Trooper - Georgia State Patrol

December 11, 2012

Be a part of an elite group of men and women who serves, protects, and defends the people of the State of Georgia, while preserving the rights and dignity of all. We’re looking for the best and the brightest, who can handle a never ending variety of situations and people. You will receive the very best technical, physical, and law enforcement training while gaining skills that will put you at the top of your game. We invest thousands of dollars in your training that consistently result in competence, capability, professionalism and confidence building.  As a Georgia State Trooper you will find a challenging career, providing assistance to citizens, insuring traffic safety, and promoting peace and order throughout the state. Come join us and experience the greatest camaraderie and teamwork in a unique environment that delivers law enforcement at the highest possible standard!

Annual Salary Minimum:

$32,418 (until the start of Trooper School)
$34,038 (while in Trooper School)
$35,741 (upon Trooper School graduation)

Duties & Responsibilities: Under close supervision, patrols highways and roads to enforce traffic and criminal laws. Investigates traffic crashes and provides assistance to motorists. Assists other law enforcement agencies in enforcing traffic and criminal laws, and ensuring safety of the general population. Participates in criminal prosecution. DPS offers a number of opportunities for specialized assignments for Troopers throughout their career.

Minimum Training & Experience: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, possess a diploma from an accredited high school or G.E.D, be available for "statewide" assignment and must be 21 years old upon graduation from Trooper School.

Completion of the background investigation and polygraph (click here to view the employment disqualifiers), oral interview, psychological evaluation, physical fitness evaluation, medical evaluation, and meet other requirements for certification as a peace officer set forth by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.).

Physical Fitness Standards: The Physical Fitness Program is an evaluation based on the recommendation of the Cooper's Institute in terms of absolute standards (same job = same standard). These standards are reflective of the minimum fitness level an individual must possess to perform their job regardless of their age or gender. The following events will comprise the assessment:

Event Minimum Standard
300 Meter Sprint 90 seconds or faster
Bench Press 67% of body weight, 1 repetition using free weights
Push Ups 21 repetitions, no time limit, only hands and feet touch the ground (rest in up position)
Sit Ups 30 repetitions, one minute time limit, with the hands placed by the sides of the head, over the ears.

Please note that these are the minimum standards for consideration for employment. The Trooper School cadets will be required to be at a much higher level of fitness which includes long distance running for cardiovascular endurance. It is highly suggested that applicants implement physical training programs that will prepare them to well exceed the minimum requirements listed above.

Medical Standards: Minimum vision of 20/60 uncorrected in each eye, and corrected to 20/40 or better in both eyes with glasses or contact lenses. Additional medical standards must be met prior to final offer of employment.

Preferred Qualifications: Ninety quarter hours or the semester equivalent from an accredited college or university, (OR) Five years experience as a certified law enforcement officer, (OR) two years of experience as a Police Corporal, GSP Dispatcher or Trooper Cadet with the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Directions on applying for the Trooper position:

To apply for this position, you must submit a State Employment Application to the Human Resources Division:

Download, complete and mail the State of Georgia application for employment list job code (17706).

Mail to:
Department of Public Safety
Human Resources Division
P.O. Box 1456
Atlanta, GA 30371
Fax: 404-624-7546

For more information about this job contact:

Human Resources Division

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