My question is, How selective is the NH state police? Aside from the written, background, psych, agility, and poly. I'm very confident I will pass the background, psych, agility, poly, and hopefully written (I have not seen it yet). However, in terms of experience, as I was not in the military, have not been a police officer, and am fairly young (mid twenties), is my best option to obtain experience as a full time police officer otherwise and than attempt to go through the selection process for the NH state police? I have heard that the NH state police tend to be "MUCH" more picky than most town/city departments in NH. True? Also, I've tried to find how many troopers have been through recent academies, how many do they usually hire each year? Just earned my bachelor's degree in criminal justice, which I know doesn't get me a job right out the gate. I understand I have quite a lot of work ahead of me, and am doing my best be a good candidate for a NH department. I have had a much easier time finding a NH department that will allow me through their selection process than I have in MA. Seems like the majority of MA departments rely on the civil service which I will be taking as soon as their exam posts. Unlike in NH, where NH doesn't have a civil service. Aside from that, there is some reserve academies offered in MA. I personally can't take the financial risk of paying for the reserve academy which 1) doesn't guarantee me a job at the end of it & 2) will cost me thousands (which I understand isn't a big deal in the scheme of things) but 20 minutes away in NH I can hopefully complete the selection process and become part time certified in NH at no cost but my time and the exam fee.