How To Become A State Trooper

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The Kentucky State Police is currently accepting Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP) applications.

Minimum Requirements for LEAP Class Applicants

KRS 16.040 (2) requires that all persons appointed as officers shall, at the time of their appointment, be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Of good moral character and in good health.
  • Not less than twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Possess a valid driver's license against which no more than six (6) driver demerit points have been assessed. You must submit a copy of a valid driver's license at time of application,
  • Three (3) years experience as a Kentucky Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) certified police officer with a Kentucky law enforcement agency / agencies as of March 1, 2017.
  • Be currently working for a Kentucky Law Enforcement Agency or not have been separated or retired from Agency for more than twelve (12) months.

LEAP Application Process

  1. Completion of application packet.
  2. Receive endorsement from Sworn KSP Trooper - recommendation form included in application packet.
  3. Post Commander's interview - once your application packet is complete, it must be turned into your local post. At that time you will schedule an interview with the Post Commander. Interview must be completed by September 30, 2016.
  4. Pass a written examination with a minimum score of 70% or higher.
  5. Successfully pass Physical Standards Test.
  6. Score sufficiently on oral interview.
  7. Pass a background investigation that includes a polygraph examination.
  8. Pass a medical and psychological examination.

Disqualifications on becoming a KSP Trooper

Applicants shall be disqualified from further participation in the selection process or removed from the register if it is determined that:

  • An applicant does not meet any one (1) of the qualifications for appointment as an officer.
  • An applicant has made a false statement of material fact on the application or in response to any questions or requests for information during the selection process.
  • An applicant has used or attempted to use political influence, coercion or bribery to secure an advantage in any phase of the selection process.
  • An applicant has cheated during the course of any examination required during the selection process, or has attempted to gain an advantage over other applicants by any dishonest or intentionally misleading act or omission.
  • An applicant has failed to comply with any instructions from the department relating to the selection process.
  • An applicant has been dismissed for cause from any public agency, or has resigned while charges of misconduct were pending.
  • An applicant has been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude.
  • An applicant is a current user of a controlled substance, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • An applicant is addicted to any controlled substance or intoxicant.
  • An applicant has more than six (6) driver demerit points against his operator license.
  • An applicant test positive for an unlawful controlled substance as determined by a blood or urine analysis.
  • An applicant has tattoos that can be seen when the applicant wears a Kentucky State Police summer uniform shirt, which the Kentucky State Police will make available for the applicant to try on when the applicant takes the written examination.


Agency policy requires that tattoos or body piercing shall not be visible while in any agency issued uniform.

Tentative Application Process Schedule:

Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2016

Written/Physical Exam: October 2016, multiple testing dates to be determined

Background Investigations: December 2016

Academy Start (11 weeks): Spring 2017, exact date to be determined


Cadet troopers will receive $2,870.16 per month during academy training. Upon graduation this salary will increase to $3,157.25 monthly ($37,887 annually). Troopers also receive a $4,000.00 per year Training Stipend (effective August 1, 2016) and $7.00 per day worked for Uniform Maintenance.


  • All equipment provided including uniforms, take home vehicle, weapons, etc.
  • Basic life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance of $20,000 free of charge.
  • 11.5 paid holidays per year (12.5 days in years there is a presidential election).
  • Starting vacation leave at one day earned per month for the first five years and accrual rate increases every five years.
  • 1 sick day per month accrued with no maximum.
  • Paid military leave (21 days per year) for Reserve or National Guard active duty.
  • Participation in a pension plan administered by the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) of the Kentucky Retirement Systems.
  • Several health care plans are available for employees and family members. For more information, visit the Kentucky Employees Health Plan website at
  • Eligibility to participate in the Kentucky Public Employees' Deferred Compensation plan.
  • Eligibility for membership in the Kentucky Employees Credit Union (KECU) and Commonwealth Credit Union (CCU).

Cadet Application

To download a Kentucky State Police Cadet Application, click here.

The Kentucky State Police is the leading law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Becoming a sworn officer in the Kentucky State Police is much more than just a job.  And the benefits extend well beyond those of ordinary professions.

As a Kentucky State Police Trooper, you'll be in a position that offers almost immeasurable rewards in the pursuit of service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

For additional information see our frequently asked questions (FAQ's).

Click here to go to the Leap FAQ Page

Questions ? Call the Recruitment Branch at (502) 782-1861 or Toll-Free at 1-866-360-3165 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM).

The Kentucky State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.

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