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Special Notice
Becoming a Louisiana State Trooper
Application and Candidate Preparation Manual
State Police Applicant Process
Recruiting Contact Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Upcoming Events
Cadet Test Schedule
State Police Training Academy
Retirement Benefits
Recruiting Video
Pre-Employment Doctor's Certification
Applicant's Certification and Release from Liability
Retired Trooper Bobby Smith's Address to Cadet Class 90

Special Notice

Thank you for your interest in the Louisiana State Police.

Louisiana State Police is continually looking for the best and brightest men and women to embark on a career as a Louisiana State Trooper and is currently accepting applications through our Louisiana State Police Commission. Their web page is:  http://laspc.dps.louisiana.gov

At this time, we anticipate LSP Cadet Class 96 will begin in the spring of 2017; however, dates are always subject to change. LSP Cadet Class 95 began in November of 2016 with an anticipated graduation date of April 2017.

Please take some time to look at the LSP web page and LSP Recruiting page where you can find more information about our recruiting and training process:  http://www.lsp.org/recruit.html

To reach a LSP Recruiter, please email

Becoming a Louisiana State Trooper

The decision to become a Louisiana State Trooper is the decision to embark on a career, a new and exciting way of life of dedicated service to the citizens of this state, where no two days are exactly alike. As a member of this elite department, you will have unique opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis. You will be continuously called upon to uphold the rich traditions of the officers of this Department who have preceded you in vigilantly protecting the citizens of Louisiana.

Becoming a Louisiana State Trooper is a long, arduous process. Only a small number who apply are ultimately accepted after successfully passing a written exam, an oral interview, and an in-depth background check. The State Police Academy is the starting point for all new Troopers.


  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Have a minimum of
    1. Two (2) years of experience as a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified peace officer in a full-time position, whose job duties include armed duty with the power of arrest, (jailer/correctional officer experience does not qualify); or
    2. A minimum of sixty (60) semester hours from an accredited college or university, (must provide transcript or degree); or
    3. Any two (2) year combination of Options 1 and 2 above, whereby thirty (30) semester hours will be equivalent to one (1) year of experience; or
    4. Three (3) years of continuous active military duty in the United States Military, (must provide a DD-214 or letter from current commanding officer verifying service), effective October 1, 2001.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Pass a written examination with a competitive score.
  • Undergo a physical agility evaluation, including a drug screen.
  • Pass an extensive background investigation, including a polygraph examination.
  • Pass an oral interview.
  • Pass a thorough medical examination.
  • Possess a valid Louisiana driver's license at time of selection.
  • Successfully complete the required State Police Training Academy program.

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Application and Candidate Preparation Manual

We are an equal opportunity employer.

You may download an application to apply to become a Louisiana State Trooper.

To view or print the application or prep manual you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.  To download the free software click on the button below:

If you need more information, please or the

Louisiana State Police Commission
PO Box 66555
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
(225) 925-7057.

State Police Applicant Process

Step 1: Entrance Exam

The entrance test is a pass/fail exam. Results are mailed within 4-6 weeks after the exam. Once an applicant has passed the written exam, the applicant is advised by the State Police Commission that the next phase of the process will be handled by the Office of State Police. If an applicant fails the written test, re-application can be made by sending a letter to the State Police Commission requesting to be scheduled for another test date.

Step 2: Availability/Personal Data Questionnaire Packet

After passing the written test, and when the department schedules an academy class, applicants are mailed a packet, including an Availability/Personal Data Questionnaire to be returned within two weeks.

Step 3: Physical Condition Assessment

In order to be considered for employment, applicants must pass a Physical Condition Assessment. The Physical Condition Assessment is comprised of three events: push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run for time. Applicants are graded by Cooper's Standards for Law Enforcement Personnel. The standards are listed below:

Entrance Standards - Male

Activity Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
1.5 Mile Run 14:06 14:34 15:22 16:46 19:10
1 Minute Sit-Up Test 33 30 24 19 15
1 Minute Push-Up Test 22 17 11 9 6

Entrance Standards - Female

Activity Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
1.5 Mile Run 16:46 17:38 18:38 20:32 22:44
1 Minute Sit-Up Test 24 20 14 10 3
1 Minute Push-Up Test 10 8 6 -- --

Step 4: Background Investigation and Polygraph

A background investigation will be conducted of all applicants who turn in the Availability/Personal Data Questionnaire packets. While the backgrounds are being conducted, a polygraphist will contact each applicant to schedule a polygraph exam. This process can take several months for completion, depending on when an academy class is scheduled.

