Texas State Trooper Requirements
How to Become a Texas State Trooper
To become a Texas State Trooper, prospective recruits are required to have completed at least 60 credit hours at an accredited college or have at least 24 months of active duty military or peace officer service. A combination of college and military service will also be accepted. Applicants must be US citizens at least 20 years of age with no felony convictions and have a valid driver’s license. Those who qualify must also pass a physical readiness test and a written exam. Those who meet these qualifications and rank based on their placement in these categories will be invited to recruit school. After graduating from recruit school and completing a probationary period, recruits will become fully sworn Texas State Troopers.
Texas State Trooper Job Description
A Texas State Trooper ensures the safety of citizens and visitors within state boundaries. Texas State Troopers are primarily tasked with enforcing state motor vehicle and other laws on the state’s thousands of miles of roadways. Highway Patrol Division Troopers are often first responders to rural traffic accidents. These officers also work to recover stolen vehicles and property and assist other state agencies in emergencies. Troopers also provide public education on traffic safety and crime prevention and are responsible for security for the State Capitol Complex.
Texas State Trooper Training, Prerequisites, and Educational Requirements
A successful applicant to the Texas Highway Patrol will meet the minimum requirements outlined above and have qualifying education and/ or military or law enforcement experience. Prospective state troopers in Texas will also be required to pass a physical examination and vision test. Those who rank highly enough based on their qualifications and exam results will be invited to complete the Texas Law Enforcement Education (LEE) training program.
The LEE training program for Texas trooper recruits is 23 weeks in length and takes place in Austin. The curriculum is physically and mentally intense and includes courses on the use of force, the operation of tactical vehicles, report writing and communication skills, and first aid for first responders. Physical training is also an integral component of the LEE program. LEE graduates move forward in the recruitment process to complete a field training program and a probationary period before being promoted to the rank of Trooper I.
Texas State Trooper Salary and Job Outlook
The application process to become a Texas State Trooper is quite competitive, but new recruits are always needed. Starting out as a Trooper Trainee during recruit school, the initial salary is $4,623 per month.1 Upon successful graduation from Academy training and promotion to Probationary Trooper, recruits will make a monthly salary of $5,051.1 After a 12-month probationary period and promotion to Trooper I, the salary grade is increased to $6,100 per month.1 Further salary increases are available for Texas State Troopers based on years in service and promotion to supervisory ranks. Other benefits include generous paid leave, retirement packages, and pay stipends based on duties and qualifications.
Texas Highway Patrol Division
PO Box 4087 MSC 0500
Austin, TX 78773
1. Texas Department of Public Safety Recruiting Salary Schedule: https://www.dps.texas.gov/trainingacademy/recruiting/benefits.htm