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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was created in 1937 and still today Respect, Professionalism, Self -Discipline, Loyalty, Honesty, and Integrity is what makes the Troopers of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol can only accept applications during open application periods. Depending on the budget, we might not have an academy each year. State law defines the minimum requirements and standards set forth.  Requirements are set by state law and cannot be waived.  The OHP can not take lateral transfers from other departments. 

The application process takes about 6 months after the deadline for the next academy.  During this time frame, applicants are contacted and given a test date.  The initial testing is composed of a physical agility test, a written test, and an Oral Interview Board.  Top applicants will undergo an extensive background investigation. Tentative selectees are given a drug screen, polygraph test, complete physical examination, vision test, and psychological evaluation.

Men and women accepted into the 20 week academy must reside in the academy dormitory in Oklahoma City and will be classified as OHP Cadets. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Cadets receive intensive training in subjects such as traffic and criminal laws, self-defense, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, vehicle stops, first aid, physical training, and public relations.

Oklahoma Troopers have the responsibility of patrolling primary and secondary roads, assisting motorists, investigating accidents, testifying in court, and aiding other police agencies.

If you are interested in applying for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, call toll free
1-866-659-9021
or send e-mail to
OHPJOBS for more information.
For more information, submit your name, address, and phone number by e-mailing our Recruiting Division:

Oklahoma Highway Patrol - Official Recruiting Web Site


The 63rd Patrol Academy begins January 28th, 2015.

The 64th Academy is anticipated to start on January 27, 2016
Applications are now being accepted till June 30th, 2015.



Requirements

Qualifications Age (by start date of Academy)
Minimum: 21 years
Maximum: 45 years (at the start of the Academy, can turn 46 after the starts)

Education
Must possess an associate degree or completed a minimum of 62 semester hours from an accredited college or university as denoted in the Database of Accredited Post secondary Institutions and Programs and whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions;
OR
Shall have successfully completed thirty-two (32) semester hours from an accredited college or university as denoted in the Database of Accredited Post secondary Institutions and Programs and whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions and has completed three (3) years of active military or reserve military service by the start of the academy.
OR
Shall have successfully completed thirty-two (32) semester hours from an accredited college or university as denoted in the Database of Accredited Post secondary Institutions and Programs and whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions and has received an honorable discharge from any active military or reserve military service.

Applicants with military service shall receive up to ten (10) semester hours for each year of honorable service in any active military or reserve military service up to a maximum of three (3) years or thirty (30) semester hours.

Residency
Citizen of the United States of America

Required documents
1. Certified State Issued Birth Certificate
2. Official College Transcript(s)
3. DD-214 and other VA documents (if applicable)
4. One (1) completed Biographical Questionnaire. HR will provide you with the Biographical Questionnaire.

***DO NOT MAIL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS***  
Required documents should be brought with you to your first testing date.

Physical Agility and Written Testing is tentatively scheduled for July 13, 2015 through July 17, 2015. 
If the Physical Agility and Written Tests are successfully completed, you will be scheduled for a Structured Interview. 

Structured Interviews will be tentatively scheduled July 20, 2015 through July 22, 2015.
Human Resources will contact you via email with specific testing and interview dates. 
      

Requirements are set by state law, Title 47 Section 2-105, and cannot be waived. Click here for the Law link.


