State police are reminding those who’d like to join their ranks that this is the final week to sign up for the entrance exam.
The New York State Police entrance exam is being given for the first time since 2008. Those who pass the test will get on an eligibility list that will remain in effect for four years. The exams will be held each weekend in October at various locations throughout the state.
Candidates must be between 20 and 29 years old and have 60 college credits at the time of appointment.
Online applications must be submitted by Sunday, Sept. 8. The agency has 26,883 people signed up to take it.
After several years with no trooper training classes due to budget limits, there have been three, with 181 trainees currently at the State Police Academy heading toward Dec. 10 graduation.
Another class starting in January will draw from the current candidate list.
Sgt. John La Plante, agency spokesman, says they expect to draw from the list created from the October exam to form a summer class.
The agency currently has 4,642 officers.
Starting salary is $50,374 and rises to $66,905 on graduation and $84,739 after five years.
To apply or get more information, go to www.NYtrooper.com .