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May 29, 2007

State Police To Recruit and Hire New Troopers
New incentives for active military experience

West Trenton, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police have begun the process to recruit and hire new troopers in the upcoming fiscal year. Applications will be accepted from now through July 14, 2007. This pool of applicants will likely be used for the next few classes of troopers. The last recruiting drive was in June of 2005.

“The work of the State Police is vital to our state and we must invest in the future to ensure its continued success,” Attorney General Stuart Rabner said. “As responsibilities continue to grow, the new recruiting classes will sustain the strength of the State Police to meet those responsibilities.”

“This is a great career opportunity that does not come around very often,” said Major Wendy Galloway of the Office of Community Affairs, which oversees recruiting. “The State Police offers a rewarding combination of salary, benefits and meaningful work that enticed me to leave my job as a teacher more than 25 years ago.”

The starting salary for a state trooper is over $55,000, and jumps to more than $62,000 for the second year of employment. Work as a trooper appeals to women and men of all backgrounds, and experience.

Typically, applicants must have at least 60 college credits and two years of work or military experience, but newly adopted criteria waives 30 college credits for those who have received an honorable discharge after at least two years of active military duty. Additionally, applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years old and of sound moral character.

The full hiring process includes a physical qualification test, which was recently revised to allow for improvements in fitness during the academy. Fitness is important to troopers, so the State Police is offering a voluntary physical preparation program for those unsure of their abilities who have entered the selection process.

The New Jersey State Police offers a comprehensive website packed with information for those interested in a career as a trooper. There are two videos available online and dates/locations of numerous career nights to get in-person guidance. See for further information.

“What intrigued me were the endless job opportunities. There are many career paths within the New Jersey State Police,” stated Sergeant First Class Lori Fritsch of the Recruiting Unit. “I chose to pour my life into my profession, and it has paid me back over and over in many different ways,” she added.

Media Availability

What: The New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement 2007 Training Conference will feature numerous speakers and educational sessions.  Lt. Colonel Gayle Cameron and Major Wendy Galloway will be presenting during the two-day conference, but will also be available to give comments to media regarding the current State Police recruiting drive.
When: Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May 31.  Call for an appointment to meet NJSP representatives.

Rutgers University, Cook Campus Student Center

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