Disqualifications
Self-determination of disqualification

1.   Convicted 2 or more times for DUI, DWI, or DUID?
2.   Convicted of one DUI, DWI, or DUID within the past three (3) years?
3.   Driving privileges legitimately suspended or revoked within the past 36 months?  
4.   Convicted of 5 or more moving traffic violations on more than 3 separate
     occasions within the past 36 months?
5.   Have you used marijuana at all within the last 3 years?
6.   Have you used methamphetamine, heroin, phencyclidine (PCP), LSD, cocaine,
       crack cocaine, illegal inhalants, ecstasy, rohypnol, or any other non-prescription
       drug (except marijuana) at all within the last 10 years?
7.   Have you used methamphetamine, heroin, phencyclidine (PCP), LSD, cocaine,
       crack cocaine, illegal inhalants, ecstasy, rohypnol, or any other non-prescription
       drug (except marijuana) more than five (5) occasions in your life?
8.   Have you, since age 16, sold any illegal drug for profit?
9.   Have you ever used an illegal drug (no matter how may times or how long ago)
       while in a law enforcement, prosecutorial position, or in a position which
       carries with it a
high level of responsibility or public trust?
10. 
Any person ever convicted of a felony?
11. Any person ever convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence?
12. Is there any reason you can not legally be entitled to carry a firearm?

Time periods will be calculated based on your application date.

If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, you should NOT apply for the position, as you are disqualified.


Tattoo / Body Art Policy

Body Art – Tattoos, piercings, brands, intentional body mutilations, ornamentation and intentional scarring.

Sworn and non-sworn Patrol personnel are permitted to have body art. However, members shall not display body art more than two (2) inches below the cuff of the short sleeve Class A shirt while working in an official capacity.

Patrol members are required to cover all non-conforming body art by wearing the Class A or Class B uniform or appropriate civilian attire depending on the employee’s assigned duties. During the optional and mandatory “summer uniform” time frame, those employees with non-conforming body art will be required to wear the Class A summer long sleeve or Class B long sleeve shirt or appropriate civilian attire.

Body art is not permitted on the neck, face, head, hands, exposed legs or any area of the chest visible in any authorized uniform or attire.

Conforming body art shall not display any language or symbols that are profane, vulgar, offensive, anti-government, discriminatory, racist or pornographic in nature. The final decision on whether a piece of body art violates this section shall lie with the Chief or his designee.



Assignments

All assignments are made at the discretion of the Chief of the Patrol.  Assignments are throughout the state of Oklahoma.


Application Process

 

State job application information

 

     Fill out the online application and follow instructions to submit.  Make sure you have the required documents:  birth certificate, college transcript, DD-214 (if applicable), veteran's preference claim form (if applicable) and full-time CLEET certificate (if applicable):

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
Human Resources Division
P. O. Box 11415
Oklahoma City, OK 73136-0415

 

     Human Resources will send you a letter to explain when and where testing will be.  Tests 1-3 will be conducted on the same day.  Applicants will also be required to turn in their Biographical Questionnaire that day.
 

 1.  Physical Agility Test
          A.  Sit-Ups (1 minute) - Minimum number needed to pass is 32.

          B.  300 Meter Run - Maximum time is :65 seconds

          C.  Push-Ups (1 minute) - Minimum number needed to pass is 23.

          D.  1.5 Mile Run – Maximum time is 14:15 (min/sec)

 

All events are pass/fail.  No extra points will be awarded for extra repetitions.

The physical agility test is based on Cooper’s Standards for Law Enforcement Personnel.
Each applicant must successfully complete each events in order to continue in the selection process.

 

 2.  Written Test - The test consists of reading comprehension, problem solving, mathematics, writing, and spelling. It also includes an assessment of personality characteristics such as interpersonal ability, assertiveness, stress tolerance, and ethics/integrity. This test must be passed with a minimum score of 70%. 
A study guide can be purchased from: I/O Solutions

 

 3.  Oral Interview - You will appear before an oral interview board consisting of three (3) OHP interviewers.

 

Biographical Questionnaire
Applicants must fill out a Biographical Questionnaire and bring it with them on their test date. 
This has to be done in order for the Highway Patrol to complete the background investigation. 
You will need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader® which is available at no charge from Adobe's website.

 

 4.  Polygraph Examination

 

 

 5.  Background Investigation - A thorough background investigation may be conducted on those who pass all three tests.


If you are chosen for further testing after background investigations are completed; an Executive Interview will be scheduled.

