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Highway Patrol Accepting Trooper Applications Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

Contact: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196


Highway Patrol Accepting Trooper Applications Now


PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is looking for as many new troopers as it can hire.


Applications are now being accepted for the Patrol’s next hiring period. Deadline to apply is Feb. 28.


“We are planning to hire a large class so we are encouraging all those men and women who are thinking about pursuing a career with the Highway Patrol to apply,” says Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price. “Due to retirements and other departures, we have positions to fill throughout the state.”


The Highway Patrol’s hiring and training process takes about a year to complete. The hiring period includes written and physical tests, interviews and other examinations. Once the recruits are hired, those who are not currently certified as law enforcement officers in South Dakota or another state must first attend the 13-week South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy. That is followed by the South Dakota Highway Patrol Recruit Academy which lasts 10 weeks and is followed by another 10 weeks training in the field.


“This is a lengthy and detailed process, but it is designed to be that way,” says Secretary Price. “We want to find the most talented people we can find.”


Recruiting seminars for women interested in joining the Highway Patrol will be held later this month in Aberdeen, Rapid City, Pierre, Sioux Falls and Watertown. Additional details on those seminars will be announced at a later date.


Those hired in this next period will begin training later this fall. A current nine-member Highway Patrol recruit class, which started last year, will graduate in April.


People with questions about the hiring process can call the Highway Patrol Training Division at 605-773-2231.


The Highway Patrol is part of the Department of Public Safety.