Trooper Career FAQs

Q: How do I apply for the Missouri State Highway Patrol? A: Please complete a Pre-Employment Inquiry form on-line. Once you have submitted the inquiry form, you will receive (within two business days) your userid and password. Once you receive your userid and password, you will need to create your Personal History Statement on-line. Q: I have applied before and did not make it. Will I be notified of the next testing? A: If you have submitted a Pre-Employment Inquiry form on-line for a previous process, you may go on-line to the registered applicant log-in and add an additional recruit class. You must reapply to be considered for a future selection process. Q: I want to send in my résumé and letters of recommendation. Where do I send them? A: There is no need to submit a résumé, letter of reference, or recommendation. If you reach the background investigation stage of the process, it may be beneficial to provide references and additional documentation to the officer completing the background investigation so it may be reviewed by the Oral Interview Board. Q: How long is the academy? A: The academy is approximately twenty-five weeks long. Q: Where is the academy? A: The Highway Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy is located in Jefferson City, Missouri, at the General Headquarters Complex. Q: Do I have to live at the academy? A: Academy recruits are required to reside in the academy complex through the duration of training. Recruits normally report to the academy on Sunday evenings and are released on Friday evenings. Q: How much does the academy cost? A: If you are selected to attend the academy, you are hired as a full-time Patrol employee and the academy is at the expense of the Patrol. Q: I am a police officer or currently certified in Missouri or another state. Can I transfer into the Highway Patrol? A: No. There is currently no procedure for a lateral transfer into the organization. All applicants selected for the academy begin in academy recruit status and, upon academy completion, are assigned to a Field Training Officer. Q: Can I get credit for law enforcement training I currently have? A: All applicants who attend the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy, regardless of past training or experience, enter at the same rank and pay grade. Q: Do I have to move? A: Applicants must be willing to relocate anywhere in the state of Missouri. Efforts are made to accommodate the requests of recruits' first duty assignments within reason, but the needs and mission of the Patrol are the final determining factor. Q: What can I do to prepare myself for the Highway Patrol's testing? A: The first phase of testing consists of reading comprehension and writing skills. The current test is multiple choice and explained in the Selection Process Description. You may visit your local library or adult learning center to obtain information or materials that may help you in this form of testing. Be sure you have adequate sleep and eat properly prior to taking the test. For the physical testing, refer to the Fitness For Duty Assessment. It will obviously benefit you to be in the best physical condition to complete the test and score well. A routine regimen of running, sit-ups, push-ups, and various cardiovascular exercises will benefit you. Q: If I am hired, will I have health insurance for myself and my family? A: The effective date of health insurance coverage for a new employee and family will be on the first day of the next calendar month following the date of employment. If the new employee was enrolled in the Patrol's plan as a dependent immediately prior to the date of employment, the creditable service requirement is waived. The effective date of coverage is subject to submission of proper application and payment of any required contribution. Q: I have a tattoo. Is that okay? A: This is listed in the Minimum Requirements for employment. Highway Patrol General Order 41-02 requires the following: "Members will not have tattoos or brands that a reasonable person would find offensive, such as tattoos or brands depicting or supporting criminal behavior, drug usage, nudity, profanity, promiscuity, subversive groups, bigotry, etc. Members will not have tattoos or brands on the head, neck, hands or below the upper six- inch portion of the arms, or any part of the body which would be visible while in uniform." Applicants must sign a "Declaration of Tattoos or Brands" waiver stating they have no tattoos or brands in violation of the General Order. If an applicant does have a tattoo fitting the listed criteria, such person must be willing to take appropriate measures to have such tattoo(s) removed or altered to be considered for employment. The process of tattoo removal must be at the applicant's expense, and removal must be completed by academy graduation.