Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) is informing constituents that on-line applications are now available for the upcoming statewide trooper examination. Exams are scheduled for Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, and will be offered at several locations around the state.

Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) is informing constituents that on-line applications are now available for the upcoming statewide trooper examination. Exams are scheduled for Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, and will be offered at several locations around the state.

Those interested in becoming a Trooper can apply on-line at www.NYTROOPER.com. On-line applications must be submitted by midnight EST Sept. 8. Results from the examination will establish an eligibility list that may remain in effect for a maximum of four years.
 
Several technology improvements have been added to the application process for 2013. Applicants can now use PayPal to pay for the application fee in addition to a Visa or MasterCard. The application has also been optimized for mobile devices. To help reduce paper and mailing costs, applicants with military service can now upload their supporting documents as PDF or scanned images directly into their application. Lastly, applicants who provide an e-mail address will receive confirmation of their submission. Notifications will also be sent when updates, such as changing a testing location or date, are made to their application on-line.
 
Opportunities within the State Police include training and membership in specialized units as well as opportunities for advancement through the State Police ranks and assignments to specialized details and units.
 
Currently, a Trooper’s starting salary is $50,374 during Academy training. Upon graduation, the salary increases to $66,905, and after one year to $71,261, with additional salary steps during the first five years of service. After five years, a Trooper’s salary increases to $84,739, with additional longevity payments through 25 years of service.

Qualifications to be a New York State Trooper include: Must be a citizen of the United States and be at least 20 years old and must not have reached their 30th birthday by the date of the application deadline. Except the maximum age may be extended one year for each year of full-time active federal military duty – up to a maximum of 6 years.

Must be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment and must be appointed prior to 36th birthday, except the maximum age may be extended one year for each year of full-time active Federal military duty – up to a maximum of 6 years.

Must be a New York State resident and have a valid New York State driver’s license at time of appointment.

Must be able to pass a Physical Ability Test: sit-ups, push-ups and a one-and-one-half mile run.

Must be able to work rotating shifts any day of the week, including holidays.

Vision Requirements: uncorrected – no worse than 20/100 in each eye able to be corrected to 20/20 in each eye. Correction may be achieved using glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Color blindness is disqualifying.

Must comply with New York State policy which requires all members to present a neat and professional appearance at all times. Tattoos, brands, body piercings and other body art shall not be visible while a member is in uniform or other business attire. The uniform includes the short sleeve shirt open at the front of the neck. In addition to visibility, some tattoos or brands may have symbolic meanings that are inconsistent with the values of the New York State Police.

Must possess a graduate certificate from a senior high school or a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma or Military GED certificate or a high school equivalency diploma converted to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma.

Must also have completed 60 college credit hours at an accredited college of university at the time of appointment. Thirty college credits may be waived if the candidate has either received an Honorable Discharge from the United States military after two years of active military service or successfully completed a Certified Police Officer Training Course approved by, or equivalent to a course approved by, the New York State Municipal Police Training council. A certified Peace Officer Training course does not qualify.

Must be of good moral character. A felony conviction or a dishonorable discharge, from any military service, is an automatic disqualifier.

Must successfully complete a medical examination, vision test, hearing test, background investigation including polygraph examination, and psychological evaluation to be appointed.