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On November 22, 1937, the Nebraska "Safety Patrol" began operating as Nebraska's state law enforcement agency. Ever since then, the State Patrol has been an integral part of Nebraska's law enforcement network. Started primarily for motor vehicle law enforcement, today's Nebraska State Patrol has duties and responsibilities of a modern police agency. Since the beginning our motto has been "pro bono publico" - for the good of the public. We're proud, and we feel we've earned the right to be proud.

The Nebraska State Patrol maintains its state headquarters in the capital city of Lincoln. Troop area headquarters are located in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, Grand Island, North Platte and Scottsbluff. These troop headquarters, augmented by many other troop stations throughout the state, provide personnel to give the citizens of Nebraska appropriate services including:

Patrol (Traffic) Enforcement
Carrier Enforcement
Criminal Investigation
Training Academy
Executive Protection
Crime Laboratory
Air Wing Enforcement
Drug Control
Liquor Law Enforcement

(As of July 1, 2005) During camp, the beginning salary for a recruit is $2,205.85 per month during training camp, and increases to $33,336 annually after graduation. Other benefits include:

Paid vacation
Paid sick leave
Flex spending accounts
Eleven paid holidays per year
Overtime compensation
Furnished uniforms and equipment
Transportation provided for on-duty business
Medical Insurance
Life Insurance
Retirement Program
Employee Assistance Program


Must be 21 years of age on or before the oath of office
Must be a U.S. citizen
Must have high school diploma or GED equivalence
Must have distant visual acuity in each eye, with or without corrective lenses
Must have high moral standards
Driving record and/or serious or frequent traffic offenses may be cause for rejection
Criminal activity that causes immediate disqualification:
Conviction of a felony offense
Conviction of a certain misdemeanors
Use or sale of illicit drugs within the last three years
Use of marijuana within the last year
Additional points are earned in the selection process for college education, military service, and law enforcement experience

Trooper are either assigned to the Carrier Enforcement Division or the Patrol (Traffic) Division.

Carrier Enforcement duties are to enforce the laws and regulations pertaining to motor carriers (heavy trucks and buses) including roadside truck inspections and to check for the misuse of dyed fuel in motor vehicles.

Patrol duties include working with communities to improve public safety, enforce traffic and drug laws and investigate crimes.

After two years of service, Troopers may apply for work in other areas such as:

Drug Interdiction
S.W.A.T. Team
Accident Reconstruction
Executive Protection
Capitol Security
Police Service Dogs
Bomb Technician
Air Wing Enforcement
Training Academy
Liquor/Tobacco Enforcement
Hazardous Materials Response

There is normally a recruitment and selection process once each year. The selection process takes approximately 8 months. Applications become available in October or November, and training camp begins in August of the next year. The following components make up the Nebraska State Patrol's selection process:

Application Request & Submittal
Written Testing (Test of Adult Basic Education and Police Selection Test)
Oral Interview
Background Investigation
Conditional Offer of Employment
Polygraph Examination and Written Psychological Testing
Medical Examination
Physical Fitness Test
Psychological Assessment
Final Offer of Employment
Training Academy

Applicants selected for the Training Academy are paid employees of the Nebraska State Patrol. The Academy is located in Grand Island and is an in-residence program that lasts approximately six months. Class room and simulated instruction are provided about the procedures, powers, and responsibilities of law enforcement officers. Upon successful completion of training, recruits begin a six month field training program. Duty stations are assigned based on existing vacancies.

If you would like to add your name to the database used for notification of the next application/selection process, or you have additional questions, please call our recruitment coordinator at:


or send an e-mail to [email protected]
with your name, address and phone number.
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