General Requirements

  • An applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  • An applicant must possess a valid operator's (driver's) license.
  • An applicant must have reached the age of eighteen (18) years in order to be admitted as a candidate to the state police training school. The maximum age of admission to the Training Academy is age thirty-five (35).
  • An applicant must be a high school graduate, or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) issued by a State Department of Education
  • There are no maximum or minimum height requirements.
  • An applicant's weight must be in proportion to his/her height.
  • An applicant must possess visual acuity of 20/40 (binocular vision) or better without correction, and visual acuity of 20/20 or better with corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses).
  • An applicant must possess normal color and depth perception as determined by a Division physician.
  • An applicant must possess normal hearing ability, as determined by a Division physician.
  • An applicant must not have any tattoos or other body art which is visible while in Division uniform or on duty if not in uniform.

Personal Survey

Service in the Rhode Island State Police requires active, intelligent people whose reputations are above reproach. High moral, mental, and physical standards are demanded and maintained.

  • Are you willing to have your personal background thoroughly investigated?
  • Can you undergo an intensive academic and physical training program?
  • Are you willing to attend a strict, regimented and disciplined paramilitary style training academy?
  • Are you willing to be separated from your family during a twenty-four (24) week recruit training program?
  • Can your family adjust to your absence while you are undergoing recruit training?
  • Are you willing, when required, to work long irregular hours and endure hardships and danger in the performance of your duty?
  • Are you willing to abide by the rules and regulations of the Rhode Island State Police and enforce the law impartially?

Training Requirements

Recruits receive extensive police training and education in law enforcement areas.

  1. Recruits must successfully complete all academic courses.
  2. After instruction on the care and use of the Division-issued service weapons, all recruits must qualify with these weapons in accordance with Rhode Island State Law.
  3. Recruits are required to reside at the Training Academy. Lodging is provided for recruits at no cost; however, recruits are required to pay for all meals and Academy uniforms.
  4. Recruits must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in their physical abilities and skills.
  5. A rigorous program of physical conditioning, including calisthenics, hand-to-hand combat, and combatives is conducted during the training process.
  6. A progressive functional fitness program designed to strengthen the recruit's overall fitness is conducted during the Training Academy.
  7. The ability to perform basic swimming skills is required to successfully complete the Basic Rescue and Water Safety Course.
  8. Recruits are instructed in pursuit and defensive driving techniques and must demonstrate a high level of proficiency during this course of training.