State police testing trooper recruits

August 29, 2018

The Wayne County News

DUNBAR - The West Virginia State Police is currently testing trooper recruits and has a few more dates open for applicants.

Those interested are required to pass a physical ability test prior to being eligible to take a 14-minute written test. A suitability test will be administered on the same day to applicants who successfully pass both the physical ability and written tests.

The suitability test consists of some reading, writing and mathematical skill abilities as well as the completion of personal and life history information. There is no study guide available for this test. Applicants advancing to the suitability test can plan to stay all afternoon and lunch will be provided. No enlistments will be made at this time and applicants should make plans to return to their home immediately following testing.

Information reference the physical ability requirements along with a sample of the written test is available at www.wvsp.gov.

On applicants date of choice, he or she should report to the testing site and bring a completed Application for West Virginia State Trooper (except if you previously submitted an application and it is already on file), valid photo ID, running shoes and appropriate exercise attire. Applicants are encouraged to attend the early test dates and do not be late, so arrive well before 9 a.m. to check in.

Minimum qualifications for eligibility include must be at least 21 years of age and no more than 39 years of age prior to enlistment, possess a high school diploma or GED and valid driver’s license for two years prior to making application. Applicants may test at the age of 20 with the understanding that they will be 21 prior to the tentative enlisted date of Jan. 7, 2019.

Salary and benefits for positions include $3012.83 per month ($36,154 annual) and $3617.83 per month upon Academy graduation ($43,414 annual). Competitive benefits package including life and health insurance, retirement, paid holidays, paid vacations, veterans’ incentive and more. Vacation and sick leave are accrued each month. Troopers participate in the state health insurance program and are covered by the troopers retirement Plan B. Time and a half is earned for hours worked over 40 each week and special overtime is available through a variety of programs. Uniforms, ordinance and other equipment are provided.

The following testings dates will be available for applicants at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Dunbar:

- 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29

- 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7

- 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

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