 

 

 6.  Executive Interview - with the Commissioner and Chief of Patrol.

 

If offered a position in the Academy, you will be scheduled for the following tests:

 

 

 7.  Psychological Written Test - (MMPI and/or CPI)

 

 8.  Vision Test - 20/70 vision in worst eye uncorrected and 20/20 vision in each eye corrected. If you do not wear corrective lens, your vision must be 20/20 in each eye.

 

 9.  Psychological Interview - Will be given by a psychologist contracted by the Department of Public Safety.

 

10.  Complete Physical Examination - Will be given by a physician contracted by DPS, includes drug testing.

 

11. Orthopedic Exam - Will be given by a physician contracted by DPS.

 

Acceptance into the academy is contingent upon successful completion of all testing.

Travel to and from all testing will be at the applicant's expense.


Salary and Benefits

Pay Scale Effective 01-01-2015, Law Title 47 Section 2-105.4
Cadet Highway Patrolman (during the academy) - $40,760.00  or  $3,396.00/mo.
Probationary Highway Patrolman (next 8 months) - $43,611.00  or  $3,634.00/mo. plus $100/mo uniform allowance
Highway Patrol Officer (step 1) - $3,888.67/mo + $50/mo shift differential + $150/mo uniform allowance

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officers are currently on a 7 step pay increase.
Step 1 - $46,664.00 or $3,888.67/month (1st year)
Step 2 - $49,930.00 or $4,160.83/month (2nd year)
Step 3 - $53,425.00 or $4,452.08/month (3rd year)
Step 4 - $57,166.00 or $4,763.83/month (4th year)
Step 5 - $61,167.00 or $5,097.25/month (5th year)
Step 6 - $65,450.00 or $5,454.17/month (6th year)
Step 7 - $70,030.00 or $5,835.83/month (7th year)

Company Car Included along with
In-Car Computer
Electronic reporting software (Accidents, E-Warnings, E-Citations, and more)
Handgun - Sig 357
Shotgun - Remington 870
Rifle - AR-15
Uniforms are furnished
Protective ballistic vest
Duty belt and leather for handcuffs, baton, and pepper spray
Rain and Winter coats
Plus much more.

Click here for more on the benefits package.


Miscellaneous information
Any applicant under CLEET obligation to a current employer will be responsible for any monies owed.

Mailing address
Submit all applications and necessary documents to:

Department of Public Safety
Human Resources Division
P.O. Box 11415
Oklahoma City, OK. 73136-0415

or send e-mail to OHPJOBS or call at 405-425-2165

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


Testing Procedures and Preparation

Each applicant must successfully complete each events in order to continue in the selection process.

 

  A. Sit-Ups (1 minute) - Minimum number needed to pass is 32.

            Testing Procedure

            Start by lying on your back, knees bent, heels flat on the floor, with the fingers laced and held behind the head.

            A partner holds the feet down firmly.

            When the whistle blows, perform as many correct sit-ups as possible in one minute.

            In the up position, you should touch your elbows to your knees or beyond your knees and then return until the                       shoulder blades touch the floor.

            Do not hold your breath while performing sit-ups. Hips should remain on the floor.

            • Only sit-ups correctly performed will be counted.  There is a 1 minute time limit on sit-ups.

            Any resting is done in the up position.

 

 

Sit-up Training Recommendation

The training schedule below will assist the applicant to prepare for the sit-up portion of the test. The first step is to see how many sit-ups you can do in one minute. This will be your starting point for your initial maximum number.

