Tennessee Highway Patrol

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is accepting applications for cadet class 1220, which starts in July

Applications are being accepted online (https://www.tn.gov/Careers) through Feb. 18, 11:59 p.m. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. Citizen and have a high school diploma or equivalent. No applicants with felony convictions will be considered.

Once approved by the Department of Human Resources, applicants will be notified of their qualification status via email and required to complete a survey within five days of the date of application. Agility test and interview appointments are expected to run March 16-19, at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Training Center.

If hired, individuals must obtain a valid Tennessee driver license prior to the class graduation in December 2020.  Candidates are required to successfully complete a level II background investigation, which includes a credit check and polygraph test.  Recruits must pass a psychological and medical examination including a drug screening.

The majority of the vacant positions are within the middle and west Tennessee areas. Upon graduation, trooper cadets will be assigned to vacant positions across the state.  The starting salary for a trooper cadet while in school is currently $3,153 per month, with an increase to $3,488 per month after graduation. That equates to $41,856 annually with an annual 4.5 percent statutory step raise for the first 10 years.

With regular pay increases, a state trooper can earn $62,208 per year after 10 years of service under the current pay structure. Pay may also increase with promotion. The position also includes a retirement plan, 401k, 457, health insurance, overtime pay and paid holidays.

(For more information on becoming a state trooper, visit http://www.tn.gov/safety/article/trpqualifications; call the Tennessee Department of Human Resources Applicant Services Division at 615-741-4841.)