30k Lateral Bonus / $15k New Recruit Bonus - State Trooper Recruit/Lateral (PCN Fall 2024 A)

Alaska State Troopers | Anchorage, AK

Posted Date 1/09/2024


Troopers work in a wide variety of law enforcement fields and, later in their careers are able to request assignments that fit their personal interests. General areas of enforcement include rural law enforcement, highway law enforcement, near-urban patrol work, and serious criminal investigations. The Alaska State Trooper/Alaska Wildlife Trooper position is among the most demanding of any law enforcement agency.


The mission of the Divisions of Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers is to preserve the peace, enforce the law, prevent and detect crime, protect life and property, and preserve Alaska’s resources. The work that a Trooper performs within their community is essential to those who live here as well as those who visit Alaska.


As an Alaska State Trooper/Alaska Wildlife Trooper, you will have a rewarding career and receive paid high-caliber training and benefits at no expense to you while attending the academy. We are currently offering a $30k bonus for lateral hires and $15k bonus for new recruits. The diversity of available assignments and locations helps Troopers engage in a wide variety of career choices. Troopers have take-home vehicles that can be used for personal use (with some restrictions). We offer excellent medical / dental / vision benefits. The State of Alaska offers a robust retirement program. Some Trooper Posts provide state housing for the Troopers in those areas. In addition, we have a moving reimbursement program that will help those from the lower-48 states move to Alaska (reimbursement up to $10k).


The Alaska State Troopers/Alaska Wildlife Troopers serve primarily as rural police officers. Alaska does not have counties, Sheriff’s Offices, or Deputies, requiring Troopers to provide complete law enforcement services for areas outside of the traditional “city limits” of most Alaska cities. Some Troopers choose to serve in very rural areas, where the only transportation is by air, riverboat, snow machine, or four-wheeler. Some choose to remain on the road system, in semi-urban areas. While others choose to live in Southeast Alaska, where travel options include both air and ferry, and town sizes vary from under a thousand to over 35,000.

More information about the Department of Public Safety can be found on our website: https://dps.alaska.gov/AST/Recruit/

To view the general description and example of duties for a State Trooper please go to the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs

Minimum Qualifications

Personal History

Citizen of the United States of America

Possession of high school diploma recognized by a state, diploma from a home school program recognized or certified by a state or by a local school district within a state as having met the state's graduation requirements, or has passed a General Education Development (GED) test.

21 years of age or older at the time of Academy.

Possession of a valid driver's license.

Not disqualified from any portion of a prior formal background investigation conducted for this job classification (Alaska State Trooper) in the last twelve months.

Prior Use of Illegal/Illicit Substances

Not used, transported or purchased schedule IA, IIA, IIIA, IVA, or VA controlled substance during the last ten (10) years (unless under the age of 21 at the time of use AND the act occurred more than 3 years from date of application OR there was an immediate, pressing, or emergency medical circumstance to justify the use of a prescription controlled substance not prescribed to the person).

Not used marijuana during the past twelve months.

Not illegally manufactured, transported, or sold a controlled substance (unless under 21 at the time of the act AND the act occurred more than 10 years ago).

Criminal History

Not received more than three fish and wildlife enforcement citations within the three years before the date of this application.

Not currently on court-ordered probation, either supervised or non-supervised.

Not convicted of a felony whether set aside, suspended imposition, expunged, or pardoned, excluding juvenile adjudications.

Not convicted of a misdemeanor crime that resulted in serious physical injury to another person in the last ten years.

Not convicted of a misdemeanor crime, reduced or related, to domestic violence whether set aside, suspended imposition, expunged, or pardoned.

Not convicted of more than one Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or chemical test refusal offenses in the last ten years.

Not convicted of a misdemeanor crime of dishonesty or moral turpitude in the last ten years.

Not convicted of more than two misdemeanors in the last ten years (unless under the age of 21 at the time of the acts AND three years have lapsed since the most recent act).

Prior Law Enforcement Conduct

Never denied certification or had basic certification revoked by the Alaska Police Standards Council or the responsible certifying agency in any other issuing jurisdiction (unless the denial or revocation has been rescinded by the council under 13 AAC 85.270 or by the responsible certifying agency of the issuing jurisdiction).

