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Troopers Seeking Qualified Applicants For The 2020 Cadet Process

The Cadet Program was established in 1998 under House Bill #478 during the 139th Session of the General Assembly, and enables eligible persons to obtain training and limited enforcement powers while being exposed to the various sections of the Delaware State Police. Since the inception of the program, several Cadets have gone on to be hired as Delaware State Troopers.

An individual applying should have the following qualifications, knowledge and abilities:

Must be 18 to 21 years of age to apply and enter the Cadet program
Must be a citizen of the United States and a Delaware Resident
Must be currently enrolled in a Delaware accredited university or college in an undergraduate program (full-time or part- time).
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Must maintain a good personal appearance and physical condition
Must have a sincere interest in the position and a continuing interest in the law enforcement profession
May remain employed with the Division as a Cadet while actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, either full or part time, up until their 24th birthday
Cadets completing their undergraduate degree with an active application for Trooper on file with Human Resources prior to their graduation may remain a cadet until they complete that Cadet SOP one applicant process.
The primary function of the Cadet Program, under enabling legislation of House Bill 478, is:

Enforcement of Handicapped Parking under Title 21, Chapter 41, Section 4183.
Enforcement of Fire Lane Parking under Title 21, Chapter 70, Section 7004.
Assisting with targeted enforcement efforts (i.e., red light enforcement).
Assisting with traffic control at Division-sponsored events. (i.e., Delaware State Police graduations, promotional ceremonies, etc.)
Assignment of various administrative tasks at troop/section level.
Cadets earn $13.04/hour.

Interested persons should apply online via: The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Any questions should be directed to the Recruitment Office at (302) 739-5980 or via email at

Important Notice – Cadets are NOT Troopers, and are limited in the scope of enforcement as contained herein. Cadets are considered to be casual seasonal employees of the Division and thus are not entitled to benefits. Cadets will receive forty (40) hours of training at the Delaware State Police Training Academy prior to being assigned to a Troop.

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