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State Troopers

An Indiana State Trooper's career is one of action either behind the wheel of a police car, investing in and serving your local community, at the controls of a helicopter, underwater in scuba gear, or handling explosives and firearms with an expert's touch. From its humble beginning in 1933 with sixteen officers to today's department with over 1,200 enforcement personnel and 400 dedicated civilian employees, the Indiana State Police is one of the premier state police agencies in the country. Follow the links below to learn more about the Indiana State Police and how you might become a part of its future as an Indiana State Trooper.

The Indiana State Police is currently accepting job interest cards to become an Indiana State Police Trooper.

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  • Career Overview

    Troopers begin their careers with road patrol duties, but there are many different career paths within the Indiana State Police.

    * Work involves many independent decisions.  Troopers normally perform duties alone, requiring independent judgment to make decisions for unique circumstances.  Some complex problems may arise that require an immediate decision.  Troopers receive general instructions before and during the shift.

    * Patrol county, state and federal roads to detect and apprehend criminal and traffic law violators.
    * Investigate vehicle crashes.
    * Perform a wide variety of courtesy services.
    * Make death notifications.
    * Attempt to locate motorists and/or other people for the delivery of emergency information.
    * Direct and control traffic at disaster scenes, crash sites and special events.
    * Render first-aid to people until advanced Emergency Medical Services arrive.
    * Conduct criminal investigations.
    * Coordinate and assist investigative efforts with the Criminal Investigation Division.
    * Testify in criminal and traffic court.
    * Prepare and submit evidence in compliance with department standard operating procedures.
    * Transport emergency medical supplies, blood, human organs, etc.
    * May be selected to serve as a department specialty team member.
    * Serve as a Field Training Officer.
    * Assist the Federal Aviation Administration in the investigation of aircraft incidents.
    * Present law enforcement related public affairs programs.
    * Assist the public and all police agencies at any time and in any manner possible.
    * Perform other duties as required.

  • Salary Benefits


    Pay Matrix: Trooper Matrix - Effective July 2022

    Longevity Pay Scale: Longevity Pay Scale - Effective July 2022


    • Police employees earn 12 vacation days annually. Additional vacation days are granted after 5, 10 and 20 years of service to a maximum of 25.
    • Uniform, ordinance, automotive and other equipment is furnished by the Indiana State Police Department.
    • Group individual or family medical, prescription, dental and vision insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.
    • The State of Indiana provides $20,000 life insurance with an additional accidental death benefit of $149,000. Supplemental life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents at nominal rates.
    • A pension plan that incorporates a voluntary Deferred Retirement Option Program (D.R.O.P.) and a Partial Lump Sum Option (P.L.S.O.) retirement benefit program.
    • Troopers may purchase years of service credit for eligible prior
      • Military service
      • Indiana municipal police officer service
      • Indiana sheriff's deputy service
      • Other Indiana county police officer service
      • Indiana State Excise police officer service
      • Indiana Conservation Enforcement officer service.
      The purchased service credit counts toward the calculation of retirement pension benefits, not toward years of service.
    • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program information is available at:
    • Service Purchase Estimator
  • Eligibility and Requirements

    Trooper candidates:
    1. Must be a United States citizen.
    2. Must be at least 21 and less than 40 years old when appointed as a police employee.
    3. Must have vision correctable to 20/50.
    4. Must possess a valid driver's license.
    5. Must have a high school diploma or GED.
    6. Must be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve anywhere within the State of Indiana.

    No exception will be made for anyone who does not meet all requirements.

    No applicant will be discriminated against with the respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment or any matter directly or indirectly related to employment because of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry.  The Indiana State Police adheres to all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Department will endeavor to select, hire and retain the best qualified applicants available.

    The Indiana State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All candidates must meet minimum selection criteria and successfully complete the application and selection process prior to being granted a conditional offer of employment to attend the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.

    Indiana State Government is an E-Verify employer, and all new employees are required to have their employment eligibility verified through the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration.  To remain in accordance with the law, the Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that we certify the identity and work eligibility of all new employees.  Therefore, if hired, your presentation of proper documentation is required by the law.  The Employment Eligibility form (Form I-9) and all other needed documentation can be found at  Please note that if you submit a document from list B of form I-9, this document must contain a photo ID to establish identity.  All new employees must present the required documents in person, on your first day of employment.

