Delaware State Trooper Job - Delaware State Police - Dover, Delaware

September 11, 2013

Delaware State Police

Position Title: Delaware State Trooper
Position Type: Civilian
Closing Date: 12/31/2014
Job Description

To perform the duties of State Trooper, an applicant must demonstrate good judgment, thoroughness, conscientiousness, common sense, motivation, and enthusiasm for the job. Troopers must be dependable and willing to get involved in order to help deal with the problems of today's society. Troopers must be able to assume responsibility, make decisions often under pressure, work without supervision, follow orders, function in physical danger, act under pressure, communicate well, and combine physical and mental resources.

Duties and Responsibilities:

A Delaware State Trooper performs the following duties of patrol, investigation, troop duties, maintenance activities, and special assignments.

  • Patrol duties involve directing traffic, assisting lost, stranded or disabled motorists, approaching motorists on routine or non-routine violations, making arrests, processing prisoners, controlling crowds, and supporting other troopers in stressful situations.
  • Other patrol duties involve inspecting and safeguarding property, responding to bank alarms, chasing violators on foot, and checking buildings at night for burglaries.
  • Investigative duties include interviewing complainants and witnesses, interrogating suspects, aiding injured people, handling motor vehicle crashes and crime scenes, responding to complaints involving vicious animals, using deadly force, and executing search and seizure warrants, as well as arrest warrants.
Additional Information

Training Academy

The Delaware State Police Training Academy is located in Dover, the capitol of Delaware, and has long been recognized as a leader in the field of training recruits and in-service personnel.

Recruits reside full-time (with weekends off) at the training facility for approximately 22 weeks of intensive and comprehensive police training. Studies involve a wide variety of topics including tactics, laws of arrest, criminal procedures, search and seizure, emergency vehicle operations, first aid, verbal judo, computer science, firearms proficiency, cultural diversity, and crisis intervention. Recruits must be willing and able to receive oleoresin capsicum (O.C.) spray, as well as incapacitation from an electronic control device (Taser).

Upon successful completion of the live-in academy, the Recruit Trooper is assigned to one or more various troop locations for an additional 12 weeks of Field Training with veteran officers.

Applicants must obtain Delaware residency and a Delaware driver's license prior to their Field Training assignment.

Job Requirements
  • Age : 20-39
  • Education : 60 credits or 30 credits with 2 years of active duty or a certified Delaware Police Officer.
  • Experience : None needed.
  • Additional Requirement :


    • Competitive Salary; during training $44,527, after training $50,735.
    • Excellent pension plan
      (option to retire after 20 years of service at 50% of salary, 67% of salary at 25 years of service and 85% of salary at 30 years of service. Retirement is mandatory at age 55.)
    • 12 hour shifts with option of standby status for court.
    • State-share health insurance.
    • Division-issued equipment and uniforms, with dry cleaning delivered to the troop.
    • Liberal vacation and sick leave.
    • College tuition assistance.
    • Take-home car with state-of-the-art information technology after 18 months.
    • Deferred Compensation/Investment Plan.
    • Tax-deferred medical/child care program.
    • Blood Bank membership.
    • Eligible membership for employee's credit union.


    (updated November, 2011)

    Candidates must meet the following requirements prior to submitting an application.

    • Citizenship:
      Applicant must be a United States citizen.
    • Age:
      Applicants must reach their 21st birthday prior to completion of the Academy training, and must not be older than 39 on the first day of the Academy.
    • Education:
      Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and must have attained a minimum of 60 semester credits, or 90 quarter credits, from an accredited college or university OR must have 30 college credits along with two years of active duty military service.

    An applicant with 30 college credits and any of the below-listed experience will be eligible for an accelerated Academy curriculum:

    two years (post-training) as a full-time, Delaware-certified police officer (or) two years of full-time (post-training) experience as a state trooper from another state, having completed a paramilitary live-in state training academy.

    To compete for the rank of Sergeant, 60 college credits are required. A Bachelor's Degree is required to compete for the ranks of Lieutenant and above

  • Salary Information
    Entry Level Salary: $44,750   annual
    Academy Graduate: $53,049   annual

    Contact Information

    Cpl/3. Cheryl Arnold
    Delaware State Police
    1441 N. DuPont Hwy.
    Dover, Delaware 19901
    ph: (302)739-5890

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