The state of New Hampshire typically has four hiring periods a year for positions with the State Trooper Patrol. New Hampshire State Trooper jobs include forensics, criminal investigations, canine handling and traffic control among many other duties and positions within the department. New Hampshire State Trooper training does not begin until after all five of the following steps are completed.
- Step One: Fill out an application
- Step Two: Pass a physical agility test and a written examination
- Step Three: Conduct an oral interview with the board
- Step Four: Receive conditional job offer
- Step Five: Attend and graduate from the training academy
Before beginning the application process, you will need to review the minimum requirements. The minimum requirements include the following:
- Must be at least 21 years of age and be a citizen of the United States
- Must have at least 20/40 vision when corrected
- Must be a resident of the state of New Hampshire and be willing to relocate anywhere in the state as needed by the department
- Must have a state issued driver’s license
- Can not have tattoos or piercings that are not covered by the uniform
- Must be of sound and moral character
- Must pass a criminal background check and not have any of the immediate disqualifiers
- Must have at least a high school diploma or GED. An Associate’s Degree from an accredited college, or the equivalent of 60 college credits are preferred for most positions, and required for some of them
- No experience is necessary, but those with criminal investigation, law enforcement, security and military experience are given preference over other applicants
When considering how to become a New Hampshire State Trooper, the process typically takes about four to six weeks from filling out the application to enrolling in the training academy.
Step 1. Submit Your Application
The application can be downloaded online in a variety of formats and must be completely filled-out to move onto the next steps in the process and eventually become a New Hampshire State Trooper.
- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
- Rasmussen College - Law Enforcement Associate's Degree and Post-Degree Certificates; Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degrees
- Michigan State University - Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis
- Saint Joseph's University - Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice
- Utica College - Online Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice
Step 2. Pass the Physical Agility Test and Written Exam
The physical agility exam includes performing a set number of sit-ups, push-ups, weight lifting and running a mile and a half in 11 minutes and 41 seconds or less.
The written examination must be passed with at least a score of 70-percent.
Step 3. Successfully Complete Board Interview
The oral board interview will then be conducted with you and a panel of professionals that work in the State Patrol and Safety departments in the state.
Step 4. Accept Your Conditional Offer
If you successfully pass all of the previous steps, you will be given a conditional job offer. The conditions are reliant on the passing of a polygraph test, a thorough background check and passing a drug test (which can occur unannounced at any point during the process.)
Step 5. Attend the Training Academy
The next step is enrollment in the training academy, which will include classes on firearm handling and safety, dealing with the public, psychology, criminal investigation and forensics, among many other subjects. Training at the academy lasts 14-weeks.