Applicants who cannot swim are encouraged to enroll in a basic swimming program prior to their appointment as a State Police recruit.
Applicants who have never boxed might consider enrolling in a basic boxing program prior to their appointment as a State Police recruit.
Applicants who do not possess the necessary on-the-road driving experience are encouraged to obtain such experience prior to reporting to the Training Academy.
Training Academy uniforms, physical training gear, and other necessary equipment and materials are paid for by the recruits prior to entrance into the training program.
Recruits must provide their own transportation to and from the Training Academy. Parking spaces for recruit vehicles are allocated on the Training Academy grounds.
An applicant who does not have a college degree may wish to consider enrolling in a regionally accredited college or university. Enrolling in and matriculating as a student in either a bachelor's degree program in the field of criminal justice or an associate degree program, in which the credits would be accepted for transfer into a bachelor's degree, in the field of criminal justice may demonstrate a commitment to the field of law enforcement. Though a college education is not required, it is desirable.
Upon successful completion of the training program, a recruit is sworn in as a member of the State Police. After being sworn in as a member of the Division of State Police, a one (1) year probationary period begins. Assignments are based on the needs of the Division.