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State Trooper


Recruitment #22-TROOPR-099


The Delaware State Police is accepting application for the Fall 2022 Recruit Class (22-TROOPR-099) until April 18, 2022 @ 11:59 PM

Pay Grade

$56,041.00/year - During Academy Training

$66,749.00/year - Following Successful Completion of the Field Training Officer Program

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must meet the following requirements prior to submitting an application:

Citizenship - Applicant must be a United States citizen.

Age - Applicants must reach their 21st birthday prior to completion of the Academy training, and must not be older than 39 on the first day of the Academy.

Education - Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and must have attained a minimum of 60 semester credits, or 90 quarter credits, from an accredited college or university OR one that is recognized by the U. S. Department of Higher Education OR 30 college credits along with two years of active duty military service.

An applicant with 30 college credits and any of the below-listed experience will be eligible for an accelerated Academy curriculum:

  • Two years (post-training) as a full-time, Delaware-certified police officer.
  • Or two years of full-time (post-training) experience as a state trooper from another state, having completed a paramilitary live-in state training academy.

(To compete for the rank of Sergeant, 60 college credits are required. A Bachelor's Degree is required to compete for the ranks of Lieutenant and above.)

Residence - There is no residency requirement at time of application. However, Delaware residency is required by the completion of the academy training, prior to field training. Troopers are subject to assignment in any part of the state.

Driver's License - Applicants must have a current valid driver's license and at least one year of driving experience. An applicant with a prior driving suspension or revocation must have one year of reinstatement in order to be eligible to apply. Any alcohol-related driving arrests and overall driving history will be subject to review.

Criminal Record and Activity - Any felony conviction is an automatic disqualification. Any criminal activity that would be considered a felony under Delaware law, federal law, or the law of the state in which the activity occurred is a disqualification. Applicants must have all prior criminal arrests expunged before being hired. (Arrest or conviction for all other crimes and offenses are subject to evaluation).

Drug Usage - Any use of an illegal drug will be subject to review at the time the application is submitted, any prior use of a hallucinogenic drug, will be an automatic disqualification. All other drug use, including illegally using prescribed drugs, is subject to review.

*Weight - Weight must be in compliance with the Delaware State Police weight chart or maximum allowed body fat percentage. (See Weight Standards under the Important Documents link at the bottom of the page.)

*Hearing - Normal hearing.

*Vision - Visual acuity can be no worse than 20/40 in each eye, uncorrected, and must be corrected to 20/20 with glasses or gas permeable contacts; or no worse than 20/200 in each eye uncorrected and must be corrected to 20/20 with soft contacts lenses only. Normal color vision and normal depth perception are required.

*(Following an offer of employment, the selected applicants will be examined by the Division's heath providers for compliance with the above requirements, and will be given a complete medical examination to determine if the applicant is able to perform essential job functions.)

Job Elements

To perform the duties of State Trooper, an applicant must demonstrate good judgment, thoroughness, conscientiousness, common sense, motivation, and enthusiasm for the job. Troopers must be dependable and willing to get involved in order to help deal with the problems of today's society. Troopers must be able to assume responsibility, make decisions often under pressure, work without supervision, follow orders, function in physical danger, act under pressure, communicate well, and combine physical and mental resources.

Duties and Responsibilities - A Delaware State Trooper performs the following duties of patrol, investigation, troop duties, maintenance activities, and special assignments:

  • Patrol duties involve directing traffic, assisting lost, stranded or disabled motorists, approaching motorists on routine or non-routine violations, making arrests, processing prisoners, controlling crowds, and supporting other troopers in stressful situations. Other patrol duties involve inspecting and safeguarding property, responding to bank alarms, chasing violators on foot, and checking buildings at night for burglaries. Investigative duties include interviewing complainants and witnesses, interrogating suspects, aiding injured people, handling motor vehicle crashes and crime scenes, responding to complaints involving vicious animals, using deadly force, and executing search and seizure warrants, as well as arrest warrants.
  • Troopers are required to perform troop duties such as sending and receiving radio, phone and electronic messages; maintaining troop records, responding to telephone inquires concerning such things as road conditions, locations, and the law; and preparing written memoranda and reports.
  • Troopers must maintain a good personal appearance and physical condition. Troopers are tested on a regular basis throughout their career to ensure they maintain sufficient aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, coordination, flexibility, percentage of body fat, and sufficient levels of neurological senses to safety and effectively perform job functions. Other responsibilities include proper care of division equipment, uniforms, and vehicles; and maintaining a clean and orderly troop.
  • Assignments are varied and may include testifying in court, securing major disaster areas, participating in community and public relations programs, escorting dignitaries, conducting speeches or lectures, training recruits and or counseling youth. Scheduling includes working weekends, holidays, overtime, and in inclement weather. Assignments may be physically demanding including shift work. Patrol officers normally work a 12-hour rotating shift, working a maximum of 3 consecutive days. Troopers are frequently required to either substantially delay or forego regular meals.

