What are the requirements in order to apply to become a Kentucky State Police Trooper?
State law requires that all persons appointed as officers shall, at the time of 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.
- At the time of application, possess a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and three years of full-time work experience, or sixty (60) semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university, or be a high school graduate with at least two (2) years of active military duty or two (2) years of experience as a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer.
Is there an age limit for applying?
There is not an age limit provided you can pass the physical test and be approved by an examining physician following the physical examination.
Do I have to be a resident of Kentucky to apply to KSP?
No, applicants do not need to be a Kentucky resident. However, they must become a Kentucky resident by the time they graduate the academy.
Where do I get an application and what do I do with it when it is completed?
The application form is on the Kentucky State Police website at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/recruitment/. You may download the application, print and sign it and have it notarized and mail it, along with the required documents, to KSP Headquarters, Recruitment Branch, 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601.
What are the required documents that I need to submit to apply?
- Signed and notarized cadet application
- Government issue Birth Certificate (copy). *Hospital copies and/or birth announcements will not be accepted.
- Operator’s License (copy)
- High School transcript or GED Score sheet (must be official version and not a copy)
- College transcript if qualification is based on 60 semester hours of college.
- Form DD214 if qualification is based on having 2 years of active military experience.
What if I cannot find my high school transcript and the school does not keep copies of the diploma?
You may request a copy of your high school transcript from the school from which you graduated. The transcript should include the graduation date.
What if I’m not able to find my birth certificate?
You may contact the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics for information on obtaining a birth certificate. The website address is https://www.vitalchek.com/birth-certificates/kentucky/kentucky-office-of-vital-statistics
I am not 21 years of age, but will be soon. Can I still apply?
Yes, provided you will be 21 years of age by the time you graduate the academy. The 2020 class is tentatively scheduled to graduate in October of 2020.
Is there an age limit to apply?
No, as long as you can pass both the physical test and a physical examination, you are eligible to apply.
I am currently enrolled in college, but I don’t have 60 semester hours yet. Can I still apply?
Yes, provided you will complete 60 semester hours by the end of the 2019 fall semester. Include a transcript that shows your current hours completed with your application and include a note indicating how many semester hours you will be enrolled in the fall 2018 semester.
When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline for receiving applications is November 2019.
How soon will I hear something after I apply?
Once your application is received and it has been determined you meet the minimum requirements, you will be contacted via email within a couple of weeks and provided information on upcoming testing dates and next steps in the selection process.
I sent my application packet in a few weeks ago and haven’t heard anything.
Be sure to monitor you email and check your ‘junk/spam’ folder. Because we send emails to large groups of recipients, some internet providers recognize the emails as spam or junk mail.
Can you tell me about the steps in the selection process?
The KSP selection process takes six to eight months to complete. Steps in the selection process include:
- Submission of a complete KSP application.
- Aptitude exam and physical test.
- Oral interview
- Polygraph examination
- Background investigation
- Psychological test and interview
- Physical examination by physician
I have a tattoo; will these disqualify me from the application process?
It depends on the location of the tattoo. According to KSP policy, candidates cannot have tattoos or body piercings visible while wearing an agency uniform. The uniform that exposes the most skin is the summer uniform, which is a short sleeve shirt and long pants. Tattoos that are below the midpoint of the upper arm are usually visible in the uniform shirt and may be grounds for disqualification. The nature of the tattoo is insignificant regarding the enforcement of this policy. Other areas of concern would include the neck, head and hands. Typically, agency uniforms cover most other areas. All candidates with tattoos in these areas will be screened by agency personnel prior to the aptitude exam. There are no waivers to this policy.
I am willing to go through the process to have a visible tattoo removed. Does my tattoo have to be removed before I can apply?
No, as long as any visible tattoos are removed before the academy start date, you will be allowed to begin the selection process.
What is the aptitude test? Did that replace the old written test?
