Nebraska State Trooper (Officer Candidate during Camp)

NE Statewide
Nebraska State Patrol

Nebraska State Troopers are sworn state deputy sheriffs and are authorized to perform police services in all of Nebraska’s 93 counties. The Nebraska State Patrol is committed to professional public service reflecting recognition of the inherent value of each individual in society. Officers strive to earn and maintain trust, respect, and confidence by exemplifying the belief that the freedoms, rights, and dignity of all citizens must be protected and preserved, and the highest standards of morality, fairness, honesty, dedication, professionalism, and courage are expected from an officer.

Salary: $21.00 per hour during camp as Officer Candidate; after Camp #62 graduation on 6/19/20, the Trooper rate of pay will be $22.38 per hour, and on 7/1/20, will increase to $23.05 per hour ($47,944 per year), per the SLEBC Contract Pay Plan.


The Basic Recruit Camp is a resident 25* week course with an intense paramilitary structured learning arena where the fundamentals of being a Trooper are taught. Core learning areas include academics, physical fitness, firearms training, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, commercial motor vehicle training, accident investigation, patrolling, building search, and Nebraska law and courtroom procedures. Upon graduation, Trooper duties begin in the Traffic Services or Carrier Enforcement Divisions and include taking appropriate enforcement action of any violation of the law committed in their presence and working with communities to improve public safety. Traffic (Patrol) Services Division duties include, enforcing traffic and drug laws, and investigating crimes. Carrier Enforcement Division duties primarily focus on the laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of commercial motor vehicles (trucks & buses), by weighing and conducting roadside inspections of such vehicles. (*23 weeks of training over 25 week time period).


Requirements are set by State statutes and Chapter 8 of Nebraska Crime Commission on Law Enforcement rules and regulations. Requirements include: Be 21 years of age on or before the oath of office is taken and be a U.S. Citizen prior to the oath of office is taken; must have high school diploma or GED; must have the ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language at the eleventh grade level as demonstrated by the Test of Adult Basic Education; good physical condition with the ability to complete and pass a physical abilities test; possess sufficient vision and hearing to perform the essential functions of a sworn officer; possess good character (does not have a past indicative of incompetence or neglect of duty and does not have a past indicative of physical, mental, or emotional incapacity) and high moral standards as determined by a thorough background investigation and be fingerprinted to permit search for and disclosure of any criminal record; hold a valid motor vehicle operator's license be free of a conviction of a domestic violence crime that disqualifies them from possessing a firearm; free of any felony convictions or free of any conviction of physical violence constituting a Class I misdemeanor in Nebraska; must not have been subject to punitive discharge from U.S. Armed Forces; has not been convicted of any crime involving the threat of or actual sexual assault or abuse; has not been convicted of any crime of physical violence or sexual abuse against a child or children; not have been convicted of DUI two years prior to camp start date; cannot have used marijuana within the last two years from date of application; not have illegally sold, produced, cultivated or transported marijuana or other controlled substance for sale; not have used marijuana or other controlled substance, other than one prescribed by a physician, while employed or appointed as a peace officer or law enforcement officer; cannot have used illicit drugs within the last five years from date of application; applicants who receive conditional offers of employment must complete a medical examination, psychological examination, and polygraph examination.