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State Trooper

Jefferson City, Missouri



Missouri State Highway Patrol

1510 East Elm Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone: 800-796-7000 or 573-751-1000

Fax: 573-751-6814  

E-mail: bruce.mclaughlin@mshp.dps.mo.gov
Website: www.mshp.dps.mo.gov


Starting Salary: $32,232

Sworn Officers: 1,100   

Application Deadline: 3/10/06






State Trooper
Missouri State Highway Patrol


Are you looking for a challenging career with duties that are never routine and with good pay and fringe benefits? You may be interested in a career with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, one of the most highly respected law enforcement agencies in the country.

Duties of a Trooper

The primary duties of a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper are to promote safety and enforce traffic laws for the motoring public. A trooper provides assistance to motorists and is responsible for investigating highway traffic crashes and other roadway emergencies. Other responsibilities include assisting local peace officers upon request, investigating crimes, and enforcing criminal laws. A trooper must work in all weather conditions and frequently drives at high speeds. Work schedules change regularly, and officers are subject to call at any time.

Trooper Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 21 years of age at time of appointment.

  • A citizen of the United States and a resident of Missouri when recruit training begins.

  • A graduate of an accredited four-year high school or have a certificate of equivalency recognized by the Missouri Department of Education.

  • Willing to live anywhere in the State of Missouri.

  • Be of good character, with no felony convictions, pending indictments, or certain misdemeanor offenses including any involving aggressive or violent behavior (i.e. domestic violence, criminal assault, etc.), disregard for the safety of others, or the misuse of deadly weapons.

  • Free of objectionable tattoos/brands.  No tattoos/brands are permitted on the head, neck, hands, or below the upper six-inch portion of the arm.

  • Possession of a valid Missouri Driver License in the appropriate classification required by law when recruit training begins.

  • Pass medical and psychological examination.

  • Pass pre-employment drug screening.

  • Pass a battery of validated tests.


The selection process is a multi-phase testing procedure that includes written examinations, fitness for duty assessment, polygraph examination, comprehensive background investigation/review, and an oral interview. After a conditional offer of employment, the applicant must successfully complete a medical examination (to include vision and hearing), psychological examination with interview, and drug screening test.


Recruits receive approximately six months (1,200 hours) of intensive academic and rigorous physical training at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City. Pursuit driving, self-defense, cultural diversity, physical conditioning, arrest procedures, traffic law, civil law, criminal law, and accident investigation are some of the topics covered during the training period. Following Academy graduation, each officer must serve a three month period under the guidance of a veteran Field Training Officer and a one-year probationary period.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary for a Probationary Trooper is $32,232 annually. Paid life and medical insurance, as well as paid retirement, are among the available fringe benefits. Officers receive at least 15 vacation days and 11 paid holidays per year. Sick leave accumulates at a rate of ten hours per month.

Contact Information:

Bruce McLaughlin
Missouri State Highway Patrol
P. O. Box 568
Jefferson City, Mo. 65102

Phone: 800-796-7000
Alternate: 573-751-1000
Email: bruce.mclaughlin@mshp.dps.mo.gov
Website: www.mshp.dps.mo.gov


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