CADET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Age Requirement

Applicants must be at least 20 years of age on or before the date the application is completed. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and cannot have reached their 40th birthday prior to or on the date of appointment as a State Police Cadet.



Residency and Citizenship Requirement

Applicants must possess a valid driver's license from any state upon appointment as a Pennsylvania State Police Cadet. Applicants must be a resident of Pennsylvania and possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license at the time of graduation. Applicants must be a United States citizen at the time of initial application.

 

EDUCATIONAL Requirement

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or a G.E.D. Certificate plus an Associate's Degree or 60 semester credit hours in an accredited institution of higher education upon appointment to a cadet class.  NOTE: Specific degrees, or any degree at all, are not required. Credit hours are required. Only one waiver per candidate , as follows, is allowed:

 

 

60 semester credit hours waived for the applicant with four full years of any law enforcement experience that encompasses the powers of arrest under State and/or Federal Law, e.g., Liquor Enforcement Officer, Corrections Officer, Probation and Parole Officer, Fish and/or Game Commission Officer. Determination of relevant law enforcement experience to be made by the Pennsylvania State Police on a case-by-case basis.

60 semester credit hours are waived for those applicants with at least four years of full active military duty with an honorable discharge.

30 semester credit hours waived for the applicant with two full years of any law enforcement experience that encompasses the powers of arrest under State and/or Federal Law. Determination of relevant law enforcement experience to be made by the Pennsylvania State Police on a case-by-case basis.

30 semester credit hours are waived for those applicants with at least two years of full active military duty with an honorable discharge.

 


 

Automatic Disqualification Factors

Applicants are advised that the Pennsylvania State Police will automatically disqualify any applicant who does not meet the general requirements as detailed above. In addition, the following information is provided regarding our criteria for automatic disqualification:

 

Falsification, omission, or misrepresentation of any information during the completion of the Formal Application for Employment, and any other documents/processes associated with the Cadet Selection Procedures.

Substance abuse/use within a prescribed time frame and/or that is beyond what is considered experimental by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Criminal arrests/behavior which would not reflect well on the Pennsylvania State Police.

 


 

CADET MEDICAL INFORMATION

Applicants successful through the background investigation will be invited to the medical evaluation with the State Police Medical Officer (SPMO). Accompanying the letter of invitation will be a processing packet that includes instructions for completing and/or providing the following documentation from physicians of the applicant's choice, at the applicant's expense:

 

·      Physical Examination.

·      Dental Examination.

·      Certificate of Visual Efficiency.

    

The SPMO reviews the medical documentation obtained from the applicant’s physicians and uses it to conduct a cursory medical evaluation. The standards listed in this section must be met, but do not represent an all-inclusive list of the requirements.

 

Hearing - Applicants must be able to pass an audiometer screening conducted by trained Department personnel. Standards for each ear, without the use of any type of aid, are as follows:

 

·      25 dB or better for pure tone stimulation between 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, and 3000 Hz.

·      25 dB or better for speech reception in quiet.

·      90% or better speech discrimination in noise, with noise not to exceed 20 dB of the speech signal.

 

Dental - Evidence of healthy gums and a full set of teeth, or satisfactory replacements, as certified by a dentist. Any deficiencies must be corrected prior to the beginning of training.

 

Vision - As certified by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist, with all listed standards being met, with no exceptions:

 

·      20/70 or better in the dominant eye WITHOUT correction.

·      20/200 or better in the weak eye WITHOUT correction.

·      20/20 or better in the dominant eye with corrective lenses, if necessary.

·      20/40 or better in the weak eye with corrective lenses, if necessary.

·      Normal color vision, depth perception, and field of vision.

 

Corrective Vision Surgery Information/Policy: All Cadets must participate in an OC spray training scenario during the 13th week of training. The OC spray manufacturer recommends that we wait a minimum of six months from the date of corrective eye surgery to use the spray on Cadets. Therefore, your date of surgery must be at least 6 months prior to the 13th week of training. (For example, a Cadet Class that begins on June 2, 2018 will have the OC spray training scenario during the week of August 25, 2018. Only applicants who had surgery prior to February 24, 2018 will be approved by the State Police Medical Officer for appointment.) The Department acknowledges that an applicant’s surgeon may approve an applicant for OC spray less than six months from the date of surgery; however, our policy stands as stated above. There are no exceptions or waivers to this policy, even with a surgeon’s approval.

 


 

PERSONAL APPEARANCE

Hairstyle Policy

Males – The top of the head shall be neatly groomed. Hair shall present a tapered appearance and when combed, it shall not fall over the ears, eyebrows, or touch the collar, except for the closely cut hair at the back of the neck. Sideburns shall be neatly trimmed and the base will be a clean-shaven horizontal line. Sideburns shall not extend downward beyond the middle of the earlobe and shall be of an even width (not flared). Male applicants must also be clean shaven (beards and/or mustaches are prohibited).

 

Females – The hair shall be neatly groomed and will be worn in a manner so that it does not extend beyond the bottom of the uniform collar or interfere with the wearing of all Department headgear. Cosmetic use, i.e., makeup, is prohibited.

 

Tattoo/Replica/Ear Plug Policy - The following policy shall apply to those individuals as a condition of employment with the Pennsylvania State Police and will remain as a condition of employment throughout their career:

Applicants, upon appointment, shall have no tattoos or brandings which would be visible to the public when wearing the summer uniform shirt. The summer uniform shirt is a standard, collared, short-sleeved dress shirt. Visible areas include the lower portion of the upper-arms, elbows, the entire forearms, hands, neck and facial areas. Ear plugs shall be removed with the ear repaired upon appointment. Appointment is conditioned upon compliance with this policy.

 

A review by the training staff shall take place on the first day of appointment. Any applicant who, upon appointment, has visible tattoos/brandings when wearing the standard short-sleeve uniform shirt, or whose ear lobes remain altered from the removal of ear plugs, shall be immediately released from the training site. Any applicant released from training for noncompliance with this policy will not be officially appointed and, therefore, will not be considered to have been employed by the Pennsylvania State Police.

 

Any applicant released from training for noncompliance with this policy will be provided with a minimum three-month period in which to have the tattoo removed or ear repaired. Applicants will then be offered appointment to the next available Cadet class.

 

Should the tattoo remain visible, or the ear not be repaired, the applicant will be disqualified and, again, will not have been considered to have been employed by the Pennsylvania State Police. In order to receive consideration for employment in the future, the applicant must reapply to participate in the qualifying examination process.

 

*There are no exceptions or waivers to this policy. Tattoo coverings and/or make-up to cover tattoos are not permissible.

The CORE PURPOSE of the Pennsylvania State Police is to seek justice, preserve peace, and improve the quality of life for all. As such, the Department has established the CORE VALUES of Honor, Service, Integrity, Respect, Trust, Courage, and Duty, and is seeking applicants who possess these traits and conduct themselves accordingly.

 

Certain issues within a person’s background have been identified which will result in automatic disqualification, including but not limited to: criminal conduct (actual arrest and/or admission of behavior whether or not arrested) and substance abuse. The automatic disqualification factors are confidential and will not be released to applicants. Applicants who wish to ascertain if they may be subject to an automatic disqualification based upon their life conduct / behavior may inquire, in writing, to the following e-mail address: ra-pspdqfactors@pa.gov.

 

A preliminary determination will be made by the Pennsylvania State Police based upon information supplied; therefore, applicants must be forthright and honest in documenting their conduct. Be advised that this preliminary determination is not binding as it is made based upon information provided by the applicant only. Should an applicant continue in the selection process, the conduct will then be discussed and documented with a Pennsylvania State Police Officer.

 

Applicants are advised that all information provided to the Pennsylvania State Police is to contain no misrepresentation, falsification, omissions, or concealment of material fact and that, upon submission of any official document (on-line or otherwise), applicants swear or affirm that all information provided is true, complete, and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief. Applicants are further advised that all information provided is subject to later investigation. NOTE: The eligibility requirements are subject to change at any time. Questions regarding the Cadet Selection Procedures may be forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Police at: ra-pspcadetprocess@pa.gov