Week

Days per Week

Repetitions

Sets

Recovery

1-2

2-3

Initial Maximum Number

2

As needed

3-4

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 1-2 sit-ups

2-3

As needed

5-6

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 3-4 sit-ups

2-3

As needed

7-8

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 4-5 sit-ups

2-3

As needed

9-10

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 5-7 sit-ups

2-3

As needed

11-12

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 7-10 sit-ups

2-3

As needed

 

 

 

 B. 300 Meter Run - Maximum time is :65 seconds
            This will be a timed sprint on a standard track.

 

 

Training Recommendations for 1.5 mile run and 300 meter sprint

The training schedule below will provide general guidelines to assist the applicant to prepare for the running portion of the physical assessment. This schedule can be 6-12 weeks long depending on your level of fitness and when your test is scheduled. If your level of fitness is either at a beginners level or a more advanced level make adjustments accordingly.  Remember to stretch before and after every workout.

Week #

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Week

1-2

15-20 minutes

(Conversational pace)

15-20 minutes

(Conversational pace)

15-20 minutes

(Conversational pace)

15-20 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Week

3-4

20 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Track session

Run –100 yards at a controlled fast pace and then jog/walk 100 yards repeat for 6-8 laps

20 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Week # 3 - 25 minutes

Week # 4 - 1.5 mile/

300 meter time trial

Week

5-6

20-25 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Track session

1 x 300 meters (fast)

5-7 minutes recovery

1 x 300 meters (fast)

20-25 minutes

(Conversational pace)

30 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Week

7-8

25-30 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Track session

Run –200 yards at a controlled fast pace and then jog/walk 200 yards repeat for 6-8 laps

25-30 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Week # 7 - 25 minutes

Week # 8 - 1.5 mile/

300 meter time trial

Week

9-10

25-30 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Track session

1 x 300 meters (fast)

5-7 minutes recovery

1 x 300 meters (fast)

25-30 minutes

(Conversational pace)

20 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Week

11-12

20-25 minutes

(Conversational pace)

20-25 minutes

(Conversational pace)

20 minutes

(Conversational pace)

Week # 11 - 30 minutes

Week # 12 - 1.5 mile/300 meter time trial

 

 

 

 C. Push-Ups (1 minute) - Minimum number needed to pass is 23.

            Testing Procedure

            Start with hands placed approximately shoulders width apart on the floor and the elbows fully extended.

            The back and remainder of the body should be kept straight at all times.

            A helper will hold a four-inch measuring device, or a fist, under the applicant performing the push-up.

            In the up position, the applicant will lower the body towards the floor until the sternum touches the device being                       held by the helper.  The applicant then returns to the up position which completes one repetition.

            Only push-ups performed correctly will be counted.  There is a 1 minute time limit on push-ups.

            Any resting is done in the up position.

 

 

Training Recommendations

The training schedule below will assist the applicant to prepare for the push-up portion of the test. The first step is to see how many push-ups you can do in one minute. This will be your starting point for the initial maximum number.

Week

Days per Week

Repetitions

Sets

Recovery

1-2

2-3

Initial Maximum Number

2

As needed

3-4

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 1- 2 push-ups

2-3

As needed

5-6

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 3-4 push-ups

2-3

As needed

7-8

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 4-5 push-ups

2-3

As needed

9-10

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 5-7 push-ups

2-3

As needed

11-12

2-3

Initial Maximum Number + 7-10 push-ups

2-3

As needed

 

 

 

 D. 1.5 Mile Run – Maximum time is 14:15 (min/sec)
            This will be a timed run on a standard track.  6 laps with time called out on each lap.

 

 

All events are pass/fail.  No extra points will be awarded for extra repetitions.

The physical agility test is based on Cooper’s Standards for Law Enforcement Personnel. 


Academy Life

Training is 20 weeks in length with Cadets living in a dormitory and boot camp environment during the academy. The Robert R. Lester Training Center is located at the Department's headquarters complex, 3600 North Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oklahoma City.  During the academy, expect to stay the first 5 weeks without a break.  After that, cadets usually get off Friday evening and required to report back Sunday morning.  These days off can be cancelled at any time, just as the real world.

This is a STRESS academy and strict discipline is adhered to at all times.  Some fail, but the rest will be call State Trooper.

Do not show up out of shape, you will fail.  Show up in shape from the recommended workout programs.


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