The minimum qualifications for the position of State Trooper Recruit/Lateral are outlined below.

General Qualifications
Must be a citizen of the United States of America.
Must be 21 years of age or older at the start of the academy.
Must be conversant in both spoken and written English.
Most possess a high school diploma or have passed a General Education Development (GED) test.

Driving
Must possess a valid driver’s license issued within the United States or its Territories.
Must be free of excessive moving violations and recent license actions (canceled, revoked, suspended, limited, or SR-22 requirement).

Drugs
Drug use/abuse is closely scrutinized and recent drug use may be cause for elimination from the hiring process, including:

  • Marijuana use within the last year
  • Use of illegal narcotics within the last ten years
  • Manufacture/sale of illegal narcotics as an adult
  • Illegal drug use while employed in a law enforcement position
  • Prescription drug use without a prescription unless there was an immediate, pressing, or emergency medical circumstance to justify the use

 
Criminal History
Adult criminal history is closely scrutinized and the following may be cause for elimination from the hiring process:

  • Felony conduct as an adult
  • Misdemeanor convictions within the last ten years
  • Any conviction related to domestic violence

 
The above qualifications constitute a summary of major elements in both the Alaska Police Standards Council regulations and Department of Public Safety Selection Criteria.  More specific questions should be directed to our DPS Recruitment Unit office at dps.recruit@alaska.gov or by calling (907) 269-5976.