ALBANY - Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C,I-Chautauqua) is encouraging local residents to take the new troopers examination.
The deadline to apply to take the exam is Sunday, Sept. 8. Exams are scheduled for Saturdays, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. Due to the size of the candidate population for the examination, testing times and locations will be determined at a later date and each applicant's individual testing time and location will appear on their admission notice.
"Our state police provide residents with an invaluable service," Goodell said. "Troopers serve our community in a very important capacity. It is a tremendously fulfilling career, compensated at a competitive salary. I encourage qualified residents to complete the online application as soon as possible."
To qualify, applicants must be 20 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of New York and possess a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must not have reached their 30th birthday by the date of the application deadline. Prospective candidates must also have passed medical and psychological screenings, as well as a background investigation. A full list of qualifications can be found at www.nyspnews.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=30865.
According to the New York State Police, a trooper's starting salary is $50,374 during academy training. Upon graduation, the salary increases to $66,905 and after one year it increases to $71,261.
Those interested may apply online or get additional information on becoming a New York State Trooper at www.NYTROOPER.com or by calling 1-866-NYSP-EXAM.