Career Opportunities

In addition to providing patrol services and criminal investigation, the PSP provides a variety of support services. These services are provided not only to areas of primary PSP patrol coverage, but PSP also supports municipal law enforcement agencies through specially trained members and civilians that provide the following:


  • Criminal Investigation     
  • Major Case Teams
  • Vice/Narcotic Units
  • Organized Crime Units
  • Intelligence Units
  • Criminal Profilers    
  • Unsolved Crimes    
  • Fugitive Units    
  • Aviation Units
  • Motorcycle Units
  • Canine Units     
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Mounted Units
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement   
  • Auto Theft Units    
  • Community Services
  • Forensic Services Units
  • Gaming Enforcement
  • Computer Crimes    
  • PA Crime Stoppers
  • Fire Marshals    
  • DNA Database
  • Polygraph Units    
  • Fingerprint Database
  • Megan’s Law Units
  • DUI Patrols    
  • PA Instant Check System
  • Airport Interdiction    
  • Ballistics Section  
  • Clandestine Lab Units    
  • Chemistry Labs
  • CLEAN Systems    
  • School Resource Officers
  • Crime Laboratories    
  • Explosives/Bomb Section
  • Academy Instructors     
  • Drug Recognition Experts
  • Criminal Interdiction    
  • Liquor Control Enforcement
  • Aerial Observers
  • Special Emergency Response Teams (SERT), to include Tactical Units and Negotiations Units



These are some of our challenging and rewarding career opportunities as a Pennsylvania State Trooper…


Are you ready to accept the challenge???


In addition the many career opportunities, there are also opportunities for promotion within the Department.  The rank structure of the Pennsylvania State Police consists of:


Ranks, insignia, and descriptions




Additional Information


Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Lieutenant Colonel

Second in Command of the Pennsylvania State Police – Currently 3 Deputy Commissioners.


Commander of an Area, such as Area III, encompassing several Troops, or Bureau Director.


Troop Commander, such as Troop B, encompassing several Stations, or Division Director.


Station Commander or Section Commander, commanding both enlisted and civilian personnel.


Station Commander or Supervisor of a unit, section, or specialty position.


Supervisor of Troopers. Oversee patrol, criminal investigation, or other units on a daily basis.

Trooper First Class

This is a longevity promotion for Troopers with 12 years of service.



Upon graduation from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Cadets are promoted to the rank of Trooper.

State Police Cadet


A Commonwealth employee who is enrolled in but has not yet graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.