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New York State police announce opening of recruitment center at the Walden Galleria

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Dec 14, 2021

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State Police are making strategic ways to fill positions within the department by establishing a recruitment center at the Walden Galleria.

This initiative is to get the ball rolling for people to sign up and take the trooper entrance exam.

One of the state troopers, Adriene Thrats has been serving the people of New York as a state trooper for seven years. "You want to see people who can relate to you," Thrats says. "That's very important to me and coming from where I coe from it's imporant to people that I know."

Thrats' on the front lines of efforts to recruit a new class of state troopers from every corner of the state.

Her and others are hoping capitalize on the thousands of people coming through the
Walden Galleria every week by opening this new recruitment center.

State police spokesperson, Trooper James O'Callaghan, says from January 3 through April 30th, anyone interested in becoming a trooper can take a written test. "Then we’ll tally up the scores then depending on how well you scored on that, he says. "You’ll get a call from us relatively quick because we’re going to start the hiring process immediately."

The recruitment center is across from Dave & Buster's and can be accessed by entering through the Cheesecake Factory entrance.

NYSP currently has approximately 4,800 sworn members and have contracted with Pearson VUE to offer the entrance exam at 54 testing centers in the state, over 250 locations in the country and 112 military locations around the world.

Exam Qualifications:

  • US Citizen
  • 20-29 years of age (The maximum age may be extended one year for each year of full-time active military duty - up to a maximum of 7 years)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Additional qualifications required at time of appointment can be found here.

To apply for the exam you can click here.

NYSP said the salary and benefits are as follows:

  • Starting salary: $58,443
  • After one year: $82,677
  • Full benefits & retirement