ALBANY (WENY) – Applications are now open for those interested in the next New York State Police Trooper Entrance Exam.
For the first time, the exam will be given online at authorized testing centers as part of an effort to make the exam more accessible to the public. State Police has contracted with Pearson VUE to offer the exam at 54 testing centers in New York State, more than 250 locations in the U.S. and 112 military locations around the world. Candidates will be able to choose where and when they take the exam. Previously, the exam was written and candidates were required to take it at a specific location, date and time.
The test will be administered from January through April 2022. Candidates will have a total of two hours to complete the exam; there is a $20 fee to take the test and an additional $35 fee payable once the candidate picks a testing site, date and time.
Additionally, NYSP has redesigned its recruitment program to reach more female and minority candidates, included meeting with leaders in communities that are underrepresented within law enforcement and creating recruitment teams in each trooper to network at events and within neighborhoods.
Currently, the New York State Police has roughly 4,640 sworn members. Approximately 6% are Hispanic, 4% are Black, 1% are Asian or Pacific Islander and 11% are women.
State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen said, “The New York State Police has a reputation and tradition of excellence. To maintain and build upon that reputation, we need to attract the most talented and diverse group of candidates possible. Being a state Trooper is about helping people and being a force for justice. We encourage anyone who is looking for a rewarding and exciting career to sign up for the exam.”
Candidates can learn about becoming a New York State Trooper and sign up to take the exam at joinstatepolice.ny.gov