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WV State Trooper Job Description

Cadet Training

Recruitment Team
West Virginia State Trooper Brochure

State Trooper Exam Sample Questions

Physical Fitness Standards

Medical Guidelines

Employee Benefits

Cadet Class Tentative Start Date: Feburary 3, 2020

Online Application Now Available



Testing Dates and Locations: 
(Subject to Change)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019: Academy
Thursday, September 5, 2019: Academy
Saturday, September 7, 2019: Academy
Friday September 13, 2019: Academy
Saturday September 14, 2019: Academy
WV State Police Academy
   135 Academy Drive
   Institute, WV 25064

Friday, September 6, 2019: Charles Town
     Spring Mills High School
     499 Campus Drive
     Martinsburg, WV 25404


Saturday, September 7, 2019: Morgantown
   Morgantown Detachment
   3453 Monongalhela Blvd
   Morgantown, WV 26505


Registration is from 7:30-9:00 a.m.  Bring a state issued photo I.D.  Physical Fitness test begins at 9:00 a.m.  Successful Applicants will then be given a written test.  There is no study guide for this test.  Those that successfully pass the written test will then take a self-paced suitability test which may take 2 to 4 hours.  Lunch is provided at the Academy testing location.

Applicants should report to the testing site on the date of your choice and bring a completed Application for West Virginia State Trooper (except if you previously submitted an application and it is already on file), valid photo ID, running shoes and appropriate exercise attire. Applicants are encouraged to attend the early test dates and do not be late, so arrive well before 9:00 a.m. to check in.

You will be required to pass a physical ability test prior to being eligible to take a fourteen-minute written test. A suitability test will be administered on this same day to applicants who successfully pass both the physical ability and written tests. Information reference the physical ability requirements along with a sample of the written test is available at The suitability test consists of some reading, writing and mathematical skill abilities as well as the completion of personal and life history information. There is no study guide available for this test. Applicants advancing to the suitability test can plan to stay all afternoon and lunch will be provided. No enlistments will be made at this time and applicants should make plans to return to their home immediately following testing.

Minimum Qualifications

You must be at least 21 years of age and no more than 39 years of age prior to enlistment, and possess a high school diploma or GED. You must have a valid driver's license for two years prior to making application. Applicants may test at the age of 20 with the understanding that they will be 21 prior to the tentative enlisted date of Feburary 3, 2020.

Salary and Benefits

$3210.33 per month ($38,524 annual); $3815.33 per month upon Academy graduation ($45,784 annual). Competitive benefits package including life and health insurance, retirement, paid holidays, paid vacations, veterans’ incentive and more.

Vacation and sick leave are accrued each month. Troopers participate in the State health insurance program and are covered by the Troopers retirement Plan B. Time and one-half is earned for hours worked over 40 each week and special overtime is available through a variety of programs. Uniforms, ordinance and other equipment are provided.

Other Information for Applicants

Contact Information

Recruiting Coordinator
Major D. L. Lemmon 

Personnel Section
West Virginia State Police
725 Jefferson Road
South Charleston, WV 25309

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Phone Number: 304-746-2117 
Fax Number: 304-746-2105

Directions to the Academy

The West Virginia State Police Academy located about 10 minutes west of Charleston, WV, near Institute, along Interstate 64. Take the Academy/Route 25 exit, proceed east on Route 25, approximately ¾ of a mile turn left on Academy Drive, then turn right at the top of the hill. The physical address is 135 Academy Drive, Dunbar, WV 25064.

Troop 1 Testing Location

Saturday, September 07, 2019

WVSP Morgantown Detachment 
3453 Monongahela Blvd
Morgantown, WV 26505

Troop 2 Testing Location

Friday, September 6, 2019 

Spring Mills High School
499 Campus Drive 
Martinsburg WV 25404


West Virginia State Police Is An Equal Opportunity Employer