Never discharged or resigned under threat of discharge, for cause relating to dishonesty or misconduct, from employment as a police officer in this state or any other state or territory.

Not illegally manufactured, distributed, or sold a controlled substance while employed as a peace officer or in a position associated with law enforcement.


The Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking qualified applicants to attend the DPS Training Academy in Sitka, Alaska. Successful candidates will be appointed as an Alaska State Trooper Recruit or as a State Trooper (laterals), depending on their qualifications. All new employees to this job class receive high-caliber training at no expense and will earn wages and benefits while attending the academy. Recruits attend 18 weeks of in-residence training. Laterals that are qualified and approved later in the hiring process attend a shorter 8 week academy (still located in Sitka and in-residence). Laterals from within Alaska need to speak with recruitment staff to determine what their initial training may entail.


All non-lateral applicants must successfully pass the written test (Law Enforcement Officer Exam) through www.publicsafetytesting.com in order to move forward in the application. For more information on upcoming testing dates, and to register to take the test, go to https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/event/events. After you register for the written test, study materials will be provided to you electronically. Additional study materials are available for purchase through www.publicsafetytesting.com. Passing written test scores are valid for 15 months. Applicants do not need to be in Alaska to take the written test. There is an ‘online/in-home’ testing option that we strongly encourage.

Applicants must register for these test dates in advance at www.publicsafetytesting.com.


To meet lateral requirements and be exempt from the written test, you must have twelve months of work experience in civilian law enforcement (not corrections and not military LE) AND possession of an active police officer certificate (active within the past 5 years) issued by a jurisdiction outside the State of Alaska and recognized by the Alaska Police Standards Council. Although lateral applicants are not required to take the written test, you will need to contact the Recruitment Unit at 907-269-5976 or dps.recruit@alaska.gov to receive the written test waiver.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Department of Public Safety's website before continuing in this application process: www.alaskastatetrooper.com


All applicants must successfully pass the initial physical fitness test (PFT) to move forward in the application process. For more information on our fitness test standards, go to https://dps.alaska.gov/AST/Recruit/Fitness. This test can be proctored by any adult at a local gym, or any adequate outdoor or indoor facility. Applicants will submit results via Guardian Dashboard in the Agency Provided Documents section. There is also a final PFT later on in the hiring process that is exactly the same as the initial PFT. That PFT is again proctored by a known trusted adult, but the final test is video recorded and reviewed by recruitment staff to ensure the applicant is performing the exercises correctly and to at least to the minimum standards.


All initial communication with applicants will be conducted remotely. It is imperative that applicants provide a valid email address and phone number when applying and check email frequently during the application process (to include junk / spam folders). Applicants who have a change in contact information during this application process must notify the Recruitment Unit immediately.

It is crucial that you are honest and provide accurate information in your job application, during all background phases, and in the final selection process. All information requested is mandatory. Anything less than full disclosure will eliminate you from further consideration for this recruitment and potentially future recruitment for this job class.


Within five (5) business days after the submission of your job application, applicants who meet minimum qualifications, department requirements, and passed the written Law Enforcement Officer Exam with publicsafetytesting.com or met lateral qualifications, will receive an email message from @guardianalliancetechnologies.com. As part of the hiring process, Alaska State Troopers conducts a thorough background investigation of all candidates using the web-based Guardian platform to securely collect all required information and documentation for your investigation within 15 days of receiving the link. All applicants will be required to utilize this online portal by first creating a log-in for the portal, then following the applicant instructions. Users will be required to use this online portal, and all necessary documents are required to be uploaded into this portal by the applicant. Users will need to use the Chrome web browser on a computer. Following submission of everything by the applicant, a thorough background investigation will be conducted. Applicants are expected to be responsive to their background investigators.

Following the background investigation, applicant files will be reviewed by staff to determine if the applicants will be invited to Anchorage for final testing (oral board interview, polygraph examination, medical evaluation / drug screening, psychological testing). The Final Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) videos will be submitted through an online folder and you will be sent a link before final testing occurs in order to upload the videos. Applicants can expect to pay for airfare and lodging while in Anchorage for final testing.


The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aids or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at the address above. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary39.72 - 53.33 Hour
Highest Educational Degree Required
High school diploma or equivalent
Job Type
Entry Level

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