Indiana State Police accepting applications for 83rd Recruit Academy

INDIANA – The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for the 83rd Recruit Academy. 

Individuals who are interested in beginning a rewarding career as an Indiana State Trooper must apply online at  This website will provide a detailed synopsis of the application process as well as information on additional career opportunities with the Indiana State Police.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm (EST) on Sunday, March 27, 2022.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted for the 83rd Recruit Academy. The first 200 applicants to successfully pass all phases of the application process (Physical Ability Test, Written Examination, Oral Interview, Polygraph Examination, & Background Investigation) will be reviewed by the Superintendent for consideration of employment (Note: the dates for the Superintendent’s Review on the selection process timeline.) It is imperative interested applicants engage in the selection process early.          

Basic Eligibility Requirements and consideration factors for an Indiana State Trooper:

  1. Must be a United States citizen.
  2. Must be at least 21 and less than 40 years of age when appointed as a police employee. (Appointment date is December 15, 2022)
  3. Must meet a minimum vision standard (corrected or uncorrected) of 20/50 acuity in each eye and 20/50 distant binocular acuity in both eyes.
  4. Must possess a valid driver’s license to operate an automobile.
  5. Must be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve anywhere within the State of Indiana as designated by the Superintendent.
  6. Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).                                                                                

The current starting salary for an Indiana State Police Department Recruit is $1,615.39 bi-weekly during the academy training. At the completion of academy training, the starting salary is $48,000.00 a year. Effective July 1, 2022, an approved budget will increase the Trooper pay matrix.  This will impact the Trooper Trainee (proposed increase to $45,000) and First-Year Trooper salary (proposed increase to $51,000). 

Recruits of the 83rd Recruit Academy are offered an excellent health care plan, which includes medical, dental, vision, and pharmacy coverage for both current and retired employees, along with their families, until reaching age 65.  The Indiana State Police pension program provides a lifetime pension after 25 years of service.  Additionally, the Indiana State Police Department provides comprehensive disability coverage and a life insurance program.  Student loan forgiveness programs are being offered at this time through the following:

New Information:

Indiana State Police is gearing up to host its next Trooper Hiring Seminar on Saturday, January 29 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST in Evansville at the C.K. Newsome Center. The seminar is geared toward helping those with interest in joining the Indiana State Police. This is a no-cost seminar designed to offer valuable insights on how to be successful in the selection process, answer questions and work out with Troopers. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with members of the Human Resources Division and additional Indiana State Police staff to better understand what to expect and how to best prepare for each phase of the selection process. Spots for this seminar will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please respond quickly as availability is capped at 40 participants. Further instructions will be emailed once capacity is reached. Email to reserve your spot.