VSP introduces “Pathway to Trooper” program

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

The Virginia State Police unveiled a new program designed to help young people accelerate their timeline to becoming a trooper.

The “Pathway to Trooper “program is designed for 18-20 year-olds to help them find employment while they wait to turn 21 by graduation from the Academy.

Through the program, young adults may join the State Police as an Emergency Dispatcher at one of seven locations.

The State Police will then reserve a spot in the Academy for that applicant once they become eligible.

The new program includes financial incentives:

  • $5,000 hiring bonus once becoming an Emergency Dispatcher
  • $5,000 retention bonus upon completion of basic training at the Academy
  • eligibility for a 10% salary increase upon completion of training.

The State Police are continuously hosting new Academy classes with the most recent group of 52 Troopers graduating in February.

To learn more about the program, click here. 

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