Alaska State Trooper Recruit/State Trooper Lateral (12-SPRING2022B)

Alaska State Troopers - Anchorage, Alaska

Apr 29, 2019

Application Deadline:
Sep 30, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$34.98 - $45.27 hourly

Job Description

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Troopers work in a wide variety of law enforcement fields and are eventually able to request assignments that fit their personal interests. General areas of enforcement include rural law enforcement, highway law enforcement, near-urban patrol work and serious criminal investigations. The Alaska State Trooper/Alaska Wildlife Trooper position is among the most demanding of any law enforcement agency.

The mission of the Divisions of Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers is to preserve the peace, enforce the law, prevent and detect crime, protect life and property, and preserve Alaska's resources. The work that a Trooper performs within their community contributes to the safety of Alaska.

As an Alaska State Trooper/Alaska Wildlife Trooper, you will have a rewarding career and receive paid, high-caliber training and benefits at no expense to you while attending the academy. The diversity of available assignments and locations helps Troopers engage in a wide variety of career choices.

The Alaska State Troopers/Alaska Wildlife Troopers serve primarily as rural police officers. Alaska does not have counties, Sheriff's Offices or Deputies, requiring Troopers to provide complete law enforcement services for areas outside of the traditional "city limits" of most Alaska cities. Some Troopers choose to serve in very rural areas, where the only transportation is by air, river boat, snow machine or four wheeler. Some choose to remain on the road system, in semi-rural areas. While others choose to live in Southeast Alaska, where travel options include both air and ferry, and town sizes vary from under a thousand to over 35,000.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking qualified applicants to attend the DPS Training Academy beginning on February 27, 2022. Successful candidates will be appointed as an Alaska State Trooper Recruit of Alaska State Trooper, depending in their qualifications. All new employees to this job class receive high caliber training at no expense and will earn wages and benefits while attending the academy.

Additional Information

All non-lateral applicants must successfully pass the written test (Law Enforcement Officer Exam) through in order to move forward in the application. For more information on upcoming testing dates, and to register to take the test, go to After you register for the written test, study materials will be provided to you electronically. Additional study materials are available for purchase through Passing written test scores are valid for 15 months.

For applicants in Alaska, the written tests are scheduled as follows:

May 7, 2021- Anchorage, AK

May 14, 2021- Fairbanks, AK

May 29, 2021- Anchorage, AK

June 4, 2021- Anchorage, AK

June 18, 2021- Fairbanks, AK

July 2, 2021- Anchorage, AK

July 9, 2021 Fairbanks, AK

July 23, 2021- Soldotna, AK

July 23, 2021- Sitka, AK

July 24, 2021- Anchorage, AK

Applicants must register for these test dates in advance at

If you reside outside of Alaska and are interested in testing for the Alaska State Trooper, please visit to arrange for your exam to be proctored at a testing location near you. Please note it typically takes two weeks for Public Safety Testing to submit the required paperwork for the examination to your selected proctor.

You may download a guide to setting up a remote test here:

To meet lateral requirements and be exempt from the written test, you must have twelve months work experience as a police officer AND possession of an active police officer certificate issued by a jurisdiction outside the State of Alaska and recognized by the Alaska Police Standards Council. Although lateral applicants are not required to take the written test, you will need to contact the Recruitment Unit with copies of your police Certifications, training records, academy guide, etc. at 907-269-5976 or to receive the written test waiver.

Lateral applicants are encouraged to review the Department of Public Safety's website prior to continuing in this application process: http://dps.alaska.govAST/recruit/lateral.

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits

  • Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
    • The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.
      • AVTEC
      • Confidential
      • Correctional Officers
      • Marine Engineers
      • Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
      • Supervisory
      • Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
      • Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)
    • The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.
      • General Government
      • Labor, Trades and Crafts
      • Public Safety Employees Association
      • Masters, Mates & Pilots
  • Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)

Optional Insurance Benefits

  • Group-based insurance premiums for
    • Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
    • Long-term and short-term disability
    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
    • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
    • Supplemental Survivor Benefits
  • Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

Retirement Benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
  • Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
  • Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
  • Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
  • Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
  • Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options

See for additional information

Paid Leave & Other Benefits

  • Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
  • Eleven paid holidays a year
  • Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.

See for additional information

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High school diploma or GED
  • Experience: No law enforcement experience required. We will train you.

Minimum Qualifications

General Overview of Job Requirements
The following job qualifications are stated in general terms for purposes of this job posting only. Applicants will be evaluated based on Alaska Administrative Code 13 AAC 85: Minimum Standards for Police Officers as well as the Alaska Department of Public Safety Minimum Standards.

General Qualifications

  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the start of the academy.
  • Must be conversant in both spoken and written English.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or have passed a General Education Development (GED) test.
  • Not disqualified from any portion of a prior background investigation for this job class in the last twelve months.

