Harrisburg, December 22, 2015 –– State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today said people only have until December 31 to apply for a job with the Pennsylvania State Police.

“Becoming a state police trooper is a great opportunity for women and men interested in law enforcement careers,” Boscola said. “ Those who graduate from the state police academy in Hershey receive a starting salary of nearly $60,000.”

Boscola said people can find information on a state police career, obtain an application and apply on-line at www.patrooper.com. Those who make it past the application stage will be invited to take a written examination in February.

Following the written examination, successful candidates take an oral examination. A candidate’s final overall score is based on both the written and oral examinations. Those who successfully emerge from the examination process must pass a physical fitness test, polygraph test, background investigation and medical and psychological evaluations before being appointed as a cadet.

Cadets must also complete an intense 27-week training course before they become troopers.

To apply, applicants must:

Be at least 20-years-old when they apply; and be between 21 and 40 by the date they become a state police cadet.

Have a high school diploma or a GED certificate, plus an associate’’ s degree or 60 semester credit hours at an accredited institution of higher education at the time of application. Certain waivers to the education requirement are available.

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