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How to Become a Texas State Trooper

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This slideshow describes application process for becoming a Texas State Trooper, how to determine whether or not you are qualified, the deciding disqualifications that will keep you from becoming a Texas State Trooper, and the benefits of the job.

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How to Become a Texas State Trooper

  1. 1. How to Become a Texas State Trooper TEXAS STATE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION
  2. 2. Job Duties of a Texas State Trooper According to the Texas State Department of Public Safety's website, the main function of a Texas State Trooper is to enforce the laws of traffic on Texas' rural roads. They also are to confront and apprehend violators of traffic law, investigate automobile accidents, pursue wanted persons, and recover stolen property. They also are to enforce laws regarding weight and registration of commercial carriers, as well as assist in other law enforcement agencies at a time of emergency. Being experts on traffic safety and laws, they are to educate and provide information on traffic safety and crime prevention.
  3. 3. Application Process: Make sure you meet all minimum requirements Fill out online application at dps.texas.gov As long as you meet the minimum requirements, you will be contacted for physical and written testing, which must be completed within 30 days of application date. Must receive a passing grade. Submit any necessary paperwork From there, recruiters will choose only the most qualified candidates to continue in the process
  4. 4. Am I Qualified? Age/Basic Requirements: Must be at least 20 years of age or older to apply and must be 21 years of age or older upon graduation from the training academy. No maximum age limit to apply.
  5. 5. Am I Qualified? Education: Applicants must have 60 hours of college hours earned from an accredited college or university, or a combination of college hours and law enforcement/military experience. The table explaining the exact ratio of college hours and experience can be found on the Department of Public Safety website, as well as what is considered eligible law enforcement/military experience.
  6. 6. Am I Qualified? Fitness Requirements: All state trooper trainees are required to complete a physical test, which is set to scale based on their age and gender. This test is only a part of the application process, however, the better the score, the better the chances of being accepted. The test: Rowing 2000 meters on a Concept2 Rower
  7. 7. Am I Qualified? Physical/VisionRequirements: After completing the physical test and receiving a passing grade, you will then be required to submit for a physical examination. Vision: Distant visual acuity of any degree that does not correct with contact lenses or glasses to at least one of the following: 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other 20/30 in one eye and 20/400 in the other 20/20 in one eye and 20/400 in the other
  8. 8. Benefits Paid training Competitive salaries Uniforms provided Travel reimbursement Troopers covered under State Employees Retirement System and Worker's Compensation Holiday and vacation leave Comprehensive health insurance plans
  9. 9. Disqualifications: Even if you meet all of the requirements to become a state trooper in Texas, you could still be disqualified if you: Are prohibited by state or federal law to operate a vehicle History of illegal drug use as an adult Possession of a dishonorable discharge on military record Have been convicted of a family violence offense Currently on probation Being prohibited from carrying a firearm by state or federal law Being convicted of any offense of the grade of felony or class B misdemeanor More information about the application process and disqualifications, please visit dps.texas.gov

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