State Police Trooper I Recruitment
Dedicated to providing the highest degree of law enforcement service throughout the State of New Hampshire while maintaining the traditions of fairness, professionalism, and integrity.
Upcoming Test Dates | Minimum Qualifications | Application Process | Physical Agility Test | Additional Phases of the Selection Process | Special Requirements | Salary/Benefits | Summary of Duties/Responsibilities
2023 Test Dates
- October 21, 2023
- Application Available: August 25, 2023
- Application Deadline: October 16, 2023
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A candidate must have at least one of the following:
- Education: Associates degree or 60 credit hours from a recognized college, university or technical institute with major study preferably in criminal justice or the equivalent.
- Experience: No experience required.
- Education: High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent.
- Experience: Two years of experience comprised of any one of the following:
- One year as a full time certified police officer and one year of honorable military service, either intermittently or full time, or
- Two years as a full time certified police officer, or
- Two years of honorable military service, either intermittently or full time.
Interested individuals are directed to visit the State of New Hampshire Employment Opportunities page for details regarding available positions and the process for application submittal. Applicants must submit appropriate documentation (copy of official transcripts, proof of police certification, and/or verification of military service) with their applications to continue in the recruitment process.
The physical agility test will be administered by the New Hampshire State Police and will take place in the Tactical Center of the Police Standards and Training facility. In order to participate in the physical agility test, you must have the pre-physical agility test medical form completed. Medical forms must be completed within six months of your assigned test date, and must be completed by either a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner. Please do not submit your completed form with the application, rather bring it on your assigned test date and present it at check-in.
Candidates must pass each of the events. The test has been designed to measure the ability to perform physically demanding tasks encountered in job performance. The minimum repetitions and maximum time allowances for each of the four phases are as follows:
|Age 21-29||Age 30-39||Age 40-49||Age 50-59|
|Sit-ups (1 min.)||40||36||31||26|
|1½ mile run||11:58 min.||12:25 min.||13:11 min.||14:16 min.|
|Age 21-29||Age 30-39||Age 40-49||Age 50-59|
|Sit-ups (1 min.)||35||27||22||17|
|1½ mile run||14:07 min.||14:34 min.||15:24 min.||17:13 min.|
Please note: These standards are effective beginning April 8, 2017 and subject to change upon receipt of updated physical fitness data.
Those candidates who successfully complete the physical agility test will be invited to a written examination that same afternoon. Candidates who obtain a score of at least 70% will be considered to advance to the comprehensive oral board interview and possible background investigation. All candidates will be subject to unannounced drug testing at any point during the selection process.
Once conditional offers of employment have been made, prospective appointees must successfully complete a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, a thorough medical examination, and an interview with the Director. The physician administering medical examinations will be selected by and paid by the Division of State Police. Candidates should be in excellent physical condition and take corrective measures, if necessary, before the medical examination date. No physical conditions can exist prohibiting appointees from performing the duties and responsibilities of the State Police Trooper I position.
- Age/Citizenship: Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen either prior to or on the scheduled date of examination administration.
- Eyesight and Hearing: Must have at least 20/100 in each eye uncorrected and corrected to 20/40 (near vision) and 20/30 (distant vision) in each eye and have normal uncorrected depth and color perception; must possess normal hearing sufficient to enable performance of essential job functions.
- Police Officer Certification: Candidates must be able to obtain police officer certification within the time frame established by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council. Must maintain police officer certification throughout tenure of service.
- Residency: Candidates must be willing to accept employment anywhere in the state. With offers of employment, appointees will be assigned a troop area and patrol. Prior to completion of Phase II (Field Training Officer) Training, appointees must establish residency within their assigned patrol area.
- License/Registration: Appointees must obtain a New Hampshire driver's license and registration within 60 days of establishing residency in New Hampshire.
- Tattoo Policy: Candidates are prohibited from having any form of tattoo on the head, neck, face, or hands. Tattoos that we deem not to be "extremist" (racist, sexist, or otherwise indecent) are allowed on forearms up to but not past the wrist, provided that the candidate will submit to wearing a black compression sleeve on the affected arm(s) to cover the tattoo(s) whenever on duty in any short-sleeved uniform, or to wear long sleeves in any plain clothes assignment.
- Character: A history of criminal or unethical behavior will cause an applicant to be ineligible for further consideration. Please read Information on Automatic Disqualifiers.
The starting salary for the State Police Trooper I position is $60,736.00. Salary listed does not include $30.00 per week diverse duty pay ($1300.00 annually). In determining salary, prior service credit is available to individuals with full-time certified law enforcement experience at the local, county, state and/or federal level. When a Trooper I has achieved a combined total of ten (10) years of full-time certified law enforcement experience, he/she is eligible to apply for allocation to the Trooper II labor grade. Approval does not incur a promotion, as one is only eligible to attain the rank of Trooper II (Trooper First Class) upon completion of ten (10) years of service with the New Hampshire State Police and other applicable criteria.
Newly hired Troopers accumulate annual leave at the rate of one (1) day per month, and this leave can be used upon accrual. Sick leave is accumulated at the rate of one and one-quarter (1 1/4) days per month and can also be used upon accrual. Troopers continue to accrue annual and sick leave in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Troopers are also entitled to 12 annual holidays.
