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FAQs


1) Can I do a ride-along with the PSP?


The Pennsylvania State Police policy forbidding ride-alongs stems from concern over officer safety, public safety, and the safety of anyone who may be the person "riding along." Additionally, when we respond to calls, those people that we respond to have a right to their privacy. Many incidents are high-anxiety situations, and people are not required to make their business public to anyone who may be riding along. Also, with the ever-present possibility of danger, we cannot have our Troopers' attention diverted because of someone riding along with them; nor can we permit the type of civil liability that exists with ride-alongs. We do not even allow our own cadets in training to ride along with our Troopers.

2) How can I get a copy of a police report?

Please review the "Right to Know Law" information on the Pennsylvania State Police web site.


3) How can I get a copy of my criminal record?

You may obtain your criminal history online via the PATCH System or by downloading, completing and submitting Form SP-164 - Criminal History Request Form.


4) How can I obtain police statistics?

You may visit the Pennsylvania State Police Uniform Crime Report Web Site.


5) Do you have an internship program?

Complete information can be found on the Pennsylvania State Police Human Resources Web Site concerning Interns, Associates and Trainees.


6) What PSP programs are available for teenagers?


Camp Cadet is a summer camp for boys and girls from Pennsylvania between the ages of 12 to 15. The camp is held at various locations throughout the State and staffed by Troopers, local police officers and many other volunteers. The goal of Camp Cadet is to introduce participants to the diverse criminal justice system and establish a positive relationsh ip with law enforcement personnel. More information can be found at the Pennsylvania State Police Web Site.

7) When will I be notified of my test results?

Please check the Test Announcement Section of the Pennsylvania State Police web site.


8) How long is the Academy?

Approximately 27 weeks.

9) Will I get to choose the station where I'll work?

Cadets are permitted to submit three preferences, but all cadets are assigned based upon Department needs.


10) Do I get paid while in the Academy?

Cadets receive a salary of $1,212.80 (effective December 16, 2013) biweekly, before deductions, during the training period.

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