Pa. State Police applications continue to increase after ditching college credit requirement
“We’re pleased to see this increase in applications from [individuals] … willing to go above and beyond to serve and protect, with ... strong moral fiber not exclusive to those with a college education,” said Colonel Christopher Paris
By Joanna Putman
The most recent cadet selection cycle saw 1,830 applicants who were eligible to take the state trooper exam, according to the report. The state police stated that 41% of the applicants would not have been eligible had the college requirement still been in place.
“We’re pleased to see this increase in applications from women and men with the passion and determination to be part of something bigger than themselves, individuals willing to go above and beyond to serve and protect, with character and strong moral fiber not exclusive to those with a college education,” said Colonel Christopher Paris, Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. “I wish them success as they pursue a challenging but rewarding career as a state trooper.”
During the most recent selection cycle, which lasted from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, the applications ranged in educational experience: 752 listed a high school diploma as their highest education, 581 had some college but no degree, 170 had an associate’s degree, 288 had a bachelor’s degree and 39 had a master’s degree.
The applicants will have until Feb. 7 to take the state trooper’s exam, according to the report. The next cadet application cycle is scheduled to open on Feb. 12.