NOTE: These pages are neither authorized by nor connected in any official way with the Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police; nor do they represent the opinions of that agency or any official of the state of Connecticut. I put these pages together because I did 21 years in this outfit, and originally it had no web presence of its own.



  • At least 21 years old by the expiration of the announced application period
  • U.S. Citizen by date of appointment
  • General good health, drug free with sufficient strength, stamina and agility
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Be free from felony and Class A or B misdemeanor convictions
  • Good educational and/or work record, excellent moral character
  • Normal hearing, color vision and depth perception
  • Distance and near vision (with lenses) must be 20/30 each eye
  • Connecticut driver's license and residence prior to graduation 
  • Be in compliance with the Department's tattoo and body modification policies (Found here)

        Be sure to check for most current recruiting information here

If you are interested in a career as a trooper with the Connecticut State Police, please understand that the application, screening and selection process is lengthy and complex. Exams are only scheduled as authorized by the state personnel department, and each time an exam is given, enough candidates are selected so that several recruit classes can be processed. What this means is that exams are not given on a regular, or frequent basis, and the luck of the draw may dictate that you will apply at a time when an exam has been recently conducted and there is a sufficient pool of qualified candidates to supply several recruit classes. Many prospective applicants wait more than a year for an exam. The best course of action is to contact the Connecticut State Police Recruiting Section and request that you be included on a list to be contacted for the next scheduled exam. If you have an interest in having the Connecticut State Police attend a career fair or conduct an informational presentation, please contact contact the Recruitment & Selection Unit directly at (203) 630-8070.


The following elements may be used in the selection process, depending upon how far a candidate advances through the process and whether a conditional offer of employment has been extended to you. More details about these elements will be made available if you are scheduled for them. Please note that the entire selection process can take up to eighteen months to complete, depending upon the size of the applicant pool.
Written Examination - questions to assess your ability to understand and communicate written instructions;.
Physical Fitness Assessment - exercises to measure muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility.
Polygraph Examination - inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity.
Background Investigation - comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit histories.
Psychological Evaluation - combination of written tests and interview to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement.
Medical Evaluation - comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.

Successful completion of all phases of the selection process means that a candidate is eligible to be considered for final appointment as a Trooper Trainee. Candidates who are not selected for employment, are welcome to reapply and undergo retesting in any subsequent process. Those who make it to graduation are assigned to a troop, one of eleven in the state. They make the transition from recruit to patrol trooper under the watchful eye of an FTO, or field training officer, over a period of several weeks. This helps them to apply their training to real life situations, and affords them the experience and knowledge of specially selected and trained veteran troopers while they are learning and making rookie mistakes.  Some fall by the wayside during this process, also.


Obviously, those who successfully complete the entire ordeal and make the transition to "road cop" have a fierce sense of pride in themselves and their department . . . . . . and rightly so.  They earned it.


Web page by Tom Seeley,
Lieutenant, CSP Retired
Updated April 15, 2019