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Trooper Recruitment

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Due to the volume of applications, we have temporarily suspended the acceptance of NEW applications for candidates who are not currently MCJA certified (Basic Law Enforcement Training Program, BLETP candidates). We WILL continue to accept applications from officers currently certified for full time law enforcement in Maine or another state for consideration for the February 2019 Recruit Training Troop.


We are anticipating re-opening the application process for all applicants in January 2019 with the projected hire date of August 2019 to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. Those interested in applying for the August 2019 process are encouraged to complete the physical fitness test and ALERT test prior to the opening of the process. The physical fitness test result is valid for 1 year following the testing date. A passing score of the ALERT test does not expire. An announcement will be made when we resume the acceptance of new applications for the BLETP.





Being a Maine State Trooper is a demanding, challenging and rewarding way of life. From the day you apply to become a trooper you will have embarked on a great personal challenge. Our exhaustive selection process and rigorous training academy has set national standards for excellence. The reason is clear . . . only the finest men and women are good enough to wear the uniform and badge of the Maine State Trooper.


Troopers begin their career with a salary based on an annual rate of $44,969 which progresses through seniority steps to $60,444. Overtime is paid at one and half times the basic hourly rate for time worked beyond an assigned shift. The value of State paid Health and Dental insurance is $399.86-$420.61 biweekly.  The value of the State's share of employee's retirement is 21.06% of salary.

If you've been considering a law enforcement career and are self-reliant and highly motivated with the self-discipline and desire to give us your level best, then you may be just who we're looking for. Look to your future; apply to become one of Maine's finest law enforcement officers today.



Being a trooper offers excellent benefits that include:

  • A 25-year retirement system with an employee contribution of only 8.65% (remainder is paid by the State). Troopers retire at 50% of their maximum salary while employees working over 25 years receive an additional 2% of retirement pay for each additional year worked beyond 25 years;
  • clothing or uniform cleaning allowance of $65 per month;
  • cell phone allowance of $50.00 per month, paid semi-annually;
  • night shift differential of either $.40 or $.50 per hour;
  • weekend differential of $.50 per hour;
  • college degree incentive that includes an hourly stipend of $0.19 for an Associates degree, $0.31 for a Bachelor degree and $0.43 for a Masters or higher degree;
  • State paid health and dental benefits;
  • paid sick leave earned at one day per month;
  • paid vacation leave starting at one day per month to a maximum of 2 days per month based on seniority;
  • assigned vehicle with a yearly allowance of $260.00 for cleaning;
  • promotional opportunities based on ability, education and seniority;
  • each trooper has an opportunity for a wide array of specialized career paths with lateral mobility.


  • Accident Reconstructionist
  • Basic Cadet School Cadre Member
  • Canine Handler
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
  • Community Policing Officer
  • Computer Crimes Task Force
  • Criminal Intelligence
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Dive Team
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Evidence Response Team
  • EVOC Instructor
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Gaming/Weapons Unit
  • Hostage Negotiator
  • Pilot (Air Wing)
  • Pipe & Drum Unit
  • Recruit School Instructor
  • Tactical Team
  • Traffic Division
  • Troop Investigator
  • Truck Weights
  • Violent Crimes Task Force

Any question regarding salary and benefits may be directed to Andrew Birch at the Security and Employment Service Center at 207-623-6739.

Do you qualify?

The Maine State Police is looking for qualified people interested in joining the ranks of an elite group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to a career of public service. If you think you are qualified to meet the challenge of being a State Trooper, contact the State Police training office for additional information.


Age: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (or 20 years of age with 60 college credits) prior to entrance into Basic Law Enforcement Training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or hold an equivalency certificate (GED) issued by the State Department of Education.

Conduct: Reputation must be above reproach. Applicants must have no serious criminal or extensive motor vehicle records.

Physical: You must be in adequate physical condition to perform the duties of a State Trooper.

The following standards are the basic entrance standards needed to apply to the Maine State Police. A copy of your results for the physical fitness test and the ALERT test are required with your application.


50% Maine State Police Standards

1.5 mile run
1 min. sit-ups
1 min. push-ups
1.5 mile run
1 min. sit-ups
1 min. push-ups

If your age bracket is not listed, please call us to determine what your standards are.


A valid driver's license upon employment is required.


You should be aware before starting the application process that you will automatically be eliminated for any of the following:

  1. Have been convicted of murder or any crime classified in Maine law as a Class A, Class B, or Class C crime (i.e., any crime with a maximum term of imprisonment of one year or more) or of any substantially similar crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine;
  2. Have been convicted of any crime classified in Maine law as a Class D crime (i.e., any crime with a maximum possible term of imprisonment of less than one year) or of any substantially similar crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine;
  3. Have been convicted of any of the following provisions of the Maine Criminal Code (Title 17-A of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated) or of any substantially similar crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine:
    1. Chapter 15, Theft (including but not limited to: theft by deception; insurance deception; theft by extortion; theft of lost, mislaid or mistakenly delivered property; theft of services; theft by misapplication of property; unauthorized use of property);
    2. Chapter 19, Falsification in Official Matters (including, but not limited to: perjury; false swearing; unsworn falsification; tampering with a witness, informant, juror, or victim; falsifying physical evidence; tampering with public records or information; impersonating a public servant);
    3. Chapter 25, Bribery and Corrupt Practices (including, but not limited to: bribery in official and political matters; improper influence; improper compensation for past action; improper gifts to public servants; improper compensation for services; purchase of public office; official oppression; misuse of information); or
    4. Chapter 45 Drugs (including but not limited to: unlawful or aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs; unlawfully furnishing scheduled drugs; unlawful possession of scheduled drugs; acquiring drugs by deception; stealing drugs; cultivating marijuana; illegal importation of scheduled drugs; unlawful possession; unlawful trafficking, possession or furnishing of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs);
  4. Have been convicted of any crime that is a violation of any domestic abuse law of any State or Federal jurisdiction;
  5. Have been convicted of operating under the influence (O.U.I.) of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs within the ten (10) years preceding the date of your application;
  6. Have been adjudicated to have committed a zero tolerance (.00) violation within the four (4) years prior to application;
  7. Are currently abusing drugs or alcohol; or
  8. Falsify or misrepresent a material fact when interviewed during the background investigation, or the polygraph examination, or on the pre-polygraph questionnaire.


