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THP Hiring Future Troopers

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 07:00pm

Nashville, Tennessee — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is looking for brave men and women who are interested in a career in law enforcement.  Recruiting is underway for the next Trooper Cadet class scheduled to begin April 1, 2008.

Trooper Cadet class lasts 19 weeks, and even though it is still months away, the time to apply is now.  Interested individuals need to submit an employment application to the Tennessee Department of Human Resources for approval to take the civil service examination.   The exam is given daily from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT at the Department of Human Resources located at 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN, on the 2nd Floor of the James K. Polk Building.  To be considered for the next Cadet class, all applicants must complete the civil service exam by October 12, 2007.

In order to be considered for the position of State Trooper, the individual must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.  No one with a felony conviction will be considered. If hired, individuals must obtain a valid Tennessee Driver License and are required to successfully complete a Level One background investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which includes a credit check.  Recruits must also pass a physical agility test, polygraph test, drug screening, as well as psychological and medical examinations.

Due to the time associated with the application process, ALL applicants should obtain an application online at: or in person at the Department of Human Resources.

For more information about applications and testing, contact the Tennessee Department of Human Resource’s Applicant Services Division at (615) 741-4841.

There are currently 947 authorized commissioned officer positions within the THP.  Trooper recruits will be assigned to vacant positions across the state after graduation.  Starting salary is $32,676 annually.  With regular pay increases, a Trooper can earn $48,564 a year after 10 years of service, under the current pay structure.  Recruits are paid while in training.

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