GSP recruiting for upcoming trooper schools

The Georgia State Patrol will be hosting a series of career fairs over the next several weeks as recruiting continues for upcoming trooper schools. Recruiters will be on hand in Cartersville, Newnan, Monroe, and Gainesville as the Department of Public Safety is seeking qualified candidates for its 93rd GSP Trooper School that begins in January.

A career fair will be held Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Georgia State Patrol Post 46 in Monroe. The post is located at 317 Ga. Highway 11 South in Monroe.

Successful candidates must be a U.S. citizen, possess a diploma from an accredited high school or G.E.D, and must be 21 years old upon graduation from Trooper School. Applicants must also successfully pass the pre-employment process, which includes a background investigation and polygraph, oral interview, physical fitness test, psychological and medical evaluations, and meet other requirements for certification as a peace officer set by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.).

The annual minimum salary while in Trooper School is $34,038 and increases to $35,741 annually upon Trooper School graduation.

The Physical Fitness Program is an evaluation based on the recommendation of the Cooper's Institute in terms of absolute standards (same job = same standard). These standards are reflective of the minimum fitness level an individual must possess to perform their job regardless of their age or gender. The following events will comprise the assessment:

Event and Minimum Standard

300 Meter Sprint -- 90 seconds or faster

Bench Press -- (1 repetition) 67 percent of body weight

Push Ups -- 21

Sit Ups -- 30 in one minute

These are the minimum standards for consideration for employment. The Trooper School cadets will be required to be at a much higher level of fitness, which includes long distance running for cardiovascular endurance. It is highly suggested that applicants implement physical training programs that will prepare them to far exceed the minimum requirements listed above.

Medical standards include minimum vision of 20/60 uncorrected in each eye, and corrected to 20/40 or better in both eyes with glasses or contact lenses. Additional medical standards must be met prior to a final offer of employment.

Preferred qualifications include 90 quarter hours or the semester equivalent from an accredited college or university, or five years' experience as a certified law enforcement officer, or two years of experience as a police corporal, GSP dispatcher or trooper cadet in the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

For more information on becoming a Georgia State trooper, visit the Employment Opportunities Section at http://dps.georgia.gov.