Requirements to Be a Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper

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You might casually refer to an officer with Nevada’s Highway Patrol as a state trooper. As of 2010, Nevada provided for their troopers a competitive salary and benefits that include several weeks of paid and unpaid holidays; life, health, dental and vision insurance; savings bonds and retirement plans. Nevada’s troopers are held to intellectual, moral and physical standards, and an applicant attempting to join their ranks must meet those standards before the State of Nevada will consider her application.

Educational and Professional Requirements

  • Nevada requires you engage in some combination of work and educational experience before you apply to work as a state trooper. A high school diploma is the minimum education requirement, but Nevada will only accept this education level when combined with two years of professional or military experience. Other acceptable combinations include an associate’s degree plus one year professional experience or a bachelor’s degree. You must have a Nevada Class C driver’s license, or at least be eligible to get one, as well as radio and radar operator certificates. Because you can’t accept a trooper position until you reach the age of 21, you may complete these requirements directly after high school. Your educational experience will help you pass the 150-question written exam, which deals with logic, reading comprehension and ethics.

Physical Requirements

  • In order to perform the physical requirements of a state trooper’s job, you must be reasonably physically fit according to the standards of the State of Nevada. The Nevada POST physical agility test involves jumping at least as high as 14 inches from the ground, completing 30 sit-ups in 60 seconds, completing 23 push-ups and completing various timed runs. If you fail this test but pass the written tests, you can retake the physical fitness test in 30 days. If you don’t pass either test, you must wait 60 days. Nevada also requires you to submit to drug testing with clean results before you can be hired.

Moral and Conduct Requirements

  • Nevada will discard your application if you’ve ever been convicted of a felony, a drug selling or manufacturing charge or a domestic violence charge. If you’ve used controlled substances illegally in the last year, including abusing drugs prescribed to you, you aren’t eligible to join Nevada’s highway patrol. If background checks reveal you’ve falsified your application, the State of Nevada will not consider you for a trooper position. Some information will be verified by a polygraph test.

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