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Delaware State Police Hiring Process


Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2023 Academy Class. To be considered for the Spring 2023 class, apply to 23-TROOPR-100 recruitment drive. Applicants must have an active application in the 100 recruitment to be considered for hire in that class.

Applicants that have any questions can reach out to

Please continue to check our website and your JobAps account frequently for the most up to date information regarding our hiring process.

The PT test and written test date, time and location will be forthcoming once everything has been confirmed. Please continue to check our website and your JobAps account for the most up to date information.

If you have any questions or need to make updates to your application, please contact the recruiting office at 302-739-5980 or email


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If you have any questions, please contact a recruiter at or 302.739.5980 or Marty McWilliams our Recruiting Outreach Coordinator at or 302.672.5479.


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“How to Succeed: In the Hiring Process” Seminars


Our next How to Succeed in the Hiring Process Seminar will be held in the Troop 7 Community Room on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 8:30am-11:30am. Being a current applicant is not required, the seminar is open to everyone. Space is limited, so you must reserve a seat by emailing




If you have any questions regarding the Trooper Application, please contact Cpl/2 Adam Jewell or Cpl/3 Kristin Carroll at (302) 739-5980 or by e-mail at or

If you have any questions regarding Civilian Employment Applications, please contact Mrs. Patricia Penrose at (302) 672-5473 or by e-mail at

If you are a background investigator, other agency requests should be forwarded with a signed authorization to release information to the Delaware State Police at






Below is the 2022 Calendar of Events for the Delaware State Police Recruiting Unit. A Recruiter will be present at all of the listed events, ready and willing to speak with you about your potential career as a Delaware State Trooper.


The Delaware State Police is an equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Cadet Program



In 1998, the Delaware State Police Cadet Program was authorized under the enabling legislation of House Bill # 478, which passed both houses during the 139th Session of the General Assembly.


We are now accepting applications for the position of Cadet.

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For more information or questions, email or call 302-739-5980.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Age – Must be between the ages of 18 to 21 to apply and enter the Cadet Program.
  • Residency – Must be a citizen of the United States and a Delaware Resident.
  • Education – Must be enrolled in a Delaware accredited university or college in an undergraduate program (full-time or part-time).
  • Driver’s License – Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Applicants interested in the Cadet Program must have a sincere interest in the position and a continuing interest in the law enforcement profession. Cadets may remain employed with the Division as a Cadet while actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, either full or part-time, up until their 24th birthday.


Selection Process:

Applicants will be required to undergo the successful completion of:

  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Background Investigation
  • Medical Testing*

*Following an offer of employment, the selected applicants will be examined by the Division’s health providers for compliance with Hearing, Vision, and Weight requirements, and will be given a complete medical examination to determine if the applicant is able to perform essential job functions.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The primary function of the Cadet Program, under enabling legislation of House Bill 478, is:

  • Enforcement of Handicapped Parking under Title 21, Chapter 41, Section 4183.
  • Enforcement of Fire Lane Parking under Title 21, Chapter 70, Section 7004.
  • Assisting with targeted enforcement efforts (i.e., red light enforcement)
  • Assisting with traffic control at Division-sponsored events. (i.e., Delaware State Police graduations, promotional ceremonies, etc.)
  • Assignment of various administrative tasks at troop/section level.



Delaware State Police Cadets are NOT Troopers and are limited in the scope of enforcement as listed above. Cadets are considered to be casual seasonal employees of the Division and thus are not entitled to benefits. Cadets will receive forty (40) hours of training at the Delaware State Police Training Academy prior to being assigned to a Troop.

The Delaware State Police is an equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Trooper beside Memorial Bell


Candidates must meet the following requirements prior to submitting an application:


Applicant must be a United States citizen.


Applicants must reach their 21st birthday prior to completion of the Academy training, and must not be older than 39 on the first day of the Academy.


Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and must have attained a minimum of 60 semester credits, or 90 quarter credits, from an accredited college or university OR one that is recognized by the U. S. Department of Higher Education OR 30 college credits along with two years of active duty military service.


An applicant with 30 college credits and any of the below-listed experience will be eligible for an accelerated Academy curriculum:

  • two years (post-training) as a full-time, Delaware-certified police officer.
  • or two years of full-time (post-training) experience as a state trooper from another state, having completed a paramilitary live-in state training academy.


(To compete for the rank of Sergeant, 60 college credits are required. A Bachelor’s Degree is required to compete for the ranks of Lieutenant and above.)


There is no residency requirement at time of application. However, Delaware residency is required by the completion of the academy training, prior to field training. Troopers are subject to assignment in any part of the state.

Driver’s License

Applicants must have a current valid driver’s license and at least one year of driving experience. An applicant with a prior driving suspension or revocation must have one year of reinstatement in order to be eligible to apply. Any alcohol-related driving arrests and overall driving history will be subject to review.


Applicants will test based upon the gender specified in the latest issued government identification at the time of testing.

Criminal Record and Activity

Any felony conviction is an automatic disqualification. Any criminal activity that would be considered a felony under Delaware law, federal law, or the law of the state in which the activity occurred is a disqualification. Applicants must have all prior criminal arrests expunged before being hired.  (Arrest or conviction for all other crimes and offenses are subject to evaluation).


Applicants must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm and must demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency with Divisional-issued weapons during the recruit training program.

Drug Usage

Any use of an illegal drug will be subject to review at the time the application is submitted, any prior use of a hallucinogenic drug, will be an automatic disqualification. All other drug use, including illegally using prescribed drugs, is subject to review.

Medical Marijuana

The Division recognizes federal guidelines/laws in reference to marijuana, therefore Medical Marijuana use is not permitted by applicants.


Weight must be in compliance with the Delaware State Police weight chart or maximum allowed body fat percentage. (View Weight Standards and other important recruiting documents)


Normal hearing.


Visual acuity can be no worse than 20/40 in each eye, uncorrected, and must be corrected to 20/20 with glasses or gas permeable contacts; or no worse than 20/200 in each eye uncorrected and must be corrected to 20/20 with soft contacts lenses only. The applicant shall have the ability to distinguish between the colors of red, green and amber; shall have normal depth perception and no pathology of the eyes.

Accommodation Requests:

To perform the job of Trooper successfully, an individual must be able to perform essential job duties satisfactorily. Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Delaware State Police will provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Lieutenant Kristin Willard, Assistant Director of Human Resources, at (302) 672-5481 or via email at To request an auxiliary aid or service, please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service number (800) 232-5460 for assistance.

*(Following an offer of employment, the selected applicants will be examined by the Division’s heath providers for compliance with the above requirements, and will be given a complete medical examination to determine if the applicant is able to perform essential job functions.)

The Delaware State Police is an equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.