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State Introduces Measures to Increase State Police Recruitment

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced requests made by the New York State Police to help increase recruitment, have been approved.


The State Police have now raised the maximum age to apply to become a Trooper from 29 to now 34 years old. Increasing the maximum age helps the State Police’s goal of doubling the number of graduates from the State Police Academy beginning in 2024.

Acting New York State Police Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli said, “This change will allow us to recruit the most diverse and skilled group of candidates possible. There are many qualified candidates from the military or other careers who decide that they want to transition to the State Police, but because of the previous age requirement, some were not eligible. These are individuals that have a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to the job. The New York State Police has a proud tradition of excellence. By raising the age, we are ensuring that we have the best and most qualified candidates possible to carry on that legacy, and serve and protect the people of New York.”

The next New York State Trooper entrance exam will be held simultaneously with the application process beginning in July through September. Online testing centers will be administered for the exam to be more accessible.

Minimum exam qualifications include: being a US Citizen, between the ages of 20-34, and having a high school diploma or equivalent.

More information for those interested in becoming a New York State Trooper can be found HERE.

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