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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.

Selection Process

Troopers with their vehicles outside Legislative Hall


The Written Examination

  • Written Test: Measures cognitive abilities in the areas of memorization, visualization, reasoning, spatial orientation, written expression, written comprehension, problem sensitivity and information ordering (Multiple Choice).
  • Work Styles Inventory: Measures motivational, value-related and attitudinal characteristics (Multiple Choice).
  • Life Experience Survey: Measures past history and experience (Multiple Choice). Click here for the DSP Candidate Preparation Guide

The Physical Fitness Test

The Oral Board Interview

The oral board interview measures the ability to communicate information or ideas to other people in the areas of comprehension and reasoning, oral expression, interpersonal interactions, decision-making and initiating action.Visit the Important Documents page for a Study Guide

The Polygraph Interview

The Polygraph interview focuses on the areas of criminal activity, drug usage, employment history, financial decision-making and driving history.

The Background Investigation

The background investigation includes another in-depth interview with the candidate, as well as multiple interviews with the candidate’s family, friends, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, acquaintances, etc. The investigator will also verify the candidate’s education, employment, military, financial, criminal and traffic history.

A conditional offer of employment to selected applicants will be contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive medical examination, eye examination, psychological examination, and a final physical fitness assessment.

Decertification Review

The national and state decertification registry will be reviewed.

Training Academy

Recruits reside full-time (with weekends off) at the training facility for approximately 22 weeks of intensive and comprehensive police training. Studies involve a wide variety of topics including tactics, laws of arrest, criminal procedures, search and seizure, emergency vehicle operations, first aid, verbal judo, computer science, firearms proficiency, cultural diversity, and crisis intervention. Recruits must be willing and able to receive oleo-resin capsicum (O.C.) spray, as well as incapacitation from an electronic control device (Taser).

Upon successful completion of the live-in academy, the Recruit Trooper is assigned to one or more various troop locations for an additional 12 weeks of Field Training with veteran officers. Applicants must obtain Delaware residency and a Delaware driver’s license prior to their Field Training assignment.



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