Driving Record

  • Must possess a valid driver's license issued within the United States or its Territories.
  • Must be free of excessive moving violations and recent license actions (canceled, revoked, suspended, limited, or SR-22 requirement).

Drug Misconduct
Drug misconduct is closely scrutinized and recent drug use may be cause for elimination from the hiring process, including:

  • Marijuana use within the last year.
  • Use of illegal narcotics within the last ten years.
  • Manufacture/sale of illegal narcotics as an adult.
  • Drug misconduct while employed in a law enforcement position.
  • Prescription drug use without a prescription unless there was an immediate, pressing, or emergency medical circumstance to justify the use.

Criminal History
Adult criminal history is closely scrutinized and the following may be cause for elimination from the hiring process:

  • Conduct with sufficient evidence available for submission to the DA for prosecution (basically, probable cause).
  • Misdemeanor convictions within the last ten years.
  • Any conviction related to domestic violence.
  • Any criminal charges within last twelve months.
  • Has not been on court-ordered probation within three years of application date.

Professional Conduct
The below requirements pertain to incidents occurring on duty or off duty. While employed as a peace officer, fire marshal, correctional officer, Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO), Court Services Officer (CSO), military police officer, licensed security guard or officer, or similar position anywhere or in any jurisdiction (pertains to incidents occurring on duty or off duty). The applicant must be free of:

  • Misconduct (including misuse of official position or authority)
  • Perjury
  • Excessive use of force.
  • Dishonesty
  • Termination for cause or resignation under threat of discharge.
  • Police certification denied or revoked by the APSC or the equivalent licensing authority in another jurisdiction.

Same qualifications as STATE TROOPER RECRUIT (above) plus the following:

Currently employed in the Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper Recruit, at least six months experience as a State Trooper Recruit, satisfactory completion of Department of Public Safety Field Training and determined by the Executive Director of the Alaska Police Standards Council to be eligible to possess a police officer "Basic Certificate" issued by the Council.
Possession of, or eligible for reinstatement of, an active police officer certificate issued by the Alaska Police Standards Council;
Twelve months work experience as a police officer AND possession of an active police officer certificate issued by a jurisdiction outside the State of Alaska that is recognized by the Alaska Police Standards Council.

Contact Information

April Eichhorn

Alaska State Troopers
5700 E. Tudor Rd. Anchorage, AK
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
phone: 907-269-5976

How to Apply

All initial communication with applicants will be conducted via email. It is imperative that applicants provide a valid email address when applying and check email frequently during the application process. Applicants who have a change in email address during this application process must notify the Recruitment Unit immediately.

It is crucial that you are honest and provide accurate information in your job application, during all background phases, and in the final selection process. All information requested is mandatory. Anything less than full disclosure will eliminate you from further consideration for this recruitment and potentially future recruitment for this job class.

A thorough understanding of the following information is paramount to your ability to remain competitive in the application process. All instructions must be followed explicitly and all forms must be completed neatly and thoroughly.

Within five (5) business days after the submission of your job application, applicants who meet minimum qualifications, department requirements, and passed the written Law Enforcement Officer Exam with or met lateral qualifications, will receive an email message from As part of the hiring process, Alaska State Troopers conducts a thorough background investigation of all candidates using the web-based Guardian platform to securely collect all required information and documentation for your investigation within 21 days of receiving the link. All applicants will be required to utilize this on-line portal by first creating a log-in for the portal, then following the applicant instructions. Users will be required to use this on-line portal, and all necessary documents are required to be uploaded into this portal by the applicant. Users will need to use the Chrome web browser on a computer. No exceptions.

Applicants can expect to pay for airfare and lodging while in Anchorage for testing. This testing is scheduled for December 31, 2021 and January 3-12, 2022. (approximate dates).

All applicants who are contacted for an interview will be scheduled for the secondary physical agility testing prior to the interview. Passing the initial physical fitness test does not nullify an applicant taking the final in-person fitness test. Both the initial and final physical fitness test must be passed in order to interview for the position. For more information on the requirements for the physical agility testing, please visit the following website:

All applicants will need to travel to Anchorage, Alaska one time during the selection process to complete the following: physical agility testing, medical exam, oral psychological interview, polygraph, and oral board interview. Applicants can expect to pay for airfare and lodging while in Anchorage for testing. This testing is tentatively scheduled for December 31, 2021 and January 3-12, 2022.(approximate dates).

A cover letter is highly recommended for this position. The cover letter should outline your desire to become an Alaska State Trooper, as well as your special skills, education, training, and relevant experience. Please attach the cover letter to your profile in Guardian. Do not send it directly to the Recruitment Unit.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at the address above. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information

Should you encounter any issues accessing your account, or with the platform in general, please contact Guardian anytime via phone or email: (415) 655-2240 or e-mail

  • Alaska State Trooper Recruitment email address:
  • Alaska State Trooper Recruitment toll free phone number: 877-258-7667
  • Alaska State Trooper Recruitment fax number: 907-269-5751

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

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