  • Selection Process

    The Indiana State Trooper selection process is an in-depth and lengthy procedure, approximately seven months.  Components of the process include:
    * Application
    * Written Examination
    * Physical Ability Tests
    * Oral Interview
    * Polygraph
    * Background Investigation
    * Medical and Psychological Examinations
    * Toxicology Screening
    * Superintendent’s Review
    * Recruit Academy

    Failure of any component will result in immediate dismissal from the selection process.

    Anyone who competes in a selection process and is unsuccessful in achieving hiring status shall not be excluded from competing in any subsequent selection process.

    Information secured through testing and investigation will be held in strict confidence.  Applicants are responsible for all expenses incurred by them when reporting for all components of the selection process.

    Probationary Troopers must successfully complete a one year probationary period. A Probationary Trooper may be discharged at any time without recourse to a formal hearing. Upon satisfactory completion of the probationary period, the Trooper may receive a permanent appointment, and then can be discharged upon preferment of formal charges in writing, and has recourse to a public hearing before the State Police Board, if desired.

  • Military Obligation Program

    The Indiana State Police Department will consider the following factors for placement into the Military Obligation Program:

    1. You must be currently in active duty status with a branch of the United States Armed Forces.
    2. You must be currently stationed outside the state of Indiana.
    3. You must have military obligations restricting your participation and availability to travel for the required phases of the selection process.
    4. Your Estimated Time of Separation (ETS) from your United States Military Obligation must conclude prior to the Military Obligation Program deadline. Please visit Military Obligation Program for the current Selection Process timeline.
    5. You must be available for testing after the Military Obligation deadline.
  • Physical Ability Testing

    Troopers must be able to perform physically demanding job functions to ensure their personal safety, as well as the public’s.  Naturally, the higher your level of fitness, the better you will perform the physical job-related tasks.

    The Physical Ability Test (PAT) is a critical point in the selection process that easily divides those applicants selected to continue in the process from those who will be eliminated.  To successfully pass the PAT, candidates must meet the following standards:

     Vertical Jump 16 inches
     Sit-ups 29 in one minute
     300 Meter Run 71 seconds
     Push-ups 25
     1.5 mile run 16 minutes 28 seconds

    Applicants are recommended to begin a fitness lifestyle well before the selection process begins.  For specific procedures and proven ways to prepare for the PAT, applicants must read and follow the specific instructions stated within the Physical Ability Testing Procedures & Protocols before taking the PAT.

    Applicants must pass the PAT standards early in the process and once again on the reporting day of the Recruit Academy.  Maintaining a high level of physical fitness is required throughout the selection process.

    Applicants preparing for the PAT are highly encouraged to begin CrossFit.  Learn how you can get started at ISP CrossFit.

  • Recruit Academy

    The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) provides academic and field instruction designed to acquaint the Trooper Trainee with the performance, functions and duties of an Indiana State Trooper.  The conduct of the school closely corresponds to training for officer candidates in military service.

    The ILEA ( is located in Plainfield, Indiana.  Training is typically conducted Monday through Friday, and trainees return home on the weekends.  Trainees are furnished lodging and some meals.  Trainees are paid the salary of a Trooper Trainee on a bi-weekly basis.

    Applicants may be dismissed at any time during the recruit academy.

  • Find Your Recruiter

    General Human Resource Contact Information

    Phone: 317.232.0319

  • ISP CrossFit

    What is CrossFit? ISP CrossFit's Mission is to install a culture of physical fitness in our Law Enforcement Community by fueling a revolution in athleticism based on the pursuit of function and increased general physical preparedness.

    Click Here to Visit ISP CrossFit

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Becoming an Indiana State Police trooper is a big step - and a monumental challenge. It is understandable that many questions may arise in making such a decision. To make the process a bit easier, we have listed below several of the most common questions asked by potential recruits. If you do not find your question here, please feel free to contact your ISP Recruiter:

    Indiana State Police Recruit Academy Selection Process

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Jump MarkQuestion 1: How do I become an Indiana State Trooper?

    Answer 1: All applicants must complete the online Trooper Application, in its entirety, at the following link: State Troopers.

    Jump MarkQuestion 2 : What are the requirements to become an Indiana State Trooper?

