What Is a State Trooper?

A state trooper is responsible for the safety of motorists and roadways. They issue citations as necessary and assist drivers and passengers at crash scenes. They may have to perform emergency aid to drivers and passengers who have been injured in a crash or help with moving vehicles and directing traffic.

Responsibilities of State Troopers

State troopers, sometimes known as highway patrol officers, are responsible for monitoring and enforcing laws on local and state roadways. Their main priority is to ensure the safety of roadways and those traveling on them. They assist with moving vehicles that were involved in a crash. They patrol in marked or unmarked police vehicles or on motorcycles. In addition, state troopers may direct traffic, issue citations, assist drivers and passengers who have been injured and arrest individuals who have broken laws.

Additionally, state troopers perform duties such as documenting evidence, conducting interviews and following regulations according to criminal investigations. They may have to administer first aid at crash scenes, radio for emergency crews and utilize emergency equipment..

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State Trooper Salary

The median salary for state troopers is $54,603, according to PayScale. Pay is commensurate with experience, however. State troopers with less than five years of experience earn an average of $49,000 per year. Those with 20 or more years of experience earn an average salary of $74,000. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for those in the police force will increase 7 percent through 2026.

Education Requirements

The requirements for state troopers varies by state, though most positions require a minimum age and training from an academy. Within training, candidates will learn first aid, civil rights, self-defense, proper use of firearms and more. Typically only a high-school diploma or equivalent is necessary, but a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field can help make candidates stand out.

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The online bachelor of science in criminal justice from SEU teaches students the various aspects of the criminal justice system. The program investigates the history of law enforcement and the courts. It also prepares students to succeed in careers by teaching practical skills, critical thinking and advanced research. The fully online program is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience in their field.