Step 5: Oral Interview

Applicants will receive a letter informing them of their scheduled date for appearance before an oral interview board.

Step 6: Selection of Candidates

Upon completion of the applicant process, applicant information will be assembled in a candidates' pool. This information will be reviewed for available positions by members of the selection board. Candidates will then be selected in a nondiscriminatory manner.

Step 7: Conditional Offer of Employment

All selected candidates will receive a letter for Conditional Offer of Employment. If a candidate accepts the offer, he/she must sign and return the letter before a specified deadline.

Step 8: Medical Examination, Drug Test and Psychological Evaluation

Upon acceptance of the Conditional Offer of Employment, candidates are required to report for a medical exam, drug test and a psychological evaluation by a licensed, contracted physician on our staff. Another physical condition assessment will be given during this step.

Step 9: Final Offer of Employment

After passing the medical exam, drug test and psychological evaluation, candidates will receive a letter for a Final Offer of Employment. They will be required to sign and return the letter before a specified deadline.

Step 10: Start of Academy

All candidates who accept the Final Offer of Employment will receive information regarding the Academy reporting date and time as well as a list of required items to bring with them.

* The entire Applicant Process can take approximately 9-12 months or longer, depending on budget issues and when the Academy Class is scheduled to begin.

* If the applicant is not selected for hire, they may submit a letter to the Louisiana State Police Commission (P.O. Box 66555, Baton Rouge, La 70896-6555), requesting that their name be placed back on the eligibility list.

Recruiting Contact Information

Lt. Nick Manale

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location
Oct 27, 2016 Career Fair at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, MS (Seabee Base) NCBC Fleet and Family Support Center
5301 Snead Street Building 30
Gulfport, MS 39501
Nov 2, 2016 Fletcher Technical Community College
Fall 2016 Career Fair, Schriever Campus
Main Building Atrium
1407 Highway 311
Schriever, LA
Nov 3, 2016 Fort Polk Job Fair Fort Polk, LA
Nov 14, 2016 South Louisiana Community College
Career Fair, Lafayette Campus
Devalcourt Auditorium
Lafayette, LA
Nov 25, 2016 2016 Bayou Classic Career & College Expo Hyatt Regency
New Orleans, LA

Cadet Test Schedule

For cadet testing information contact:
Debbie Givens
Louisiana State Police Commission

LSP Commission Website

State Police Training Academy


Effective 02/02/2015, Cadets now enjoy an entrance rate of $46,610.00 annually, $49,448.55 upon successful completion of the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program, and $50,932.01 after one year.

  • Beginning salary of $3,884.17 per month while attending the Academy
  • After completion of the FTO Program, a salary of $4,120.71 per month
  • After one year, a salary of $4,244.33 per month
  • Monthly expense account for uniform maintenance and footwear purchases
  • Uniforms, weapons, and equipment are provided by the Department.
  • Individually assigned patrol cars, including off-duty use
  • Excellent medical and retirement benefits
  • Vacation and sick leave accrued at an hourly rate
  • A portion of the total cost of group life and health insurance is paid by the state.
  • Troopers belonging to a reserve component of the armed forces and placed on active military duty are granted up to 15 days leave with pay per year and are entitled to leave without pay should longer periods of active duty be necessary.
  • GI Bill for Active Duty Service members while in training receive an additional $1,000/month.
  • GI Bill for National Guard/Reservists while in training receive an additional $400/month.
  • Meals and lodging are included for cadets in training.
  • All hours worked over regular working hours are compensated at the rate of time and one-half.
  • Troopers have the opportunity to supplement their income by working off-duty details.

Retirement Benefits

  • The Department offers an excellent retirement package for its employees based on maximum salary, age of employee, and years of service.
  • Retirement credit is earned at 3 1/3% per year of service:
    * 66.6% of regular salary with 20 years of service after age 50
    * 99.9% of regular salary with 30 years of service after age 50