What Does it Take to Become a State Trooper?
Looking for a job focused on the greater good? Are you hardworking, dedicated individual who’s up for a challenge and always willingly available to give assistance to those in need? Does fighting crime across the state peak your interest? If any of these statements appeal to you, you may be interested in learning more about how to become a state trooper.
Requirements: When applying you must be at least 21 years old, on or before the date on which you take your Entry-Level Law Enforcement Exam and you must be a resident of Michigan, although Michigan residency is not required to apply. A high school diploma or G.E.D. is required, although a college degree is highly recommended. Applicants cannot have any felony convictions or be a suspect in a case where there is reasonable belief that they committed a crime. Along with a valid Michigan driver’s license, maintaining a driving record free of suspension, revocation and moving violations 2 years prior to taking the Entry-Level Law Enforcement Exam is also required. Applicants must also pass the minimum standards on hearing requirements and visual acuity.
Training: To become a trooper, enrollment in academy sessions are necessary. A recruit’s life in the police academy has been compared to military boot camp. The academy’s goal is to build a foundation for a successful career. This involves classroom instruction that focuses on constitutional law and civil rights, state laws, accident investigation and local regulations. Besides in classroom learning, trainees are involved in demanding physical training and hands-on learning such as first aid, using firearms, water safety, defensive and patrol tactics.
Duties: State troopers have a variety of duties to complete within their job. Troopers patrol highways statewide, having the ability to cross county boundaries, to enforce motor vehicle laws and regulations. They use their power to arrest and warn individuals who are not following these laws. State troopers also have several important responsibilities in times of emergency, directing traffic, organizing first aid to get to the scene and writing reports to help establish the cause of these situations are all a part of their duties.
Salary: In Michigan, while in training, recruits receive a bi-weekly salary of approximately $1,500. The starting salary for an actual trooper position is approximately $41,000 and after six years of service, troopers receive a longevity pay which is provided once a year based on how long you’ve served. The maximum salary for a trooper position is approximately $62,000 at 20 years of service. For more information on the salary and benefits of a state trooper you can visit the Michigan State Police website.
How to apply to become a Michigan State Trooper
This career path is primarily based on a Michigan State Trooper. Criteria for becoming a State Trooper may differ in other states. Please refer to that state’s specific criteria.Return to Careers and Jobs