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PA State Police Change Cadet Eligibility

Written By: Kellie Meyer
PA State Police Change Cadet Eligibility

December 19, 2013

NORTHERN TIER (WENY) -- If you're looking to become part of the Pennsylvania State Police. A new change this morning could be increasing your chances.
     PA State Police are changing cadet admission eligibility. Now the state will allow work experience to replace college credit. They're doing it to attract active duty military members, veterans and those with full time law enforcement experience.
     State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says many who come out of the military have been excluded because they don't meet the current college eligibility requirements. Now that has changed.
     In accordance with today's changes, applicants must:
•possess a valid driver's license from any state upon appointment as a Pennsylvania State Police Cadet; 
•be a resident of Pennsylvania and possess a valid Pennsylvania driver's license at the time of graduation;
•be at least 20 years old on the date the application is completed;
•be at least 21 years of age and cannot have reached their 40th birthday on the date of appointment as a state police cadet;
•possess a high school diploma or a GED certificate, plus an associate's degree or 60 semester credit hours at an accredited institution of higher education at the time of application.  However, the following waivers to the education requirement are available:
◦60 semester credit hours waived for those applicants with four full years of any law enforcement experience that encompasses the powers of arrest under state and/or federal law.  Determination of relevant law enforcement experience to be made by the Pennsylvania State Police on a case-by-case basis.
◦60 semester credit hours are waived for those applicants with at least four full years of active military duty with an honorable discharge.
◦30 semester credit hours waived for those applicants with two full years of any law enforcement experience that encompasses the powers of arrest under state and/or federal law. Determination of relevant law enforcement experience to be made by the Pennsylvania State Police on a case-by-case basis.
◦30 semester credit hours are waived for those applicants with at least two full years of active military duty with an honorable discharge.
     Additional information about eligibility requirements is available online at http://www.patrooper.com/.