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Becoming a UHP Trooper

Minimum Requirements (1)

20.5 years old, high school diploma or GED, U.S. Citizen or LPR card holder, no felony convictions

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Apply Online (2)

All candidates must apply through the online portal

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Prepare for Testing Day (3)

Get ready for the Physical Abilities Test (PAT), Written Exam and Initial Interview

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Background Investigation (4)

If you pass the Physical Abilities Test, written exam, and initial interview,
you will be invited to complete the background investigation.

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Majors Interview (5)

Applicants will undergo a 20 minute panel interview with UHP Assistant Superintendents. Successful candidates may receive a conditional offer of employment and move on the next steps of the selection process.

Exams & Evaluations (6)

After being cleared through your background investigation, you will complete the Psych Exam, Medical Evaluation and Polygraph Exam.

Start the Academy (7)

Once you successfully pass every test and evaluation, you will be put on a hiring roster, pending official offer and Academy start date.

Academy Information

    Hiring Highlights


    $68,640- $95,680 Health, dental, fully-funded retirement, click here to read more.

    Lateral Transfers

    Time is matched 1 for 1 up to 12 years. Get more lateral transfer info here.

    Career Opportunities

    15 different specialty areas available.

    Job Locations

    Applicants are able to provide preferred assignment locations. If the applicant makes it to the job offer we will attempt to get the applicant in one of the preferences they listed. Oftentimes the new Trooper is sent to a location on their preference list, but it is not a guarantee. Once you have completed one year in your initial assigned area, you can apply for transfers.

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    Aero Bureau

    The pilots and tactical flight officers (TFOs) of the DPS Aero Bureau provide invaluable and lifesaving assistance to individuals, law enforcement and state agencies. TFOs assist the pilot in all aspects of the flight and are a critical part of the air crew.
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    K9 Unit

    K9 officers are dual purpose, trained in either interdiction (drug) or explosive detection, as well as patrol. The K9 goes home with the handler every day. In addition, K9 handlers provide demonstrations for public information and education as well as community outreach.
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    Motor officers enjoy the small size of the bike during the spring/summer/fall and spend the winters in their patrol car. Benefits include traveling around the state for enforcement, attending parades, and being a part of motor escorts for a variety of events.
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    UHP Troopers work with a purpose to reduce crime, crashes, and deaths on Utah roadways. They engage in high-volume and balanced traffic enforcement on every shift with a focus on DUI detection, Seat Belt Violations, Speeding, Distracted/Drowsy Driving, and Equipment Violations.
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    Dive Team

    The DPS Dive Team is utilized by agencies across the State of Utah and neighboring states to provide assistance to aquatic homicide investigations and accidental drownings. The dive team is a part-time position and officers are expected to work in their sections full time.
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    DUI Squad

    Have a passion for getting impaired drivers off of Utah’s roads? Our DUI squad works hard and travels to different parts of the state to provide enforcement to high volume areas. These troopers are expected to be proficient in DUI arrest and keep up to date on training and current trends.
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    Capitol Security

    Troopers that serve in this capacity are tasked with becoming proficient in other areas of responsibilities which include: bike patrol, K9- Explosive Detection, Public Protection Unit, SERT, Court Security, and Threat Management.
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    Crash Investigation

    The Major Crash Investigation Team provides an in depth investigation into serious traffic collisions throughout the state. Troopers interested in becoming a member of MCIT must go through six weeks of extra crash investigation.
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    Dignitary Protection

    Dignitary Protection is a full time position that troopers are selected for; they are responsible for providing protection and security to the Governor, First Lady, Lt. Governor year round and visiting dignitaries as needed.
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    Commercial Vehicle

    Commercial vehicle troopers work with the UDOT to educate and encourage safety administration compliance. They are highly trained in the detection of unsafe vehicles, and performs inspections on all fatal crashes involving a commercial vehicle.
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    SLCC Policing

    Troopers in Section 21 provide a safe and secure educational learning environment for all students, faculty and campus visitors of Salt Lake Community College. Troopers have the opportunity to patrol in their vehicles, foot, and bike patrol.
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    SBI Agent

    The State Bureau of Investigation is the detective division of the Department of Public Safety. Within SBI, there are several different subdivisions that conduct different investigative activities, including Alcohol Enforcement, Major Crimes and the Narcotics Task Force.
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    The Special Emergency Response Team (SERT aka SWAT) consists of one full-time coordinator and 15 part-time operators who respond to incidents, assist with training, plan operations, and provide tactical response throughout Utah.
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    Public Protection

    The Public Protection Unit manages situations with thorough training, understanding and minimum use of force. As PPU troopers complete their other assignment on the road, they will respond as needed to civil unrest and at the request to assist other agencies.
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    Honor Guard

    The UHP Honor Guard has been a specialized unit within the patrol for over 20 years. The purpose of the unit is to represent the UHP at ceremonial functions and exemplify departmental “esprit de corps.”