Pennsylvania State Police Refine Cadet Eligibility Requirements

December 19, 2013
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The Pennsylvania State Police say they are revising the list of eligibility requirements for new cadets, effective immediately, to try and bring in more candidates with military experience and those who have worked full-time in other aspects of law enforcement.

PSP Commissioner Frank Noonan says many prospective candidates have been eliminated because of the force’s requirement that cadets carry at least 60 semester credit hours from an accredited institution of higher learning.  That sixty-hour requirement will now be waived for applicants with at least four full years of active military duty with an honorable discharge or at least four full years of any law enforcement experience that has included the powers of arrest.  Thirty semester credit hours would be waived for applicants with at least two full years of such experience.

Otherwise, applicants must also possess a valid driver’s license from any state upon appointment as a cadet, be a Pennsylvania resident and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license at the time of graduation, be at least 20 years old on the date the application is completed, and be between 21 and 40 years old on the date of appointment as a cadet.

Those selected as a result of a written and oral examination process must successfully complete a physical fitness test, a polygraph test, a background investigation and medical and psychological evaluations before appointment as a cadet.  And, cadets must complete an intense 27-week State Police training course before they can become state troopers.

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