    Answer 2: The minimum eligibility requirements for Trooper are:

    1. Must be a United States citizen.
    2. Must be at least 21 and less than 40 years old when appointed as a police employee.
    3. Must have vision correctable to 20/50.
    4. Must possess a valid driver's license.
    5. Must have a high school diploma or GED.
    6. Must be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve anywhere within the State of Indiana.

    No exception will be made for anyone who does not meet all requirements.

    Jump MarkQuestion 3: Can I have tattoos/body modifications?

    Answer 3: The Indiana State Police has an appearance standards policy to address tattoos and mutilations.  The policy reads in part:  "All Sworn, Capitol Police Section and Motor Carrier Inspector employees are prohibited from:

    • Having any tattoo or mutilation on the head, neck or hands.
    • Exposing any tattoo or mutilation while on duty or while operating a Department commission.

    Anyone exposing any tattoo or mutilation that can be seen while wearing the issued short sleeve uniform shirt with one’s arms extended straight downward in a position similar to Attention, during periods when the summer uniform is authorized, shall wear the issued winter uniform year-round to include the tie and felt hat.

    Applicants who have tattoos or mutilations in violation of this policy are required to have them removed prior to participating in the selection process.

    NOTE:  Mutilation is defined under current Departmental policy as the purposeful, knowing, or intentional disfigurement, modification, or alteration of one's natural appearance that could bring discredit upon the Department, or create a non-uniform appearance which might hinder the Department esprit de corps.  Such mutilations may include, but are not limited to brands, ear gauges, nose gauges, facial piercing, tongue trimming, tongue splitting, tongue studs, cranium cosmetic implants or any other implant that does not project an anthropomorphic appearance.

    Question 4: What does the ISP Selection Process consist of?

    Answer 4: The selection process requires successful completion of:

    • A written examination, physical abilities test, structured oral interview, polygraph examination, background investigation, medical and psychological examination.
    • 24-26 weeks of an intensive para-military style training academy.Jump Mark

    Note: Successful applicants are required to sign two documents during the selection process.  The two documents are the Terms of Employment and Conditional Offer of Employment.

    • Terms of Employment:  A document indicating you will notify the Department of any changes that have occurred since your background investigation was completed (employment, marital status, place of residence, dependents, contact with law enforcement, etc.).
    • Conditional Offer of Employment:  A document indicating you will be invited to attend the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy after successful completion of the Department’s medical examination, psychological examination, and toxicology screening.  You should not make any financial-related decisions based solely on the Conditional Offer of Employment until after being notified you have passed the medical and psychological examinations and toxicology screening.
    Jump MarkQuestion 5: What can I expect on the written examination? How can I prepare for the written examination?

    Answer 5: The Written Examination is conducted to evaluate the applicant‘s current academic level. To prepare for the written examination, it is encouraged that an applicant use any of the SAT/ACT study websites or Police Exam Study Guides commercially available.

    The written examination covers the following subject areas:

    1. Vocabulary: These questions test your knowledge of the most accurate definition of the word provided.
    2. Language Skills: These questions test your ability to use proper punctuation and sentence structure.
    3. Spatial Relationships: These questions test your ability to appropriately read a map diagram and answer questions related to it.
    4. Math Reasoning: These questions test your knowledge of basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
    5. Study Guide: These questions are related to the information contained in the study guide prior to the start of the test. These questions will test your ability to recall information contained in reading materials and your ability to recall information viewed in photographs.

    An overview of the Written Examination can be found at the following link: Written Examination Study Guide. The outline is intended to provide guidance on what you will learn during the study session and what to look for in the actual examination. There are no example questions within the linked document. You will receive the actual study material on the day that you are assigned to take your Written Examination. You will be allowed to use a basic functioning calculator for the math section of the written examination.

    Jump MarkQuestion 6: Is the physical ability test pass/fail?

    Answer 6: Yes. All applicants must meet the exit standards that are posted at the following link: Physical Ability Training in order to remain in the selection process. Those applicants meeting the standards will be allowed to continue in the selection process. Those applicants who well-exceed the standards will receive favorable consideration for placement into the Recruit Academy during the final selections.

    Jump MarkQuestion 7: How will I be trained at the Recruit Academy?

