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Commonwealth of PA
November 17, 2021
613 North Street, Harrisburg, PA
Job Type


State Police Cadet

$1,446.40 Biweekly
Multi-County, PA
Job Type
Non-Civil Service Permanent Full-time
Pennsylvania State Police
Job Number
2/1/2022 11:59 PM Eastern
Job Code
Position Number
Bargaining Unit
Pay Group
Contact Name
Specialized PSP Placement Section
Contact Email

*State Police Cadet description imageWe're looking for individuals who strive to succeed beyond the challenges of their surroundings!

If you connect with the above statement, take your first step toward experiencing this rewarding career!!

For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police Cadet position or to speak with a recruiter, please visit today!

Work Hours: TBD 40-hour work week
Shift: Rotating/irregular shifts including weekends and holidays

Upon successful completion of the training academy and promotion to the rank of State Police Trooper your salary will increase to Pay Scale Group SP01, Level SA ($64,637 annually as of July 1, 2021).   

Once you submit an application, if you meet all eligibility requirements, you will move on to the written examination portion.  You will receive additional information regarding scheduling your written examination at a later date.


At the end of the written examination testing period, PSP will review the results and provide candidates with additional information regarding their status.  If your written examination score qualifies you, you will be invited to the oral examination portion of the process.  Below are additional processes you will need to complete if your written and oral examination scores qualify you to be further processed.


Polygraph Examination

Background Investigation

Physical Readiness Testing

Medical Screening

Psychological Screening


Please keep in mind that PSP Cadet selection procedures and timeframes are subject to change at any time based upon the needs of the Department.


If you have questions related to the application or examination process, please contact the Public Safety Human Resource Delivery Center, Specialized PSP Placement Section by email at  For up to date information regarding the State Police Cadet testing cycles, visit this website: Pennsylvania State Police Cadet Testing Announcements.


Thank you for your interest in the Pennsylvania State Police Cadet position.



The Pennsylvania State Police Cadet is a trainee position in the field of law enforcement.  Upon successful completion of training, Cadets receive a promotion to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper.  You will receive approximately 28 weeks of training which includes but is not limited to:
  • Receiving training in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Motor Vehicle Code, and other related laws.
  • Participating in formal coursework and practical exercises to learn the principles and practices associated with search and seizure, on-scene vehicle collisions, officer safety, interpersonal relations, investigations, interviews, interrogations, report writing, case preparation and court testimony.
  • Participating in physical fitness activities, swimming and water safety courses, and the American Red Cross Emergency Response Course.
  • Receiving training in operating police vehicles.
  • Participating in formal coursework and practical exercises in the use of department firearms and the legal applications and restrictions of their use.
  • Receiving training in the use of specialized equipment and instruments including communications equipment, radar, breath test devices, body armor, and riot gear.
  • Receiving training in military courtesy, platoon formation, military drill, formal inspections, and related subjects.
  • Participating in maintaining the cleanliness and order of quarters, buildings, grounds, and equipment.
  • Performing related work as required.


MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  Applicants must possess a high school diploma or a G.E.D. Certificate plus an Associate's Degree or 60 semester credit hours in an accredited institution of higher education prior to appointment.  Only one waiver per candidate, as follows, is allowed:
  • Completion of 60 college credits at the time of appointment. Students who have successfully completed at least 30 college credits and anticipate the completion of at least 60 college credits at the time of hire may apply;
  • Four years of law enforcement experience that encompasses the powers of arrest under state and/or federal law;
  • Four years of active military duty with an honorable discharge;
  • An equivalent combination of experience and training.
• All positions require possession of a valid Pennsylvania non-commercial class C driver’s license or equivalent.
• Must be at least 20 years of age at the time of application.
• Must be at least 21 years of age and cannot have reached 40 years of age upon appointment.


All applicants must apply through NEOGOV.
***Please read supplemental questions and respond to them carefully.  Once you submit your responses, edits cannot be made.

You will receive all communication regarding this position via email.  Please check your email, including spam folders, for these notices.  You may also view notices sent to you by signing into your account on NEOGOV and viewing your profile in box. 

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce.  The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania.  The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law.  All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


Agency Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Address 613 North Street

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120

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