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Other Careers in the Pennsylvania State Police


Gaining civilian employment with the Pennsylvania State Police, and thus the Commonwealth, is different from gaining employment with a private organization/company. Job titles are designated as being either Non-Civil Service or Civil Service. This designation determines the applicable placement procedures for a given classification.


Non-Civil Service Positions

Non-Civil Service positions with the State Police include a variety of opportunities such as clerical and maintenance personnel, police communications operators (dispatchers), motor carrier enforcement officers, automotive and helicopter mechanics, and intelligence analysts.


The hiring process for Non-Civil Service positions requires interested applicants to apply on-line to the Governor's Office of Administration, Bureau of State Employment.  The Bureau of State Employment will determine an applicant’s qualifications for positions and will maintain the information to await a suitable vacancy for which they may be referred.  Available Non-Civil Service positions with the Pennsylvania State Police are filled by interviewing applicants referred by the Bureau of State Employment.  Individuals may apply for Non-Civil Service employment at www.employment.pa.gov.  Individuals who do not have access to the Internet should visit their local library or call 1-866-858-2753 to locate the nearest PA CareerLink Office. 

Civil Service Positions

Civil Service positions with the Department include job titles in the fields of Information Technology, Forensic Scientist, Chemistry Technician, Human Resource Analyst, Budget Analyst, Telecommunications Specialist, and Radio Telecommunications Specialist.


The hiring process for Civil Service positions requires applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the position to submit a Civil Service application to the State Civil Service Commission and be evaluated either by written testing, oral testing, and/or by a rating of experience and training. Applicants who have been successfully tested/evaluated are provided to the State Police for interview in filling vacant Civil Service job titles. Information on open examinations for Civil Service job titles and application procedures may be obtained from the State Civil Service Commission.

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Police Communications Operator



This is work in receiving, dispatching, and coordinating communications at a Pennsylvania State Police installation. An employee in this job performs communications and related activities. Full performance involves operating two-way radio consoles, cathode ray tube (CRT) devices including administrative terminal and personal computer systems, and a telephone switchboard. Work includes receiving and prioritizing incoming messages and the appropriate disposition of messages; relaying information over radio and telephone; entering information into administrative terminal and personal computer systems; monitoring the activities of all assigned units; and maintaining files and logbooks.

Full information on this position can be found at the Pennsylvania State Police web site.

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