KSP is now using a new test which replaces the former written exam. The aptitude test is a proctored exam, given on a computer and is part of the Kentucky Career Readiness Certificate program. The test measures three core employability skills: reading, mathematics and locating information.
How is the test scored?
To be eligible to continue in the selection process, you must achieve a Gold certificate level in all three skill areas.
Is there a study guide to help me prepare?
Yes. As an aide to help you prepare for the test and to give you a better chance of succeeding, it is highly recommended that you complete online study courseware before you attend a test session. If you take the placement test in the study courseware to level 5, for each of the sections, you should be able to pass the proctored assessment with a Gold Level.
How do i get access to the study courseware?
Once your application has been received and processed, you will be given a link, User ID and password to the Career Readiness website with instructions.
What do I have to do to take the test?
You must meet the minimum requirements and submit your application no later than the announced deadline.
What do I have to do to take the test?When and where will the aptitude test be given?
The written test will be given at several regional locations in the state and also in Frankfort, Kentucky.
May I retake the test if I do not pass it?
If you do not achieve a Gold certificate in all three skill sections, you may retake the sections in which you achieved less than Gold provided there are remaining test dates scheduled. If there are no remaining test dates available, you are eliminated from the process and would need to reapply to future classes if interested.
What does the physical test involve?
The physical test phase consists of five individual events designed to determine whether the applicant is able to perform the minimum physical standards required of a KSP Trooper. Click here to view the physical fitness info
If I do not pass the physical test, may I retake it?
As with the aptitude test, you may retake the physical test one time, no less than 30 days after the first attempt as long as there are additional scheduled tests available.
When will the next cadet class start?
The next cadet class is tentatively scheduled to start in May 17, 2020, though the specific start date is subject to change.
Where is the cadet academy and how long is it?
The KSP Academy, often referred to as “paramilitary” training, is located in Frankfort, Kentucky and the length of the training is 24 weeks. Cadets report to the academy on Sundays and are in training and reside at the academy each week until they are dismissed on Fridays.
What can I do to prepare for the academy?
Applicants must take the opportunity to prepare themselves and be in good physical condition prior to reporting to the Academy. We encourage you to visit the website The Thin Gray Line CrossFit, the official CrossFit affiliate of the Kentucky State Police Academy. Our CrossFit affiliation is nonprofit, so there are no membership dues. All you have to do is follow our website for information, WODs (workout of the day), and more. We can currently only allow agency members to workout at our facilities (for insurance reasons), but no matter who you are, you are welcome to follow our website and test yourself with our fitness regimen.
Are cadets paid during the academy?
Yes, cadets become state employees when they report to the training academy. KSP provides a salary, lodging, meals and study materials for each cadet during academy training.
What is the starting pay of a cadet?
The starting pay is $2,977.92 per month during academy training. Upon graduation this salary increases to $3,223.56/month ($38,682.72 annually). Troopers also receive a $4,000 annual training stipend bringing the total annual compensation to $42,682.72. All uniforms, equipment and weapons are provided. Troopers are also afforded a take-home patrol car privilege.
How many positions are open for trooper at this time?
We can start up to 90 cadets in an academy.
Where will I be assigned when I graduate the Academy?
There is a need for troopers all over the state. After graduation you could be assigned to any of the 16 KSP Posts. Cadets choose their assignment based on their academic ranking in the class.
How soon can I transfer to another post or specialty assignment?
Each trooper must remain at his/her initial assignment for a minimum period of one (1) year before being eligible for a transfer to another Post Location. All Troopers work the road for three (3) years before being eligible for any specialty assignments.
How much are the health insurance premiums for state employees?
Several plans are available for state employees and their families. Visit the Kentucky Employee Health Plan website at https://personnel.ky.gov/Pages/healthinsurance.aspx for information on plan rates and coverage.
Is there a probationary period for cadets that graduate from the Academy?
Yes. Upon graduation from the Academy, Troopers shall be on probation for a period of one (1) year from the official date of graduation from the State Police Academy and may be dismissed from employment at any time during the probationary period, with or without cause.