State police prepare to accept new trooper applications
Connecticut State Police officially announced that the application process to become a state trooper will be open from April 15 to May 31.
State police have been aggressively recruiting and hosting physical training sessions since February when Gov. Ned Lamont announced he would provide $1.15 million in funding to hire 100 troopers by this summer.
The ranks of the agency have been depleted after years without a major hiring process while 60 to 80 troopers have retired or left in the past since 2017. A hiring drive needed to take place quickly since more than half of the current state troopers will be eligible to retire by 2022, officials said. Staffing levels are about 300 troopers down from the full staffing level of 1,200.
Nearly every state police unit has been decimated by the retirements and lack of hiring process, according to a report state Department of Emergency Services ad Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella released to legislators earlier this year.
State police will need hundreds to apply when the official process opens on April 15 in order to find 100 suitable candidates who must pass a physical agility test, a background check, psychological testing and a polygraph. It takes six months to complete the State Police Academy and it will take another 10 to 12 weeks of field training before the newest recruits can hit the road on their own.
More information can be found on the Connecticut State Police Facebook page.