October 15, 2012

The Georgia State Patrol will be hosting a series of career fairs over the next several weeks as recruiting continues for upcoming trooper schools.  Recruiters will be on hand in Cartersville, Newnan, Monroe, and Gainesville as the Department of Public Safety is seeking qualified candidates for their 93rd GSP Trooper School that begins in January.

Career fairs will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at:

Friday, October 19
Clarence Brown Conference Center
Georgia Highway 20

Friday, November 2 
Georgia State Patrol Post
517 Turkey Creek Road

Friday, November 9
Georgia State Patrol Post
2000 Cleveland Highway

Friday, November 16
Georgia State Patrol Post
317 Georgia Highway 11 South


Successful candidates must be a U.S. citizen, possess a diploma from an accredited high school or G.E.D, and must be 21 years old upon graduation from Trooper School.  Applicants must also successfully pass the pre-employment process which includes the background investigation and polygraph, oral interview, physical fitness test, psychological and medical evaluations, and meet other requirements for certification as a peace officer set by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.).

The annual minimum salary while in Trooper School is $34,038 and increases to $35,741 annually upon Trooper School graduation.

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

(1 repetition) 67% of body weight

Push Ups

(#) 21

Sit Ups

(#) 30 in one minute


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 far 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.

For more information on becoming a Georgia State Trooper, visit the Employment Opportunities Section at .

The Department of Public Safety is an Equal Opportunity Employer.