Candidates selected for initial appointment who are graduates of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Municipal/County Basic Police School (or equivalent basic law enforcement training program as determined by the Maine State Police and can receive a waiver from the MCJA Board of Directors), AND are currently certified law enforcement officers (or are able to obtain a Maine law enforcement certification) may be exempted from attending the MCJA's basic law enforcement officer training course at the discretion of the Chief of the Maine State Police. All other selected applicants will be required to attend and successfully complete this program.

What is the hiring/examination process?

1. ALERT EXAMINATION: Applicants must have already taken and passed the ALERT test prior to applying for placement on the Employment Register. This may be done by calling 207-877-8000 (there is a $50.00 fee for this test). Testing is normally scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, Maine. This test must meet the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's minimum passing score for entrance into basic law enforcement training. Test questions are multiple choice and fall within the categories of Writing Skills and Reading Comprehension.

2. PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (PFT): Applicants must have already taken and passed the Pre-Employment PFT at the 50th% within the past year prior to applying for placement on the Employment Register. This may be done by calling 207-877-8000 (there is a $35.00 fee for this test). Testing is normally scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, Maine. The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is a Pass/Fail test. It consists of three events: Timed Push-Up Test (one minute), Timed Sit-Up Test (one minute), and 1.5 Mile Run. Standards for successful completion of the PFT are shown above.

3. APPLICATION EVALUATION: Applications are reviewed to verify that each candidate meets the established Minimum Requirements (above and inside brochure). Candidates who do not meet these requirements are disqualified from further consideration. 

4. ORAL BOARD EXAMINATION: All candidates successfully meeting the Minimum Requirements will be scheduled for an Oral Board Examination. Oral Boards are usually scheduled monthly and held at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, Maine. The Oral Board is a structured interview that evaluates applicants' skills in the areas of Commitment & Independence; Judgment & Logic; Decision Making Decisiveness; Tact & Diplomacy; and Communication Skills. The Oral Board is a pass/fail component of the applicant process.

You are NOT required to complete any phases of the Law Enforcement Pre-Service training offered by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.  

HIRING PROCESS:  The Maine State Police hiring process is not only thorough, but is extremely competitive. Candidates will be subject to the following:

Background Investigation: The background investigator will gather information about the candidate, including military service, education, motor vehicle record, criminal history record, financial record, work history, and references.

Polygraph Examination: This will be conducted by one of our Certified Polygraph Examiners.

Screening Committee Review: The screening committee will examine the results of the background investigation as well as the polygraph examination to determine if the candidate is eligible to continue. This determination will be reached by weighing all information received.

Colonel's Interview: Once the screening committee determines that the candidate should continue in the process, the candidate is then scheduled for an interview with the Chief of the Maine State Police.

Medical Evaluation: Any candidate that is selected by the Colonel to continue in the process is then scheduled for a medical examination to determine if the candidate is medically fit for the complex duties of a Maine State Trooper.

Psychological Examination: Each candidate at this point will be scheduled for a psychological examination to determine if he/she is mentally fit to handle the intense and demanding aspects of being a Maine State Trooper.

Approximately one month prior to the start date of the school, the Maine Criminal Justice Academy will require that every candidate who is attending the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program attend an orientation and successfully pass the Physical Fitness Test.

NOTE: Each component of the State Police Trooper examination process must be completed successfully. Failure to successfully complete a component (or portion of a component) will result in disqualification from further consideration. Applicants who are eliminated from consideration, must wait six months from date of elimination before reapplying.


How do you apply?

Applications (along with copies of your Alert Test results, physical fitness test results, driver's license, and GED or High School diploma) should be submitted to:

  • Security Employment Service Center
  • Attn:  Andrew Birch
  • 45 Commerce Drive
  • Augusta, ME 04333-0108
  • Tel. (207) 623-6739, Fax 207-287-2018

Direct Hire Application Forms also may be obtained from the State Bureau of Human Resources, Maine State Police Personnel Office and any local Maine Job Service Office.

Click here to download the standard State of Maine Direct Hire Application. Be sure to include all necessary documents with your application and submit to the Security Employment Service Center office listed above.


If you have any other questions, please contact Corporal Breanne Petrini at 207-877-8004, or Breanne and she will be happy to assist you.


A FUTURE with the Maine State Police

A PROUD tradition of SERVICE through core values . . . INTEGRITY, FAIRNESS, COMPASSION and EXCELLENCE.


page updated 4/17/2018