To perform the duties of State Trooper, an applicant must
demonstrate good judgment, thoroughness, conscientiousness, common sense,
motivation, and enthusiasm for the job. Troopers must be dependable and willing
to get involved in order to help deal with the problems of today's society.
Troopers must be able to assume responsibility, make decisions often under
pressure, work without supervision, follow orders, function in physical danger,
act under pressure, communicate well, and combine physical and mental resources.
Duties and Responsibilities
A Delaware State Trooper performs the following duties of
patrol, investigation, troop duties, maintenance activities, and special
- Patrol duties involve
directing traffic; assisting lost, stranded or disabled motorist;
approaching motorist on routine or non-routine violations; making arrests;
controlling crowds; and supporting other troopers in stressful situations.
Other patrol duties involve inspecting and safeguarding property, responding
to bank alarms, chasing violators on foot, checking buildings at night for
burglaries. Investigative duties include interviewing complainants and
witnesses; aiding injured people; handling fatal accidents and crime scenes;
responding to complaints involving vicious animals; using deadly force;
interrogating suspects; and executing search and arrest warrants.
- Troopers are required to
perform troop duties such as sending and receiving radio and teletype
messages; maintaining troop records; responding to telephone inquires
concerning such things as road conditions, locations, and the law; and
preparing written memoranda and reports.
- Troopers must maintain a good
personal appearance and physical condition. Troopers are tested on a regular
basis throughout their career to ensure they maintain sufficient aerobic
capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, coordination, flexibility,
percentage of body fat, and sufficient levels of neurological senses to
safety and effectively perform job functions. Other responsibilities include
proper care of division equipment, uniforms, and vehicles; and maintaining a
clean and orderly troop.
- Assignments are varied and may include securing major
disaster areas, participating in community and public relations programs,
escorting dignitaries, conducting speeches or lectures, training recruits
and or counseling youth. Manpower scheduling includes working weekends,
holidays, overtime, and inclement weather. Assignments may be physically
demanding including shift work. Patrol officers normally work a twelve (12)
hour rotating shift, working a maximum of three (3) consecutive days.
Troopers are frequently required to either substantially delay or forego
The duties of a trooper may become unpredictably hazardous
and require acute use of senses to discern various stimuli of danger. Troopers
typically operate alone and backup assistance is frequently not immediately
available. Troopers are often required without preparation to run long
distances, traverse rough terrain quickly, climb obstacles, remove injured of
unconscious people from harms way, engage in physical confrontations using
offensive and defensive tactics to subdue combative individuals, and to effect a
This description is illustrative only and is not intended
to represent the actual job description or imply that all duties are required
knowledge, skill and abilities are listed.
- Following recruit training at the Delaware State Police
Training Academy, all troopers begin their career as a patrol officer.
Delaware State Police sponsored training internally or outside the division
provide opportunities for developing special skills to work in the following
Delaware State Police units: