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Lateral Entry Trooper Recruit School

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Lateral Entry Trooper Recruit School

Now hiring licensed police officers

12-week accelerated recruit school begins May 12, 2024




Lateral entry requirements:

Why MSP?

  • State troopers have statewide jurisdiction and recruits get to choose their top three post locations.
  • MSP provides ongoing top-notch training and equipment, and troopers regularly conduct their own investigations with support from MSP’s numerous resources.
  • Ample opportunity for career advancement and many specialty assignments, including canine handler, computer crimes, narcotics, evidence technician, bomb squad, aviation, Emergency Support Team, marine services, traffic crash reconstruction, Tactical Bike Team, and more.
Learn more about career paths

Competitive pay:

Max: $83,761.60
Base salary, not including shift differential and overtime opportunities.

Max: $96,740.80
Base salary, not including shift differential and overtime opportunities.


Max: $107,827.20
Base salary, not including shift differential and overtime opportunities.

Max: $128, 334

Max: $138,186

Max: $157,789

Great benefits:

  • Specialty assignments available after two years.
  • Promotional opportunities at five years of service.
  • Pension Plus Benefit Plan including defined benefit/defined contribution and health savings plan.
  • Paid holiday, vacation and sick leave, as well as 12 weeks of paid parental leave. 
  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurances. 
  • Uniforms and equipment are provided. 
  • Tuition reimbursement, career guidance, specialized training, employee resource groups, and access to wellness and resiliency resources. 
  • Partnerships for reduced/discounted tuition and recognition of training for college credits at numerous colleges and universities.

MSP's Values in Action


Treat Everyone With Dignity and Respect

We recognize the humanity of everyone we interact with. We seek to understand before being understood. We appreciate each other’s contributions.
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Exercise Patience and Empathy

We take the time to consider the perspectives of others and get to know those who we interact with. We assume people are doing the best they can.
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Take Care of Yourself and Others

We do the right thing, always. We are prepared and ready to serve. We prioritize our wellbeing and support the welfare of others at all times.
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Develop Meaningful Connections

We show up in a genuine way. We take the time to learn what is important to others to move beyond transactional interactions and create lasting impact.

Be Responsive and Communicate Clearly

We treat every interaction as a customer service opportunity. We listen carefully and are thoughtful with our words because they have impact. We take ownership to understand, clarify, and share messages.
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Embrace Learning and Growth Opportunities

We maintain a growth mindset. We seek to strengthen our knowledge and skills. We show a willingness to go outside our comfort zone to strengthen relationships and build understanding.
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Be an Advocate for Change

We encourage each other to challenge the status quo in pursuit of continual advancement. We listen with an open mind and consider not only what is, but what could be.

Questions? Contact us:

Call: 517-284-3197
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Ready to become a trooper?

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