Listed below are just a few of our rewarding career opportunities as a Pennsylvania State Trooper. Uniquely, PSP provides a stable foundation for Troopers to experience a variety of careers within a career!
In addition to patrol services and complete law enforcement coverage in residential areas, PSP provides a variety of support services that afford troopers the opportunity to perform a multitude of specialized positions. Along with serving PSP, many of the following specialized services are also utilized by numerous municipal law enforcement agencies:
Major Case Teams
Vice / Narcotic Units
Organized Crime Units
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Auto Theft Units
Forensic Services Units
PA Crime Stoppers
Megan's Law Units
PA Instant Check System
Clandestine Lab Units
School Resource Officers
Drug Recognition Experts
Liquor Control Enforcement
Special Emergency Response Teams (SERT), to include Tactical Units and Negotiations Unit
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In addition to the various career and training opportunities in our department, you wil have the option to pursue higher ranks and attain promotions. The rank structure of the Pennsylvania State Police consists of the following:
Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.
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.