The duties of a trooper may become unpredictably hazardous and require acute use of senses to discern various stimuli of danger. Troopers typically operate alone, and backup assistance is frequently not immediately available. Troopers are often required, without preparation, to run long distances, traverse rough terrain quickly, climb obstacles, remove injured or unconscious people from harm's way, engage in physical confrontations using offensive and defensive tactics to subdue combative individuals, and to effect forceful arrests.

Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants will be required to pass a Physical fitness Examination, for which the requirements can be found in the Important Documents Section on our Website
  • Applicants do NOT need to be Delaware resident in order to apply, however, you will be required to establish Delaware residency prior to graduating from the Training Academy.


To perform the job of Trooper successfully, an individual must be able to perform essential job duties satisfactorily.  Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Delaware State Police will provide reasonable accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship.  If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Lieutenant Kristin Willard, Assistant Director of Human Resources, at (302) 672-5481 or via email at  To request an auxiliary aid or service, please contact (302) 739-5458.  TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service number at 800-232-5460 for assistance.

Recruiting Events & Dates

The Delaware State Police will be administering the FINAL Written and PT test for the Fall 2022 academy class on Saturday, May 7, 2022.  The date, time and location will be forthcoming once everything has been confirmed.  Please continue to check our website and your JobAps account for the most up to date information.

Eligible applicants can utilize the Written Test Study Guide and look for the PT standards based on gender and age on our website  Both can be found under Important Documents.

The Delaware State Police Recruiting Unit will be attending several career and job fairs in and around the State of Delaware. Please visit our website and view our calendar for specific dates and locations.
You can also reach out to one of our recruiters for more information.

Email -
Phone - 302-739-5980

How to Succeed in the Hiring Process Seminars

The Delaware State Police will be hosting How to Succeed in the DSP Hiring Process Seminars for all active applicants. The seminar is not mandatory; however applicants are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Delaware State Police and the hiring process.

Saturday, April 30, 2022 @ 8:30 AM

Delaware State Police Troop 7

19444 Mulberry Knoll Road

Lewes, DE  19958

Please RSVP to prior to 4:00 PM on Friday, April 29th

Seating is first come, first served as there are limited seats available

Did you know?  A survey of State Police recruits who were hired revealed that 80% of these recruits attended a 'How to Succeed in the Hiring Process' seminar and used the study guide that can be found on our website


Contact a Recruiter

Contact Information for the Recruiting Section 

Sergeant India Sturgis - or 302.672.5410

Cpl/3 Kristin Carroll - or 302.672.5478

Cpl/2 Adam Jewell - or 302.672.5471

Community Outreach Coordinator

Marty McWilliams - or 302.672.5479

Applicants in a Current Hiring Process

Any applicant currently active or has a question regarding the application process itself, is asked to contact Mrs. Cynthia Konnick at 302-739-7846 or


The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

Selection Plan

Applicants will submit their application via the website, and once submitted the application will be reviewed by the Recruiting Office for initial screening of Minimum Qualifications.

Upon successful review of the application, applicants will be invited to attend Applicant Testing which will consist of a Written Examination and a Physical Fitness Test.  PT standards can be found on our website

Applicants will be invited via a notice from the system to complete the Pass 2 (Confidential Questionnaire) portion of the application. You will have twenty-eight (28) days to complete this section of the application which will require a lot of time and attention on the part of the applicant. Once the Pass 2 is submitted, the Recruiting Office will review your responses for a secondary screening of requirements & qualifications.


Upon successful review of the Pass 2, applicants will then be invited to attend the Oral Board portion of the hiring process.  Applicant can access the Oral Board Preparation Guide via the website

Based upon the scoring received at Applicant Testing, applicants will be placed in a "Banding", which is essentially a letter grade with A being the best, then B, and so on. Applicants will be contacted by the Recruiting Office to schedule their Polygraph Examination.

Upon successfully completing the Polygraph Examination and screening, applicants will be assigned a Background Investigator who will conduct an extremely extensive and thorough investigation, using the Pass 2 as a road map. Integrity is of the utmost importance.

Applicants are presented to the Delaware State Police Executive Staff for review and selection. The Colonel and the Executive Staff have the final say as to who will and will not be hired.

Applicants who are selected, will be issued a Conditional Offer of Hire and will be subject to Medical Testing (Physical Fitness Examination, Medical Physical, Psychological Examination, Drug Screening, Vision Test, etc.) at the cost of the Division, and additional background screening.

Applicants successfully completing the Medical Background and Testing will be offered a FINAL offer of hire and will be accepted into the Academy Training Recruit Class.



  • Competitive salary - During training over $56,000. After training over, $66,000.
  • Excellent pension plan - (Mandatory retirement at 55, the option to retire at 20 years, further details are available upon request or should be referred to the Pension Office and/or their website)
  • 12-hour shifts with option of standby status for court.
  • State-share health insurance.
  • Division-issued equipment and uniforms, with dry cleaning delivered to the troop.
  • Liberal vacation and sick leave.
  • College tuition assistance.
  • Take-home car with state-of-the-art information technology after 18 months.
  • Deferred Compensation/Investment Plan.
  • Tax-deferred medical/child care program.
  • Blood Bank membership.
  • Eligible membership for employee's credit union.

Additional Information

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found at