well as in a team environment.

What We Can Offer You
The State of Connecticut is committed to providing a safe and thriving environment for our community, and visitors. We believe our employees should receive comprehensive and competitive benefits for choosing to help us best serve our community, which include:
*Salary note: You are entitled to an additional 2.5 hours pay per week for the ½ hour paid meal period.

Our Dedication to Connecticut
We strive to provide superior Public Safety Services for Connecticut and achieve them through our mission:

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

In striving to accomplish our mission, we will embody our core values with great PRIDE:

Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.

To learn more about why you should become a Connecticut State Police Trooper, please view the video below. More information can also be found on our Recruitment and Selections website, where you can also learn about life after graduation from the training academy.

Selection Plan

Selection Process:
The Connecticut State Police hiring process is extensive: the time from application to appointment can take several months. 

The application to hire process is separated into seven stages:

  • Please ensure that your application is complete. You are unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut. Applicant Support can be reached by email at
  • Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity. Due to the large volume of applications, please do not call/email to confirm receipt or status of your application. If your application submits successfully, a pop-up confirmation displays, which is followed by a confirmation email. You can view all emailed notices on your Personal Status Board by clicking the date in the Last Notice column for this recruitment. 
  • Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to

2. Referral Questions: These questions are designed to allow hiring managers to learn more about your abilities and skills related to the State Police Trooper Trainee position. 

  • The Referral Questionnaire notice is sent to your personal email address and is also viewable on your Online Employment Center Personal Status Board, in the Certification Questionnaires section. To continue on in the hiring process, you must respond to and officially submit the Referral Questionnaire by the deadline stated in the notice. Applicants are urged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status and view all emailed notices, in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.  
  • Please do not call or email about status updates regarding referral questions. If you successfully submit your questionnaire on time, a confirmation page displays immediately following your submission. On your Personal Status Board, the submission date and time display in the Certification Questionnaires section. 
  • Important Note: By the terms of use agreement you acknowledged when you registered for the Online Employment Center, you may only have one (1) profile set up. If you created multiple profiles, you will be unable to access the referral questions. If you suspect you have more than one profile, please email Applicant Support at no later than two (2) days before the referral questionnaire deadline to request a profile merge. Please provide the following information in your email:
      • First and last name (including any hyphenated last name, or those with suffixes such as Jr)
      • First three (3) letters of your last name at birth
      • Address
      • Day of birth
      • Primary phone number
      • Email address
3. Physical Fitness Assessment: Candidates must complete and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment that measures muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. CT State Police has tentatively scheduled to run their Physical Agility Test in August 2022.

Additionally, candidates can obtain a valid CHIP card prior to and in lieu of the CT State Police Physical Agility Test. To register, please follow the instructions on the CHIP Test Schedule.

  Instructional Video Links: 
On Orientation Day, applicants must also pass an additional physical agility assessment to secure their seat in 133rd TT Academy Class.

4. Polygraph Examination: Inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity. 

5. Background Investigation: Comprehensive review of employment, attendance, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history. 

6. Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement. 

7. Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.

State Police Recruit Training Program:

Successful completion of all phases of the selection process means that you are eligible to be considered for final appointment as a Trooper Trainee. If you are selected as a Trooper Trainee, you will enter the physically and mentally demanding training program at the State Police Academy. This program lasts thirty (30) weeks which includes classroom instruction, practical exercises and physical conditioning. Trainees are required to live at the Academy, Monday through Friday. 

After graduation from the program, Trainees are assigned to one of the 11 State Police Troops throughout the state for a probationary period and the job training. 

Western District
  • Bridgeport - Troop G / Canaan - Troop B / Litchfield - Troop L / Southbury - Troop A
Central District 
  • Bethany - Troop I / Hartford Bradley Airport - Troop H / Westbrook - Troop F
Eastern District 
  • Colchester - Troop K / Danielson - Troop D / Montville - Troop E / Tolland - Troop C
Important Information:

Incumbents in this class will be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certification including certification by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council. 

New Tattoo Policy: Revised February 25, 2020 to allow covering tattoos on arms with a "sleeve" while head, neck, and hand tattoos are not allowed. 

Applicants on Military Duty:  Applicants on active military duty should contact to discuss the possibility of special testing accommodations.  Special accommodation for active military personnel should be requested during the application filing period if possible. If not possible, special accommodations must be requested within 4 weeks of return from active military service. Copies of military orders will be required for all requests.

Frequently Asked Questions: Please visit our Recruitment & Selections FAQ

Contact Information: Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact the State Police Recruiters Office at (203) 630-8070 or email a recruiter at


This class is used prior to appointment as a State Police Trooper; takes a prescribed formal academic and on the job training course of one (1) year's duration prior to assignment as a State Police Trooper.


At the Police Training Academy receives formal and field instruction in a wide variety of basic police science courses including such subjects as motor vehicle law, laws, techniques and mechanics of arrest, criminal law, search and seizure, detention and transportation of accused, rules of evidence, interviewing and interrogation principles and techniques, communications, traffic control and techniques of patrol, use and care of firearms and equipment, court organization and courtroom procedure including testifying, modern investigative methods and techniques including fingerprinting, ballistics, photography, handwriting and related scientific elements; civil disorder and riot control techniques; accident investigation; first aid; physical training and self-defense tactics; additional courses related to performance of police work including dealing effectively with miscreants; oral communication skills; public speaking and public and community relations; police ethics; history and organization of criminal justice system and department rules, regulations and orders; upon successful completion of academic training is assigned to a troop to receive under close supervision on the job training and practical application of academic training in the full range of law enforcement activities; as knowledge is achieved, techniques mastered and maturity and judgment develop, is assigned increasingly responsible duties with latitude for independent judgment; performs related duties as required; following satisfactory performance of the one (1) year training, is reassigned to a position of State Police Trooper.


Ability to learn and retain information; ability to analyze facts and make decisions; ability to solve problems; ability to analyze emergency situations and develop effective courses of action; reasoning ability; ability to deal effectively with others; ability to understand and communicate oral and written instructions.


Experience and training which would have given the knowledge, skill and ability listed above.


Candidates who demonstrate some or all of the following will be given preference:

  • Ability to communicate effectively through phone, email and face-to-face interactions; 
  • Related education or work experience; 
  • Military experience; 
  • Experience working with difficult clientele; 
  • Prior law enforcement experience; 
  • Experience working with computers and various technology; 
  • Lifesaving/Medical certifications (CPR, EMR, EMT, Paramedic, LPN, RN).


1. Applicants for this class must have reached their 21st birthday.

2. Applicants must have received a high school diploma or GED before becoming a sworn member of the Division of State Police (PA 91-12, Sec.48).

3. Applicants are required to pass a Physical Abilities test prior to appointment.

4. Incumbents in this class must establish residence within Connecticut just prior to completion of the State Police Training Academy.

5. Incumbents must possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license during employment.


In addition to the checking of references, a thorough character investigation of each candidate may be made before names are certified for appointment.


Comprehensive medical and physical examinations will be required of all candidates upon a conditional offer of employment. In addition to general good health, candidates must have and retain sufficient strength, stamina, agility, endurance and eyesight and hearing to perform the duties of a State Police Trooper.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.