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The mission of the Delaware State Police Recruiting Unit is to attract highly motivated and highly qualified individuals who represent a diverse cross section of our Delaware communities. Through our recruiting efforts, we maintain a close relationship with our schools, universities, churches and civic organizations to ensure that we are creating the highest quality applicant pool that will in turn provide quality police service in our communities statewide.


We believe that it is never too early to begin recruiting; therefore much effort and resources are dedicated to our middle and high schools via in classroom presentations and attending career events sponsored by the schools. Our full-time and part-time Recruiters also attend college sponsored career fairs, military events targeting veterans and their families, and state and locally sponsored hiring events. Prospective applicants are kept abreast of their status as they navigate through the hiring process, always ensuring that all applicants meet the minimum qualifications set forth by the Division. In this mentoring role, the Recruiting Unit makes themselves available to the current and potential applicants by arranging ride alongs, conducting How to Succeed seminars, Mock PT tests, and allowing the applicants to meet with Recruiters on a one on one basis.


Trooper Recruiters present applicants with as many facts about policing in the 21st century, citing the inherent dangers and the many rewards and benefits of choosing a career with the Delaware State Police. Recruiters serve as role models of the Division’s high standards and are always seeking those individuals who express the desire and possess the qualifications to become a Delaware State Trooper. If you have a strong desire to serve and are interested in becoming part of an agency that is rich in tradition and history, contact a Recruiter today.



Jayson Jeffers
Sergeant Jayson Jeffers
Human Resources –
Full Time Recruiter
Phone: (302) 672-5410

Kristin Carroll
Corporal/3 Kristin Carroll
Human Resources –
Full Time Recruiter
Phone: (302) 672-5478

Adam Jewell Delaware State Police Recruiting Officer
Corporal/2 Adam Jewell
Human Resources –
Full Time Recruiter
Phone: (302) 672-5471


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

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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.

About the Job

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Job Elements

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 assignments:

  • Patrol duties involve directing traffic, assisting lost, stranded or disabled motorists, approaching motorists on routine or non-routine violations, making arrests, processing prisoners, 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, and checking buildings at night for burglaries. Investigative duties include interviewing complainants and witnesses, interrogating suspects, aiding injured people, handling motor vehicle crashes and crime scenes, responding to complaints involving vicious animals, using deadly force, and executing search and seizure warrants, as well as arrest warrants.
  • Troopers are required to perform troop duties such as sending and receiving radio, phone and electronic 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 testifying in court, securing major disaster areas, participating in community and public relations programs, escorting dignitaries, conducting speeches or lectures, training recruits and or counseling youth. Scheduling includes working weekends, holidays, overtime, and in inclement weather. Assignments may be physically demanding including shift work. Patrol officers normally work a 12-hour rotating shift, working a maximum of 3 consecutive days. Troopers are frequently required to either substantially delay or forego regular meals.

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 or unconscious people from harm’s way, engage in physical confrontations using offensive and defensive tactics to subdue combative individuals, and to effect forceful arrests.


  • Competitive salary – During training over $55,000. After training over, $65,000.
  • Excellent pension plan – (Mandatory retirement at 55, the option to retire at 20 years, further details are available upon request or should be referred to the Pension Office and/or their website)
  • 12-hour shifts with option of standby status for court.
  • State-share health insurance.
  • Division-issued equipment and uniforms, with dry cleaning delivered to the troop.
  • Liberal vacation and sick leave.
  • College tuition assistance.
  • Take-home car with state-of-the-art information technology after 18 months.
  • Deferred Compensation/Investment Plan.
  • Tax-deferred medical/child care program.
  • Blood Bank membership.
  • Eligible membership for employee’s credit union.

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