Employment Opportunities

The Pennsylvania State Police offers challenging and rewarding career opportunities for those who are committed to serving the public. Positions include Troopers, Liquor Enforcement Officers, Police Communications Operators, Forensic Specialists, and many other civilian jobs.

Current Announcements

Cadet Classes – The 140th Cadet Class will commence training on August 18, 2014 with 115 Cadets.  Appointment letters have been released to applicants fully processed and awaiting appointment from prior Eligibility Lists.  Applicants who reported for Physical Readiness Testing in April and July 2014 will be considered for appointment to future Cadet classes.  Applicants may update their contact information by sending an e-mail to the Officer Placement Unit at ra-pspcadetprocess@pa.gov including full name, last four digits of the Social Security Number (at minimum), and any other information to be updated. - Updated 07/24/2014

Current State Police Cadet Testing Announcements - Updated 04/21/2014

Current Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee Testing Announcements - Updated 04/21/2014

Employment Information

Pennsylvania State Trooper - Learn about the salary, benefits, and career as a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper. For more information about being a Trooper and having the career of a lifetime, please visit our recruitment site - www.PATrooper.com. Additionally, you may contact one of the Pennsylvania State Police Recruiters or contact us via our Toll Free Number: 1-877-PACADET.

State Police Cadet - Prior to becoming a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper, all recruits enter the PSP Academy under the rank of Cadet. A State Police Cadet is a person who has been appointed to complete the basic training necessary to become a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper. Both Cadets and Troopers must meet the Department's Eligibility Requirements and pass the Cadet Selection Procedures.

  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Cadet Selection Procedures
  • Apply online at https://www.psppublicweb.pa.gov/CadetLEOT/ 
  • Liquor Enforcement Officers- Learn about the salary, benefits, and career as a Liquor Enforcement Officer. Liquor Enforcement Officers are responsible for conducting investigations performed through undercover operations and open inspections of licensed or unlicensed liquor establishments. They have the power and duty to arrest for violations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Code and specific Crimes Code-related offenses.

    Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee - Prior to becoming a Liquor Enforcement Officer, all trainees enter a 13-15 week training period. The training is purposely designed to eliminate any applicant who does not possess the necessary intelligence, emotional stability, or physical stamina to meet the requirements. Both Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainees and Liquor Enforcement Officers must meet the Department's Eligibility Requirements and pass the Selection Procedures.

  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Selection Procedures
  • Apply online at https://www.psppublicweb.pa.gov/CadetLEOT/
  • Contact a Recruiter for further information

  • Civilian Employment - Gaining civilian employment with the Pennsylvania State Police and thus, the Commonwealth, is different from gaining employment with a private organization/company. Job titles are designated as being either Non-Civil Service or Civil Service. This designation determines the applicable placement procedures for a given classification.

    Police Communications Operators - Work involves receiving, dispatching and coordinating communications at a Pennsylvania State Police installation. These positions are staffed twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week, including weekends and holidays. The annual salary is $36,616.00 as of July 1, 2012.

    Forensic Laboratory Career Opportunities - The Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Forensic Services provides unique career opportunities for the analysis of criminal evidence. Positions include: Civilian Forensic Scientist, and Enlisted Forensic Examiners. 

    Interns, Associates, and Trainees- The Pennsylvania State Police employs several types of interns, associates, and trainees depending on its operational needs and budget constraints. Currently, the Department has limited participation in these programs due to budget constraints.

    Contacting the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Human Resources

    Pennsylvania State Police
    Bureau of Human Resources
    1800 Elmerton Avenue
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania  17110
    Fax:  (717) 772-1436


    General Inquiries


    Civilian Placement


    Cadet/Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee Testing


    Cadet Processing or Employment Inquiries


    Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee Processing or Employment Inquiries


    On the Web: Bureau of Human Resources Overview

    Additional Links:

    The Pennsylvania State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer