PSP as a LIFETIME OF SERVICE Self – Assessment Guide

Being a Pennsylvania State Trooper is more than just a job or a career - it is a LIFETIME OF SERVICE.  The Pennsylvania State Police will require you to possess each of our Core Values and live those Core Values, both on and off duty:

 

PSP CORE VALUES: Honor, Service, Integrity, Respect, Trust, Courage, and Duty.

We are the ‘First and the Finest’ state police organization in our nation, and our continued success will depend on hiring committed, dedicated, diverse, educated, and hardworking citizens that represent our Core Values. We are People Serving People, and the Pennsylvania State Police is an equal opportunity employer firmly committed to promoting public confidence in the Department's integrity and professional excellence.  It is the policy of the Department to proactively seek the most qualified candidates from the diverse cultural, gender, and ethnic backgrounds of the citizens of this Commonwealth.

 

Choosing a lifetime of service to others and your community is not an easy choice. It takes a person of character to become a Pennsylvania State Trooper – a person that embodies our Call of Honor.  A Trooper may at any moment be called upon to “serve honestly, faithfully, and if need be, lay down my life as others have done before me, rather than swerve from the path of duty”. As a State Trooper, it will be your responsibility and duty “to obey the law and to enforce it without any consideration of class, color, creed or condition”. It will also be your duty “to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress and at all times so conduct myself that the honor of the force may be upheld”.

 

If you are ready to accept the challenge to become a Pennsylvania State Trooper and are considering applying for the position of Pennsylvania State Police Cadet, are you prepared to:
 

  • Work within a disciplined and strict paramilitary organization?
  • Live at our training academy for nearly 30 weeks and have limited contact with family and friends?
  • Participate in a rigorous physical and mental training program which includes:
    • Daily rigorous physical training, including cross country morning runs at 0530 hours in all weather conditions, calisthenics, swimming, boxing, self-defense, handcuffing, police skills, etc….
    • College level academic courses requiring hundreds of classroom and study hours and numerous written exams.
    • Hundreds of hours of firearms familiarization and qualification with Department issued pistol, patrol rifle, and patrol shotgun.
  • Perform daily duties to include horse stable duty, canine kennel duty, building and grounds maintenance, and kitchen and dining facility duties?
  • Maintain your living space to the high standards of our Academy?
  • Abide by all personal appearance guidelines, including the Department’s tattoo and body modification policies?

 

Once you graduate from our Academy, are you willing to:
 

  • Abide by our Call of Honor, both on and off duty?
  • Respect yourself and the community that you serve and be held to a higher standard for the rest of your life?
  • Have the courage to stand up for doing the right thing in an ethical and honorable way?
  • Have the courage to hold yourself and others accountable for actions?
  • Possess outstanding communication skills and portray yourself as a consummate professional in command of any given situation?
  • Be assigned to work in any area of the Commonwealth?
  • Work outside in all weather conditions, including inclement weather conditions?
  • Work shift work, including weekends and holidays?
  • Work independently and possess the ability to make responsible decisions without the benefit of close supervision in situations that are often stressful or dangerous in nature?
  • Complete all required reports, forms and other types of paperwork in a timely manner, and on occasion complete these on your own time?
  • Place yourself in harm’s way to assist others and perform hazardous tasks in dangerous environments?
  • Confront and arrest persons who are armed with a deadly weapon?
  • Be the target of abusive and profane language while maintaining your deportment to effectively respond in a professional manner?
  • Investigate violent and vicious crimes while professionally completing your duties?
  • Investigate traffic crashes, to include fatal crashes and severe injury crashes?
  • Provide prompt medical care to persons who have been severely injured?
  • Deliver death notices to a next of kin?
  • Attend autopsies?
  • Take the life of another person in self-defense or defense of other persons?

 

IIf you believe that you have what it takes to be a Pennsylvania State Trooper after completing this assessment, please contact a Recruiter if you have any specific questions.

 

If you are ready to join the Pennsylvania State Police and commit to a LIFETIME OF SERVICE to the residents and visitors of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we encourage you to sign up for our next written examination.

Pennsylvania State Police Call of Honor

 

I am a Pennsylvania State Trooper, a soldier of the law.
To me is entrusted the honor of the force.
I must serve honestly, faithfully, and if need be, lay down my life as others have done before me, rather than swerve from the path of duty.
It is my duty to obey the law and to enforce it without any consideration of class, color, creed or condition.
It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in
danger or distress, and at all times so conduct myself that the
honor of the force may be upheld.

 

In 1929, the Superintendent of the Pennsylvania State Police issued a General Order requiring all members of the Department to memorize the State Police Call of Honor, a tradition that still holds true today.