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What it means to be part of Louisiana's finest

Louisiana State Police is an organization with an incredibly rich history. Our motto, "Courtesy, Loyalty, Service," has given us direction and inspiration. As the men and women of this organization prepare for the future, we must reflect on the legacy and heritage left by those who preceded us.

Louisiana State Police provides public safety services across the state on numerous levels. Our primary function is to conduct proactive patrol of federal and state highways and interstates; investigate traffic crashes; enforce traffic laws; provide assistance to motorists; and support local law enforcement agencies. In addition, LSP regulates numerous industries across the state and has full investigative capabilities covering areas such as Insurance Fraud, Special Victims, Online Crimes, Auto Theft, Gaming Enforcement, Hazardous Materials, and many more. To learn more about the sections and responsibilities of the Louisiana State Police please visit: http://www.lsp.org/sections.html

Louisiana State Police is continually looking for the best and brightest men and women to embark on a career as a Louisiana State Trooper.

Applications for future Academy classes are currently being accepted through the Louisiana State Police Commission

To reach a LSP Recruiter, please email .

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  • 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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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

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 13:16 13:46 14:34 15:58 17:38
1 Minute Sit-Up Test 36 32 27 21 17
1 Minute Push-Up Test 26 20 15 10 8

Entrance Standards - Female

Activity Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
1.5 Mile Run 15:52 16:38 17:22 18:59 21:21
1 Minute Sit-Up Test 30 23 17 12 4
1 Minute Push-Up Test 13 9 7 -- --

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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.

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Application and Cadet Testing

We are an equal opportunity employer.

You may download an application to apply to become a Louisiana State Trooper at the Louisiana State Police Commission.

The Louisiana State Police Commission is responsible for the application and initial Cadet test. Please visit the LSPC website in order to fill out and submit your application. Additional information, including a Cadet test preparation manual, can be found on the Commission's website.

If you need more information, please or the Louisiana State Police Commission.

Cadet Test Schedule

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

LSP Commission Website

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Recruiting Contact Information

For more information on the LSP hiring process, upcoming events, and career opportunities available as a Louisiana State Trooper:


Lt. Robert Fontenot
Executive Officer / Recruiting Coordinator
Phone: (225) 925-6202
Fax: (225) 925-3717

Sgt. Monroe Dillon
Recruiting/Education Supervisor
Phone: (225) 925-6202
Fax: (225) 925-3717

Or contact your local LSP Public Information Officer at http://www.lsp.org/public.html

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