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Trooper Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
  • Be a United States Citizen by birth or Naturalized United States Citizen
    • -OR- able to attain citizenship within 18 months of hire ***OAR 259-008-0019 - 1 citizenship (a) & (b)
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • At least 21 years old within six months of application and must be at least 21 years old by date of hire.
  • Possess and maintain a valid license to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Applicants must be in good health and good moral character: moral character is defined as possessing the attributes of empathy, courage, fortitude, honesty, loyalty and additional virtues deemed to be morally good.
  • Meet all applicable medical and physical requirements and
  • Meet all applicable background, credit, and criminal history checks

** NOTE: The criminal history check will include, but will be limited to, a review of your conviction arrest records for any violation of OAR 259-008-0070 which would make you not eligible to be a certified police officer by Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

OAR (Oregon Administrative Rules)

Additional Disqualifiers
An application will not be processed for any of the below listed reasons. 
  • A felony conviction under state or federal law.
  • A misdemeanor conviction relating to domestic violence, sex crimes, fraud, or moral turpitude.
  • Other misdemeanor conviction within the last five years.
  • Conviction for minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage within the last 12 months.
  • Conviction for minor in possession of Marijuana within the last 12 months.         
  • Conviction for a traffic crime or a DUII diversion within the last five years.
  • Criminal (Felony/Misdemeanor) operator’s license suspension within the last five years.         
  • Three or more moving traffic violation convictions within the last two years.
  • Careless driving conviction within the last 12 months.
  • Conviction for an open container of an alcoholic beverage within the last 12 months.          
  • Conviction of a Class A traffic violation within the last 12 months.
  • Five or more traffic violation convictions, including suspensions, within the last three years.          
  • Operator’s license suspension within the last three years.
  • Possession, sale, distribution, manufacture, or use of an illegal drug within the last 10 years.          
  • Personal use of marijuana within the last 12 months with the exception of Cannabidiol (CBD) for purchase through the retail market. 
  • Discharge from any branch of the Armed Forces classified as Other Than Honorable, Bad Conduct, or Dishonorable.
  • Currently No Valid Operator’s License. 
  • Operator’s License Currently Expired.    
  • Operator’s License Currently Suspended.
  • Convicted Arrest Record in violation of OAR 259-008-0070 Not Eligible to be Certified Police Officer by DPSST.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to workforce diversity and inclusion. We strive to have our workforce reflect the increasingly diverse cultures of our state and the people we serve.

The Oregon State Police recognizes diversity as the array of human differences in our state that will ensure we are better able to serve Oregonians with fairness, inclusion, openness, and respect.

Each applicant must be of good moral fitness (moral character).  The following are indications of a lack of good moral fitness.

  • Illegal conduct involving moral turpitude.
  • Conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
  • Intentional deception or fraud or attempted deception, or fraud in any application, examination, or other document.
  • Conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.
  • Acts or conduct which would cause a reasonable person to have substantial doubts about the individual's honesty, fairness, respect for the rights of others, or for the laws of the state and/or the nation.
  • Conduct that adversely reflects on the individual's fitness to perform as a law enforcement officer.