Alaska State Trooper Recruit/State Trooper Lateral
Alaska State Troopers - Anchorage
Apr 29, 2019
- Application Deadline:
- Apr 30, 2021
- Entry Level:
- $34.98 - $37.66 hourly
- Top Pay:
- $65.41 hourly
Entry Level Salary: $34.98 per hour ($72,768 annually)
Lateral Base Salary: $37.66 - $45.27 per hour ($78,324 - $94,152 annually)
10 Year Base Salary: $48.72 - $77.95 per hour ($101,340 - $162,144 annually, depending on location)
Additional earnings from specialty assignments, shift differential, and overtime not included in base salary numbers.
The Department of Public Safety is Alaska's primary law enforcement agency and are a "full service" state law enforcement agency, not a highway patrol. The department enforces criminal laws, traffic regulations, state fish and game regulations, and coordinates search and rescue operations throughout the state. The Department of Public Safety has two law enforcement divisions: the Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.
Alaska State Trooper Lateral pay ranges from $37.66 up to $45.27 an hour, depending on experience and education.
Current officers must have at least one year of experience from a full-service law enforcement agency and be a certified police officer.
1 year: $37.66/hour ($78,324 /year)
2 years: $39.07/hour ($81,264/year)
3 years: $40.53/hour ($84,312/year)
4 years: $42.05/hour ($87,468/year)
5 years: $43.63/hour ($90,744/year)
6+ years: $45.27/hour ($94,152/year)
(Bachelor’s degree add 3.75% to above salaries)
Those applicants who are currently certified by the Alaska Police Standards Council, and have one year of full time experience at a full service law enforcement agency, will be considered for a lateral hire position with DPS. Pay is determined by how many years of similar service the applicant has prior to DPS hire. If the applicant has attended an Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) academy in Sitka, they would likely not need to attend the full ALET academy again. The applicant would likely need to attend several weeks of AST specific training and then complete a full length, or abbreviated Field Training process. This determination is made on a case by case basis. Those lateral applicants who have attended just the UAF Tanana Valley Law Enforcement Academy must attend the ALET (as a lateral), after being hired by DPS. DPS realizes each Alaska certified police officer comes with unique experience, training and skills and will work with each applicant to assess the proper course of training. DPS wants to be certain the lateral officers we hire are properly trained, equipped and supported to be successful in the field.
Law enforcement in rural Alaska is different than most places in the “Lower 48.” Many officers from the Lower 48 have come to Alaska expecting a similar work environment and are often surprised they don’t have the necessary skills or training to be successful here. We want to ensure lateral hires are trained and equipped to succeed and to use their past training and experience in a way that helps them thrive.
Applicants who are currently certified by their state’s police certification process (POST, etc.), have attended a state certified training academy with at least 650 hours and have one year of full time experience at a full-service law enforcement agency will be considered for a lateral position with DPS. Pay is determined by how many years of similar service the applicant has prior to DPS hire. DPS realizes that each certified police officer comes with unique experience, training and skills and will work with each applicant to assess the proper course of training. DPS wants to be certain the lateral officers we hire are properly trained, equipped and supported to be successful in the field. DPS will, on a case by case basis, work with the Alaska Police Standards Council to determine if a candidate will need to attend our full Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) academy in Sitka for 18 weeks or if an abbreviated training regimen will be approved.
The successful applicant may need to complete field training for the entire process. We have had many lateral hires tell us, after they attended our full ALET academy, they were indeed not ready for the challenges of Alaska before the academy training; they were grateful for the opportunity to receive more training, all while being paid as a lateral state trooper. DPS will pay full lateral wages to the out-of-state lateral applicant if they attend our training academy. Every applicant is encouraged to voluntarily attend our training academy. By doing so, you will earn the respect of your academy mates, instructors, chain of command, and troopers in the field. Most out-of-state laterals should be prepared mentally and physically, before they apply, to attend our 18-week training academy. The applicant will not learn if they will be “waived” from attending our training academy until after a conditional job offer has been made. Don’t apply if you are completely closed to the idea of attending our full-length training academy as a lateral.
Military Security Forces/MP:
Soldiers who are military police, security forces, or civilians such as Department of the Army Civilian Police do not meet the definition of a lateral hire by the Alaska Police Standards Council. However, applicants with such training and experience tend to do well in our training academy, field training, and as troopers in the field. Such training and experience will be a huge benefit to the applicant. Those who fit this description are encouraged to apply as an Alaska State Trooper Recruit.
Alaska Administrative Code:
For more details on lateral qualifications, visit http://dps.alaska.gov/AST/Recruit/Lateral. Watch our video about the Alaska State Troopers hiring process here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QGzV66t6vk&feature=youtu.be&list=PLgYShr_6dX435Z9WRWowMHDk4EaIwXC-V
For applicants in Alaska, the written tests are scheduled as follows:
February 6, 2021- Anchorage, AK
February 12, 2021- Fairbanks, AK
February 19, 2021- Anchorage, AK
March 5, 2021- Anchorage, AK
March 12, 2021- Fairbanks, AK
March 20, 2021- Anchorage, AK
April 2, 2021 Anchorage, AK
April 9, 2021- Fairbanks, AK
April 23, 2021- Soldotna, AK
April 23, 2021- Sitka, AK
April 24, 2021- Anchorage, AK
April 30, 2021- Anchorage, AK
Applicants must register for these test dates in advance at www.publicsafetytesting.com.
If you reside outside of Alaska and are interested in testing for the Alaska State Trooper, please visit https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/outofstate 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: https://dps.alaska.gov/getmedia/39a46d28-fbbb-4b15-b1ed-c03d73bdac10/Remote-Test-Setup
Pay rate is also determined by geographic location, pay can go up to a max of 60% based upon location.
- Age: 21
- Education: High school diploma or GED
- Experience: No law enforcement experience required. We will train you.