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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.

Pennsylvania State Trooper 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 -  Additionally, you may contact one of the  Pennsylvania State Police Recruiters.

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.

Cadet Eligibility Requirements

Cadet Selection Procedures

Current State Police Cadet Testing Announcements 

Liquor Enforcement Officer Employment Information

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 an approximately 16 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. Positions are located throughout the state.  Both Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainees and Liquor Enforcement Officers must meet the Department's Eligibility Requirements and pass the Selection Procedures.

Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee Eligibility Requirements          

Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee Selection Procedures

Current Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee Testing Announcements    

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, transmitting, maintaining, and coordinating public safety information in support of Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) law enforcement functions.  These positions are staffed twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week, including weekends and holidays.

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

Contacting the PSP Human Resource Office

Pennsylvania State Police
Human Resource Office
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania  17110
Fax:  (717) 772-1436

Current or former PA State Police personnel who need to request employment verification should visit the Employment Verification Page.

​General Human Resource Inquiries:

​Civilian Employment

​Cadet/Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee Testing: ​

Cadet Processing or Employment Inquiries:​​

Liquor Enforcement Officer Trainee Processing or Employment Inquiries:

Additional Information - Recruitment Web Site
Pennsylvania State Police Equality and Inclusion Office

The Pennsylvania State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer.