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THP ready to take on new troopers

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) this week announced it is aggressively seeking men and women who are interested in careers in law enforcement. The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) this week announced it is aggressively seeking men and women who are interested in careers in law enforcement for a new trooper cadet class slated to begin January 22. Applications will be accepted through Friday,  Aug. 26.

Individuals interested in applying for the position of state trooper must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. Citizen and have a high school diploma or equivalent.  No applicants with felony convictions will be considered.

If hired, individuals must obtain a valid Tennessee driver’s license, and are required to successfully complete a Level II background investigation, which includes a credit check and polygraph test. Recruits must also pass a physical agility test, as well as psychological and medical examinations, including a drug screening.

Those interested in and qualified for the position of State trooper should submit an employment application to the Tennessee Department of Human Resources for approval to take the civil service examination. All applicants must apply online at http://tn.gov/dohr/employment/career.html.

 Once approved by the Department of Human Resources, applicants will be contacted to take the trooper examination on one of three dates: Aug.30, Aug. 31, and Sept. 1. All examinations will take place in Nashville only.

There are currently 903 authorized commissioned officer positions within the THP. Trooper recruits will be assigned to vacant positions across the state upon graduation. The starting salary for a cadet during trooper school is $2,500 per month. Upon graduation and commissioning as a Tennessee state trooper, the salary will increase to $2,767 per month and includes other benefits such as a paid pension plan, low cost health insurance and paid holidays. Uniform, equipment and patrol vehicles are also provided by the THP.

With regular pay increases, a trooper can earn $49,344 per year after 10 years of service under the current pay structure. Recruits are paid while in training. The trooper class will last 18 weeks.

(For additional information on becoming a State Trooper, http://www.tn.gov/safety/thp/school.shtml.  For more information about applications and testing, contact the Tennessee Department of Human Resources Applicant Services Division at 615-741-4841.)

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