    Answer 7: Prospective Troopers receive approximately 24-26 weeks of intensive training at the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. The curriculum is divided into several major disciplines. These disciplines include criminal law, traffic law, crash investigations, defensive tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, mechanics of arrest, field sobriety testing, crime scene investigations, interviews/interrogations, report writing, verbal judo, Spanish for law enforcement, first-aid and numerous other courses of instruction.

    Jump MarkQuestion 8: If a person is already a sworn police officer in Indiana or another state, do you still have to complete the entire training and graduate from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy to become an Indiana State Trooper?

    Answer 8: Yes. Every applicant, whether already a police officer or not and wishes to be an Indiana State Trooper, must complete the full-length academy training at the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. Candidates from other states, or from other agencies within Indiana, are not exempt from completing the entire Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.

    Jump MarkQuestion 9: Can a waiver be obtained for the maximum age of 40 due to prior military service or law enforcement experience?

    Answer 9: No. Indiana Code 10-11-2-10 and Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) 240 stipulate applicants must be appointed (graduate the academy) prior to their 40th birthday. There are no exceptions or waivers.

    Jump MarkQuestion 10: Is there a fee to attend the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy?
    What are the salary and benefits for a cadet in training and for a Trooper upon graduation?

    Answer 10: There is no fee to attend the Academy. During academy training, Recruits receive $1,615.39 bi-weekly as a Trooper Trainee. At the completion of academy training, the annual Probationary Trooper salary is $48,000. Visit our “Salary and Benefits” tab for more information about health and retirement benefits available to recruits at the following link: Salary and Benefits. The current pay matrix for sworn employees is available at the following link: Trooper Matrix - Effective July 2022.

    Jump MarkQuestion 11: How are District assignments determined upon graduation?

    Answer 11: Near the completion of the academy training, Trooper Trainees will be given an opportunity to submit a "wish list" of their district assignment preferences. The Superintendent and his staff will take these requests under advisement as well as the field openings and the needs of the Department when making district assignments. All applicants must be willing to reside anywhere within the State of Indiana upon being appointed. See the minimum eligibility requirements provided for.

    Jump MarkQuestion 12: What is the residency requirement once I am assigned to a District?

    Answer 12: ISP police employees assigned a particular geographical work area must reside within the following geographical boundaries served by the assignment:

    1. Personnel assigned to a District shall live within the District or an adjoining county in which the District facility is located. EXAMPLE: Indianapolis, District #52 is located in Marion County. ISP police employees living in Morgan County, which adjoins Marion County, would meet the residency requirements; and
    2. District Commanders may require District enforcement personnel to reside in a specific county to meet the needs of the Department when the affected employee is:
      1. Newly assigned (new hire or transfer*) to the District; or
      2. When an employee requests an inter-District transfer.
    Jump MarkQuestion 13: Can I go home during the week, have visitors or receive telephone calls while I am in the academy?

    Answer 13: The Indiana State Police Recruit Academy is a resident academy Monday through Friday. Liberty may be granted and Recruits may make telephone calls when authorized by the Academy Command Staff. Liberty is not guaranteed and is earned based upon class performance. In emergency situations, special permission to make telephone calls may be granted by the Academy Commander. During all other times, Recruits will not be permitted to have visitors of a non-emergency nature.

    Jump MarkQuestion 14: Since the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy is a resident academy, when will my time off begin?

    Answer 14: Your time off will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening and will conclude at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. You may return to the academy on Sunday evening as directed by the Academy Staff, usually between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., or on Monday morning between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. You must sign “in” and “out” of the academy for liberty and time off throughout your training period. Reporting times may vary based on training needs, but you will be notified in advance of such changes. Free time may be available during this time period.

    Because of the intense training schedule, all Recruits will generally be confined to the Recruit Academy complex from 7:00 a.m. Monday until Friday evening, except for times when liberty is granted. Training may be conducted away from the academy complex.

    Jump MarkQuestion 15: Is a college education required?

    Answer 15: A college education is not required to be considered for a Trooper position. See the basic eligibility requirements listed for Question #2.

    Jump MarkQuestion 16: Do you earn college credits while attending the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy?

