North Carolina Highway Patrol Requirements

How to Become a North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper

The minimum requirements that must be met for admittance into the North Carolina Highway Patrol are similar to many other states, and include:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen
  • Must be a resident of North Carolina at the time training begins
  • Be willing to live and work anywhere in the State

Unlike some other states, however, North Carolina does not stipulate specific height and weight requirements.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Job Description

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers are charged with keeping the roadways and public thoroughfares of the State safe for law-abiding motorists by exercising their skills in traffic patrol and surveillance, road safety, crime and crash scene investigation and identification of illegal drugs and firearms.

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Specific duties include search and arrest, investigation, assistance in criminal prosecution and educating the public on traffic safety and awareness.

Recruiters place an emphasis on those criminal justice professionals who can discharge these duties as part of a team, in addition to being able to take the initiative to keep the community safe from harm.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Training, Prerequisites and Educational Requirements

Additional prerequisites in becoming a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer include both reading and writing comprehension tests, a background check and psychological evaluation, polygraph test and a minimum vision requirement.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol requires applicants to have a high school diploma or GED; however, recruiters favor those individuals with education in the criminal justice system and can demonstrate a particular interest in becoming a criminal justice professional.

If these requirements are met, applicants must successfully complete Patrol Basic School, Field Training and an Evaluation Program.

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North Carolina Highway Patrol Salary and Job Outlook

Applicants are encouraged to fill out an Application Interest Card for trooper positions that are available now.

The base salary for a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper is $34,000 per year in addition to many benefits that include paid sick days, holidays and vacation, time off for National Guard service, and opportunities for advancement and specialized training.

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Capella University
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