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State Police conduct training at a number of levels. The Training Unit is comprised of a Lieutenant, five Sergeants, two Corporals and one administrative assistant.  Operating out of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, this section is responsible for advanced training for new and current troopers, mandated and other in-service training, several canine training schools, as well as monthly canine in-service training for a number of local, county and state law enforcement agencies. The unit is responsible for firearms and other specialty teams in-service training. In addition, the training section oversees the complex application process and recruitment for new troopers.


The Maine State Police takes great pride in the process of developing, assessing, and improving how future Troopers will acquire their law enforcement education, skills, and abilities. The process of earning the title Trooper is rich in our history and, when achieved, leaves the individual feeling proud, inspired, and motivated to serve the Maine community.

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Applicants, who do not have a full-time law enforcement certification from Maine or another state, will be hired as Trooper Cadets to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP). The BLETP is an 18 week, 720 hours curriculum, residential (Monday – Friday), stress academy, where state, county, local municipalities, Game Wardens, and Marine Patrol Officers all attend to learn the basic skills needed in law enforcement and become full-time certified police officers in Maine. Trooper Cadets who graduate from the BLETP earn the title Recruit.

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RTT K9 track

Upon graduating from the BLETP, Recruits participate in a Maine State Police Recruit Training Troop Orientation. This orientation provides necessary equipment, guidance, and completes mandatory administrative requirements prior to moving into Basic Field Training.

The Maine State Police highly supports and highly encourages the maintenance of Troopers mental health and physical health throughout their career.

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Basic Field Training allows for Recruits to begin applying their newly acquired skills from the BLETP with the aid of a Field Training Officer (FTO). Field Training Officers work with Recruits to model law enforcement duties, conduct, and expectations. Recruits will work directly with their FTO on calls for service within the Troop to which they have been assigned. Following approximately three to four weeks of Basic FTO, Recruits will then report to the Maine State Police Recruit Training Troop.

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RTT Training


The Maine State Police (MSP) Recruit Training Troop (RTT) is an advanced law enforcement training program solely for State Police Recruits that is designed to instill teamwork, discipline, confidence, leadership skills, advanced law enforcement skills, and critical thinking in Recruits. Recruits will be challenged mentally and physically during the 10-week residential (Monday – Friday) training program to instill these qualities and the Guardian mindset. Following successful completion of the Maine State Police Recruit Training Troop, Recruits will be pinned by the Colonel with their Trooper badge and earn the official title of Trooper!


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Maine State Police Training Unit

Lt. David Tripp, Commander of Training & Special Services

15 Oak Grove Rd

Vassalboro, ME 04989