SD Highway Patrol looking for (more than) a few good men and women

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Do you think you have what it takes to enforce the laws and serve the public on the highways and byways of the Mount Rushmore State? Well, then the South Dakota Highway Patrol (SDHP) wants to talk to you!

A badge worn by a South Dakota State Trooper. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is looking for trooper candidates for its next recruit class this fall. Photo Date: Jan. 24, 2019.

Successful recruits earn the right to wear the Trooper’s badge.

The SDHP is looking to hire a large class of trooper recruits for its next training period to start this fall. The SDHP has had an increased number of retirements and departures from the organization and wants to get recruits training as soon as possible.

They are looking for trooper candidates who have the physical and mental stamina to work independently in situations that can be stressful and dangerous. Trooper candidates also must show that they can provide compassionate assistance to residents and visitors in need of assistance.

Training to become a state trooper is long and demanding. But many troopers feel that after their training, they come out with a new family.

Trooper Erickson with her patrol cruiser.

“You spend 13 weeks of basic training together, you’re learning a lot there,” said Trooper Paige Erickson. “When you graduate from there you start the Highway Patrol Academy, which is ten extra weeks of [training].

“You spend night and day together, you get up early in the morning, go on a run together, eat lunch together, eat dinner together, shine your boots together,” Erickson continued. “By the end you go in as strangers, but you go out as a family.”

The SDHP is accepting until Feb. 28.

The SDHP is also actively seeking female candidates. Seminars for women interesting in joining the SDHP will be held in Aberdeen, Rapid City, Pierre, Sioux Falls, and Watertown on dates to be decided.

To learn more about the SDHP and the recruiting and hiring process, call the Training Division at 605-773-2231, or visit the SDHP online.

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