KSP: College degree no longer required to become a trooper


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Thursday, Kentucky State Police announced new requirements for becoming a state trooper.

KSP says interested recruits no longer need a college degree or prior law enforcement or military experience.   Those interested in joining the force now only need a high school diploma or GED and 3 years of work experience.

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Prior to the new guideline, applicants were required to have 60 hours of college credit, two years of active duty military experience, or two years of certified police officer experience. These qualifications will still apply by generating bonus points for applicants in the selection process.

Sgt. Brad Arterburn, commander of the KSP Recruitment Branch, believes this is a positive step for the agency. “By taking applicants with a high school diploma or GED, we should greatly increase number of applicants we have to choose from,” he said. “That will ensure that we can choose the very best to become our next troopers.”

According to Arterburn, the change should not be interpreted as a lowering of standards for trooper applicants. “All applicants still have to go through a rigorous hiring process that includes a written test, physical test, oral interview, polygraph exam, a very thorough background investigation, medical exam, and psychological exam,” he said. “Also, all those who are accepted still have to complete the 24-week Kentucky State Police Academy, one of the toughest law enforcement training programs in the country.”

Applicants who make it through the academy will receive a badge and an Associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Applications are being collected through June 23rd for the next round of Academy classes.

For more information, visit kentuckystatepolice.org.