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Becoming a Louisiana State Trooper
The decision to become a Louisiana State Trooper is the decision to embark on a career, a new and exciting way of life of dedicated service to the citizens of this state, where no two days are exactly alike. As a member of this elite department, you will have unique opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis. You will be continuously called upon to uphold the rich traditions of the officers of this Department who have preceded you in vigilantly protecting the citizens of Louisiana.

Becoming a Louisiana State Trooper is a long, arduous process. Only a small number who apply are ultimately accepted after successfully passing a written exam, an oral interview, and an in-depth background check. The State Police Academy is the starting point for all new Troopers.

State Police Applicant Process
Step 1: Entrance Exam

The entrance test is a pass/fail exam. Results are mailed within 4-6 weeks after the exam. Once an applicant has passed the written exam, the applicant is advised by the State Police Commission that the next phase of the process will be handled by the Office of State Police. If an applicant fails the written test, re-application can be made by sending a letter to the State Police Commission requesting to be scheduled for another test date.

Step 2: Availability/Personal Data Questionnaire Packet

After passing the written test, and when the department schedules an academy class, applicants are mailed a packet, including an Availability/ Personal Data Questionnaire to be returned within two weeks.

Step 3: Background Investigation and Polygraph

A background investigation will be conducted of all applicants who turn in the Availability/Personal Data Questionnaire packets. While the backgrounds are being conducted, a polygraphist will contact each applicant to schedule a polygraph exam. This process can take several months for completion, depending on when an academy class is scheduled.

Step 4: Oral Interview

Applicants will receive a letter informing them of their scheduled date for appearance before an oral interview board.

Step 5: Selection of Candidates

Upon completion of the applicant process, applicant information will be assembled in a candidates' pool. This information will be reviewed for available positions by members of the selection board. Candidates will then be selected in a nondiscriminatory manner.

Step 6: Conditional Offer of Employment

All selected candidates will receive a letter for Conditional Offer of Employment. If a candidate accepts the offer, he/she must sign and return the letter before a specified deadline.

Step 7: Medical Examination, Drug Test and Psychological Evaluation

Upon acceptance of the Conditional Offer of Employment, candidates are required to report for a medical exam, drug test and a psychological evaluation by a licensed, contracted physician on our staff.

Step 8: Final Offer of Employment

After passing the medical exam, drug test and psychological evaluation, candidates will receive a letter for a Final Offer of Employment. They will be required to sign and return the letter before a specified deadline.

Step 9: Start of Academy

All candidates who accept the Final Offer of Employment will receive information regarding the Academy reporting date and time as well as a list of required items to bring with them.

* The entire Applicant Process can take approximately 9-12 months or longer, depending on budget issues and when the Academy Class is scheduled to begin.

* If the applicant is not selected for hire, they may submit a letter to the Louisiana State Police Commission (P.O. Box 66555, Baton Rouge, La 70896-6555), requesting that their name be placed back on the eligibility list.

Louisiana State Police Recruiters can be contacted at:
Louisiana State Police
Recruiting Section
7919 Independence Blvd. #A-24
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
1-800-422-0717 (phone)
(225) 925-3717 (fax)
[email protected]

Sgt. Charron Leachman
(225) 925-6883
TFC Chavez Cammon
(225) 925-3917
TFC Chris Eskew
(225) 925-6884

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event Location
01/14/05 10 am - 12 pm How To Succeed Seminar LSP Training Academy Auditorium, Baton Rouge
01/21/05 10 am - 12 pm How To Succeed Seminar LSP Training Academy Auditorium, Baton Rouge
01/25/05 8 am - 2 pm Ascension Career Connections Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales
All Day
Job Shadow Event
Rescheduled for 02/22/05 LSP Headquarters

02/15/05 8 am - 2 pm Louisiana State University
Job Fair Baton Rouge
02/22/05 All Day Job Shadow Event LSP Headquarters,
Baton Rouge
02/25/05 8 am - 2 pm University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Lafayette
02/28/05 10 am - 2 pm McNeese State University Lake Charles

State Police Training Academy
Academy Information

Academy Life

Be a United States Citizen.

Have a minimum of
60 hours credit from an accredited college or university OR
Four years full time law enforcement experience (P.O.S.T. certified) OR
A combination of the two (30 hours college credit and three years law enforcement experience) OR
Three years active military (all M.O.S. qualify)

Be of good moral character.

Pass a written examination with a competitive score.

Undergo a physical agility evaluation, including a drug screen.

Pass an extensive background investigation, including a polygraph examination.

Pass an oral interview.

Pass a thorough medical examination.

Possess a valid Louisiana driver's license at time of selection.

Successfully complete the required State Police Training Academy program.
If you are interested in becoming a DPS Police Officer, click here for more information.

Beginning salary of $2608 per month while attending the Academy

After one year, a salary of $3050 per month

Monthly expense account for uniform maintenance and footwear purchases

Uniforms, weapons, and equipment are provided by the Department.

Individually assigned patrol cars, including off-duty use

Excellent medical and retirement benefits

Vacation and sick leave accrued at an hourly rate

A portion of the total cost of group life and health insurance is paid by the state.

Time and one half overtime is available.

Troopers belonging to a reserve component of the armed forces and placed on active military duty are granted up to 15 days Leave With Pay per year and are entitled to leave without pay should longer periods of active duty be necessary.

Retirement Benefits
The Department offers an excellent retirement package for its employees based on maximum salary, age of employee, and years of service.

Retirement credit is earned at 3 1/3% per year of service:
* 66.6% of regular salary with 20 years of service after age 50
* 99.9% of regular salary with 30 years of service after age 50

Application and Candidate Preparation Manual
We are an equal opportunity employer.

You may download an application to apply to become a Louisiana State Trooper.

Cadet Employment Application

Candidate Preparation Manual

To view or print the application or prep manual you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. To download the free software click on the button below:

If you need more information, please contact a recruiter or the

Louisiana State Police Commission
PO Box 66555
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
(225) 925-7057.
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