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State Trooper


Recruitment #23-TROOPR-101


The mission statement of the Delaware State Police is to enhance the quality of life for all Delaware citizens and visitors by providing professional, competent, and compassionate law enforcement services.  The Delaware State Police is a progressive agency that is rich in tradition.

The Delaware State Police is currently accepting applications for the 101st Delaware State Police Academy Class, which is anticipated to begin the DSP Academy in the Fall of 2023

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.

Training Academy

The Delaware State Police Training Academy is located in Dover, DE, the Capital of Delaware, and has long been recognized as a leader in the field of training recruits and in-service personnel.

Recruits reside full-time (with weekends off) at the training facility for approximately 22 weeks of intensive and comprehensive police training.  Studies involve a wide variety of topics including tactics, laws of arrest, criminal procedures, search and seizure, emergency vehicle operations, first aid, verbal judo, computer science, firearms proficiency, (O.C.) spray, as well as incapacitation from an electronic control device (Taser).

Upon successful completion of the live-in academy, the Recruit Trooper is assigned to one or more troop locations for an additional 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers.

Applicants must now obtain Delaware residency and a Delaware driver's license prior to their Field Training assignment.  


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 accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship.  If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Lt. Daniel DeFlaviis, Assistant Director of Human Resources at (302) 672-5481 or via email  To request an auxiliary aid or service, please call (302) 739-5458.  TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service number (800) 232-5460 for assistance.

Recruiting Events & Dates

The Delaware State Police will conducting their first round of written and PT testing in early January 2023 for the 101st Recruit Class (Fall 2023),

Anyone interested in participating in this test is asked to submit an application as soon as possible, so that their application can be processed in a timely manner.  

Applications can be found on our website

For the most up to date information regarding our recruiting events, please refer to the calendar on our web page

How to Succeed in the Hiring Process Seminars

The Delaware State Police will be hosting a

How To Succeed in the Hiring Process Seminar

When:  Saturday, January 7, 2023

Where:  Delaware State Police Museum

      1425 North DuPont Highway

      Dover, DE 19901

Time:  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Please email to reserve your seat

Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis, so please reserve your seat as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact our recruiting section at 302.739.5980

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

Trooper Recruiters

Full Time Recruiting Unit

Sergeant Jayson Jeffers


Phone:  302-672-5410

Master Corporal Kristin Carroll


Phone:  302-739-5980

Senior Corporal Adam Jewell


Phone:  302-739-5980

Applicants in a Current Hiring Process

Any applicant currently active or has a question regarding the applicant process itself, is asked to contact;

Mrs. Cynthia Konnick
Human Resources Associate
Phone:  302-739-7846 


  • The Physician's Authorization form is required at the physical fitness test.  It is not to be submitted with the application.  This can be found on our website under the Important Documents section.  

  • Applicants can use the PT Log to keep track of their scores to help prepare for our PT test.  This will assist applicants to prepare for the PT test and to meet our minimum standards.
  • All release of information requests can be faxed to 302-739-5982.  Attention: Recruiting
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  • Competitive salary - During training over $48,000. After training over, $57,000.
  • 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.

Selection Plan

The selection process for the position of Trooper includes the following:

  1. Written Examination
  2. Physical Fitness Test
  3. Pass 2 (CQ) Completion
  4. Oral Board Interview
  5. Polygraph Examination
  6. Background Investigation
  7. Executive Staff Review
  8. Medical Background to Include Medical Tests
  9. Final Offer of Hire
The Written Examination consists of the following three multiple-choice instruments
  1. Written Test; measures cognitive abilities in the areas of memorization, visualization, reasoning, spatial orientation, written expression, written comprehension, problem sensitivity and information ordering.
  2. Work Styles Inventory; measures motivational value-related and attitude characteristics
  3. Life Experience Survey; measures past history and experience

The Physical Fitness Examination evaluates applicants on the following:
  • Aerobic Capacity: 1.5 Mile Run
  • Strength: Push-ups (as many as possible in one minute)
  • Endurance: Sit-ups (as many as possible in one minute)
See the important Documents section for DSP PT Minimum Requirements and for the required format of each exercise.

The Oral Board Interview measures the ability to communicate information or ideas to other people in the areas of comprehension and reasoning , oral expression, interpersonal interactions, decision-making and initiating action.

The Polygraph Interview focuses on the areas of criminal activity, drug usage, employment history, financial decision-making and driving history.

The Background Investigation includes another in-depth interview with the candidate, as well as multiple interviews with the candidate's family, friends, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, acquaintances, etc.  The investigator will also verify the candidate's education, employment, military, financial, criminal and traffic history.

A Conditional Offer of Employment to selected applicants will be contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive medical examination:
  1. Eye Examination
  2. Psychological Examination
  3. Medical Testing
  4. Physical fitness Assessment

Additional Information

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

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.