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New York State Police raise maximum trooper applicant age to 34

By Traci DeLore (


The State Police location in the town of Lysander (CNYBJ file photo by Adam Rombel).

Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed off on a request from the New York State Police to raise the maximum age to apply to become a state trooper from 29 to 34.

“This change will allow us to recruit the most diverse and skilled group of candidates possible,” State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli said in a press release. “There are many qualified candidates from the military or other careers who decide that they want to transition to the state police, but because of the previous age requirement, some were not eligible.”

Nigrelli added those candidates have a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring with them to the job. “The New York State Police has a proud tradition of excellence,” he said. “By raising the age, we are ensuring that we have the best and most qualified candidates possible to carry on that legacy and serve and protect the people of New York.”

The next entrance exam and application process begins Saturday, July 1 and runs through September. Individuals can apply starting that day and schedule to take their exam as early as July 10. The State Police contracted with Pearson VUE to offer the entrance exam at 54 testing centers in New York, more than 280 locations around the U.S., and 100 military locations worldwide.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, be between 20 and 34 years of age (the maximum age may be extended for one year for each year of full-time active military duty up to 7 years), and have a high-school diploma or equivalent

The starting salary is $59,612 and jumps to $84,331 after one year. The position also offers full benefits and retirement.

To learn more or sign up for the exam, visit