The cadet trooper participates in an academy training program to learn the general duties of police work. Upon graduation from the academy, the cadet trooper is promoted to trooper and attends the state trooper academy, which includes training on department policies, practices and standards. Lateral applicants who meet the qualifications for a trooper will also be required to attend the state trooper academy. A trooper is a fully certified law enforcement officer who, under supervision, patrols highways, enforces laws and ordinances, investigates collisions, and performs related duties. Troopers are assigned to locations throughout Arizona.
A cadet trooper earn an annual salary of $40,275 while in training at the Pre-Academy and the Arizona Law Enforcement (basic training) Academy (approximately 20 weeks). Upon graduation and certification, cadets are promoted to trooper (entry level), with an annual salary of $46,988.
Qualified Certified Officers who laterally transfer to the agency will receive an annual salary based on the number of full time years of experience up to step 5 ($56,409.).
Progression through the trooper classification is a nine step process, currently beginning at $46,988 and topping out at $65,830.