THP accepting applications for its next cadet class

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is currently accepting applications for its next cadet class, which starts in January 2022.

During the 16-week and 10-week lateral academy for Tennessee P.O.S.T. certified officers, the THP training division will challenge and prepare cadets to become a Tennessee state trooper. In addition, the training that cadets receive from the training curriculum is transferable as college credit hours.

Daily services performed by a Tennessee state trooper include: assisting the public, enforcement of criminal and traffic laws, traffic enforcement, motorcycle traffic patrol, crash investigation, crash reconstruction, criminal interdiction, criminal investigations, identity crimes investigations, special operations, tactical duties, K-9 handling, diving, aviation, executive protective services, bomb squad, and much more.

Men and women interested in a career as a Tennessee state trooper must apply online. Applications are being accepted now through Tuesday. Individuals interested in applying must be at least 21 years old at the time of application, a U.S. citizen, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Once approved by the Department of Human Resources, applicants will be notified of their qualification status via email and required to complete a survey. The THP anticipates the agility test and interview appointments to begin late September 2021 at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Training Center in Nashville.

The starting salary for a trooper cadet while in school is $3,216 per month, which increases to $3,619 per month after graduation. This equates to $43,248 annually with an annual 4.5% statutory step raise for the first 10 years. With regular pay increases, a trooper can earn $64,536 per year after 10 years of service under the current pay structure. Pay may also increase if you are promoted within the THP.

For additional information on becoming a state trooper, visit For more information about applications, interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Tennessee Department of Human Resources applicant services division at 615-741-4841 or email the recruitment division at