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Minimum Requirements

No degree or law enforcement experience required

    Driving Record

    In the two years prior to the beginning of the selection process for a recruit school, applicants cannot have:
  • An assessment of eight or more points
  • Three or more moving violations
  • Two or more traffic crashes resulting in moving violations or civil infractions
  • In the four years prior to the beginning of the selection process for a recruit school, applicants cannot have:
  • A conviction of driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • A conviction of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including impaired driving
  • Two or more convictions of reckless driving

    Criminal History Disqualifications

  • A felony conviction or a reasonable belief the applicant committed a felony is cause for automatic disqualification from the selection process. This includes felony convictions expunged or set aside.
  • A conviction of a penal law punishable by imprisonment of more than one year. The misdemeanor convictions listed below are cause for automatic disqualification from the selection process:
    • i. A misdemeanor involving the use of a firearm or dangerous weapon with the intent to injure, or the use of a firearm or dangerous weapon involving force or violence or the threat of force or violence.
    • ii. A misdemeanor involving criminal sexual conduct.
    • iii. A misdemeanor involving abuse or neglect.
    • iv. A one-year misdemeanor involving unlawful entry/breaking and entering.
    • v. A misdemeanor involving embezzlement.
    • vi. A misdemeanor involving a moving violation resulting in death or serious impairment of a bodily function.
    • vii. A one-year misdemeanor involving larceny, theft, or fraud.
    • viii. A misdemeanor involving domestic assault or stalking.
    • ix. A misdemeanor involving a controlled substance.
    • x. Operating while intoxicated/drugged, 2nd offense within seven years
  • Disclosure of drug use does not preclude an applicant from moving forward in the selection process and will be evaluated on case by case basis.
  • A misdemeanor conviction involving any of the above categories for an applicant that was charged as an adult and settled by pre-trial diversion, plea bargain, set aside, deferment, Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA), or expungement, are automatically disqualified from the selection process.
  • Juvenile (16-years-old or prior) misdemeanor convictions, adjudications and court actions including expungements, HYTA, pre-trial diversions, plea bargains, set asides, and deferments will be decided on a case-by-case basis
  • Applicants will be permanently disqualified from our process for intentionally providing False, Misleading or Inaccurate information.

Hiring Process

Salary and Benefits

Recruits are employees of the MSP on the first day of recruit school and do not pay for their training. Recruits also receive full insurance and other benefits while attending recruit school.


Recruits receive $3,900 per month during training


Starting salary is approximately $50,000, not including overtime and shift premiums


Through annual step increases, after six years of service an officer’s base salary increases to over $68,000
  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Life insurance

  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave

  • 13 vacation days the first calendar year

  • 13 paid sick days the first calendar year

  • 13 paid holidays per year

  • Uniforms and equipment are provided

  • Uniform cleaning allowance

Recruit School

After Graduation

Post Placement:

Applicants are asked to submit preferred post locations when receiving their conditional offer of employment with their most preferred as number one. Every effort is made to fulfill their request while balancing the personnel needs of the agency. Applicants will receive their post assignment in their Appointment Letter.

Field Training Officer Program:

After graduation, recruits become probationary motor carrier officers assigned to posts across the state. Each new motor carrier officer is assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) at the post and accompanies the FTO on all his/her assignments and shifts. At the completion of the probation period, which lasts approximately 17 weeks, the new motor carrier officers are approved to work alone.


Officers are eligible to transfer to different post locations after completion of the training program.

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