    Answer 16: Troopers who graduate from the academy may receive credit towards a degree in Criminal Justice from various colleges/universities throughout Indiana. The number of transferable credit hours will be up to each individual college or university. Vincennes University, for example, offers college credit hours for completing the Recruit Academy and additional college credits with documented full-time police experience. Indiana Tech also has a robust program allowing Recruits to earn up to 51 credit hours while in the Academy. You may view the Indiana Tech program at the following link

    Jump MarkQuestion 17: Do you have an internship program?

    Answer 17: Yes. Refer to the “Internship” tab under Career Opportunities at the following link: Internship Program.

    Jump MarkQuestion 18: Does the Indiana State Police offer a Ride-Along program?

    Answer 18: Yes. The Ride-Along program is an informational experience that places prospective applicants with a working Trooper for a pre-selected amount of time. The participants will observe the Trooper’s operations to help them better understand police practices and aspects of traffic safety while assisting them in making an informed decision about a potential career. If interested in the Ride-Along program, contact your Recruiter:

    Jump MarkQuestion 19: Does my military credit count toward my final exam score for entrance into the academy?

    Answer 19: Although you will not receive credit per se for prior military service, the Indiana State Police does look for well-rounded applicants (life experience, military experience, work experience, education, etc.) to attend the academy. Military experience is a desirable employment history the Indiana State Police considers.

    Jump MarkQuestion 20: I was in the military/prior to law enforcement. Can I apply my military/prior law enforcement time to my retirement with the Indiana State Police?

    Answer 20: You may purchase your years of military service and/or prior full-time, paid law enforcement experience within Indiana to count toward your years of service. You should also remember you cannot be 40 years of age at the time of appointment. Mandatory retirement occurs at age 65.

    Jump MarkQuestion 21: Does the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy qualify for the G.I. Bill?

    Answer 21: Yes. You will receive additional information on the first day of the Academy. You will be required to complete additional paperwork to receive this benefit. Your specific benefit will be determined by the Veterans Administration and will be based upon your individual experiences while you served in the military.

    Jump MarkQuestion 22: I am active military. When is the best time to apply?

    Answer 22: The selection process takes approximately five months to complete. Military personnel are encouraged to apply while still on active duty if their estimated time of separation is on/before the Military Obligation Program (MOP) deadline (posted on the ISP Home page). Additional information on the MOP can be found at the following link: Military Obligation Program.

    Jump MarkQuestion 23: What is the Military Obligation Program (MOP)? Who qualifies for the MOP?

    Answer 23: The Military Obligation Program (MOP) allows applicants serving on active duty in the United States Military to complete several phases of the selection process at an accelerated pace. Everyone must complete all phases of the selection process. The MOP allows those qualified to report to Indianapolis, IN for two days where they will complete the written test, physical abilities test, structured oral interview and polygraph examination.

    The Indiana State Police Department will consider the following factors for placement into the Military Obligation Program:

    1. You must be currently in active duty status with a branch of the United States Armed Forces.
    2. You must have military obligations restricting your participation and availability to travel for the required phases of the selection process.
    3. Your Estimated Time of Separation (ETS) from your United States Military Obligation must conclude prior to the Military Obligation Program deadline.
    4. You must be available for testing on/after the specified deadline (posted on the ISP Home page). For more information, view the following link: a data-cke-saved-href="[ioID]06B1EDA2D8A54BD98F25358B6B7910AE" href="/isp/career-opportunities/state-troopers/military-obligation-program" title="Military Obligation Program" target="_blank">Military Obligation Program.
    Jump MarkQuestion 24: What are the opportunities for advancement?

    Answer 24: There are many advancement opportunities within the Indiana State Police. Every Trooper has the potential to rise through the ranks. All Troopers have the opportunity to participate in the promotional process, which consists of a written test and structured oral interview. Other factors considered for promotion include years of service, education, military service, and performance evaluations.

    Jump MarkQuestion 25: What other career opportunities are available?

    Answer 25: There are a wide variety of civilian support positions within the Indiana State Police. Included in these are: Regional Dispatchers, Motor Carrier Inspectors, and Indiana State Capitol Police Officers. In addition, there are a number of civilian positions encompassing nearly every educational discipline. To view current civilian employment opportunities within the Indiana State Police, please visit the following link: .

  • Traditional Selection Process Timeline

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  • Lateral Selection Process Timeline

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