Georgia State Patrol - Trooper

Trooper (17706)

Requisition Number: 466-17706ae
County of Vacancy: Statewide
Functional Area: Public Safety/Corrections/Investigations

Recruitment Period: On-Going
Retest Code: 0
Screening Type: Scored Evaluation

Annual Salary Minimum: 

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

Annual Salary Maximum: N/A

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 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 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:


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, hands interlocked behind the head (rest in up position only)

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 in the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Directions on applying for the Trooper position:

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

Please mail all applications to:

Department of Public Safety
Human Resources Division
PO Box 1456
Atlanta, GA 30371
or fax: 404-624-7546


For more information about this job contact:

Human Resources Division