Troopers and their families receive excellent dental and health benefits. A group term life insurance benefit of $20,000 is fully paid by the State of New Hampshire. Troopers are able to increase this coverage amount through personal contributions. Dental, health and life insurance benefits begin on the 1st of the month following 30 days of full-time State employment. Please visit Employee Benefits for more details.
Troopers are enrolled into the NH Retirement System as a condition of employment. Contributions are made by the trooper and the State of New Hampshire. Please visit www.nhrs.org/ for more details.
New Hampshire State Police offers an on-the-job training program approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs, meeting all state and federal requirements for the education and training of eligible military personnel, veterans and their dependents wishing to utilize their GI Bill Educational Benefits. Candidates are encouraged to visit the GI Bill web site for more information about possible benefits.
- Perform traffic enforcement and law enforcement patrol functions.
- Use firearms in stressful situations with high proficiency.
- Assess situations to determine probable cause for search and arrest.
- Intervene in disputes to restore peace and ensure safety of the public.
- Arrest suspects, forcibly if necessary, and pursue/subdue resisting suspects.
- Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters.
- Process and transport prisoners.
- Gather information and write investigative and other reports.
- Demonstrate necessary communicative skills to prosecute cases in court.
View the Class Specification for additional job description details.
Transcript of video:
Hello, my name is Sgt. Jordan Kopko.
Hello, my name is Trooper Nicole Stone.
We work in the Recruitment and Training Unit for the New Hampshire State Police. We wanted to talk briefly about the testing process involved in becoming a state trooper in the Granite State.
The first step of our hiring process is the physical agility test. The New Hampshire State Police tests applicants 3 times each year. The applications will open approximately 2 months prior to the test, and will close on the Monday before the test. Applications for each test are available online. We cannot carry over applications from one test to another.
Once an applicant applies to become a New Hampshire State Trooper, they will receive an invitation packet in the mail. One of the documents in that packet will be the Medical Clearance form. This form needs to be completed by the applicant’s doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner in order to take part in the physical agility test. We ask that you double-check the form before leaving your appointment to assure that it has been filled out properly.
The physical agility test consists of 3 parts: sit-ups, pushups, and the 1 ½- mile run. There are minimum standards for this physical agility test. We utilize the Cooper Fitness Standards at the 50th percentile.
The first exercise that we’ll explain and demonstrate is the sit-up. The applicant will perform the maximum amount of sit-ups they can achieve in one minute.
The applicant lies on their back with their knees bent, and heels flat on the floor. A partner will hold down the feet of the applicant taking the test. The applicant’s fingers need to be interlocked behind their head. Applicants must keep their butts on the floor at all times throughout this exercise. The applicant must touch their elbows to the tops of their knees for the reps to count. Both shoulders should touch the floor in the down position.
Any resting during the sit-ups should be done in the up position. If the applicant stops during the test due to fatigue or rests in the down position, the test is over.
The second exercise in the physical agility test is the push-up. This is a maximum effort event with no time limit.
The applicant will place their hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart, with their fingers pointed forward. Once the applicant begins their pushups, they cannot adjust their hands mid-exercise.
Anytime an applicant needs to rest during their push-ups, they must rest in the up position. If the applicant begins to raise, or lower their hips, the test is over.
Female applicants have the option to perform modified pushups. Modified pushups are performed on the hands and knees.
Pushups are counted by a trooper who has placed their first on the floor below the applicant’s chest. The applicant lowers their body until the chest touches the trooper’s fist, and then returns to the up position.
The third and final event of the physical agility test is the 1 ½- mile run.
More often than not, the New Hampshire State Police physical ability tests are conducted at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training in Concord. If the weather permits, the run will be on a 6-lap outdoor course. If we have to use the indoor track, the run will consist of 17 ¼ laps.
At the completion of each lap, the applicant will be instructed to yell out their last name and the lap they just completed.
Applicants who successfully complete all three exercises that make up our physical agility test will move on to our written exam. This written exam will take place on the same day. For those who fail, their application will conclude there.
Applicants who take the written exam will find out their scores that day. For those who pass the written exam, he or she will schedule their oral board interviews for the following week.
Applicants who pass our oral board interview with a score of 70% or above will move forward to the polygraph evaluation process. If the polygraph evaluation goes well, then the applicant will move on to the background investigation. The background investigation process usually takes up to one month to complete. If the applicant is recommended to move forward, then their psychological and medical appointments will be made. Once those evaluations are successfully completed, then the final part of the hiring process is an interview with the colonel.
That is the New Hampshire State Police hiring process in a nutshell. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the NHSP Recruitment and Training Unit at 603-223-3866 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a New Hampshire State Trooper
I am a New Hampshire State Trooper
Transcript of video:
Troopers of New Hampshire State Police speak a variety of languages. Eleven Troopers come together to say the words “I am a New Hampshire State Trooper” in multiple languages including Spanish, German, Mandarin and much more. The Division is looking for qualified individuals to join our team, please apply today.
Behind the Badge
Behind the Badge
Transcript of video:
NH1 News Investigates brings you a segment titled “Behind the Badge” following New Hampshire State Troopers while they patrol the roadways, fight crime and protect the citizens of the Granite State. The members of New Hampshire State Police cover the entire state and serves as local law enforcement for communities with part-time or no police departments. Each unit and area is covered during this 1 hour segment.