The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is now accepting applications for the 65th Academy. The application period is open from January 1 through June 30, 2017. To apply, click here.
In light of budgetary concerns and potential budgetary shortfalls, the positions may or may not be filled. DPS anticipates knowing the final decision prior to the closing date of the posting (June 30, 2017).
65th Academy Start Date
January 24, 2018
- Biographical Questionnaire: The Biographical Questionnaire will be e-mailed to all applicants with further instructions.
- Birth certificate: The birth certificate must be a certified state issued document.
- Education: Must present an associate degree or official transcript showing semester hours completed from an accredited college or university no later than December 15, 2014.
- Military: If applicable, provide DD214 long form and/or official military records verifying length of service.
The documents must be ready to present on the date scheduled for the physical and written tests. Human Resources will request the documents upon successful completion of the physical and written tests.
- Law Enforcement Highway Patrol Officer Cadet Salary during academy: $3,396.67/mo
- Probationary Law Enforcement Highway Patrol Officer Salary: $3,634.25/mo
- Annual Leave: 15 days/year
- Sick Leave: 15 days/year
- Paid Holidays: 10/year
- Health Insurance and Life Insurance
- Retirement Plan
- Longevity Pay (after two years employment)
- Expense Allowance
- Shift Differential Pay
- Additional Benefit Information
Minimum of 21 years of age, but no older than 45 when the academy starts.
- Must possess an associate degree or completed a minimum of 62 semester hours from an accredited college or university as denoted in the Database of Accredited Post-secondary Institutions and Programs and whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions; or
- Shall have successfully completed thirty-two (32) semester hours from an accredited college or university as denoted in the Database of Accredited Post- secondary Institutions and Programs and whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions and has completed three (3) years of active military or reserve military service by the start of the academy. or
- Shall have successfully completed thirty-two (32) semester hours from an accredited college or university as denoted in the Database of Accredited Post- secondary Institutions and Programs and whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions and has received an honorable discharge from any active military or reserve military service.
Applicants with military service shall receive up to ten (10) semester hours for each year of honorable service in any active military or reserve military service up to a maximum of three (3) years or thirty (30) semester hours.
Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
Duty station assignments will be announced during the latter half of the Patrol Academy.
Physical Agility Test
- Sit-Ups (1 minute) - Minimum number needed to pass is 32
- 300 Meter Run - Maximum time is 64 seconds
- Push-Ups (1 minute) - Minimum number needed to pass is 23
- 1.5 Mile Run - Maximum time is 14:15 (min/sec)
Illegal Drug Usage
Any applicant having used any illegal drug including, but not limited to marijuana (including any synthetics, waxes or oils), anabolic steroid, methamphetamines, heroin, phencyclidine (PCP), LSD, cocaine, crack cocaine, illegal inhalants, ecstasy, rohypnol, or a prescription drug that was not prescribed and not used for its intended purpose, at all within three (3) years of January 1 of the application year will be disqualified and removed from the application process.
Having a history of illegal drug use that tends to establish a pattern will be grounds for disqualification from the hiring process.
- Applicants, who exhibit an established pattern of illegal drug use of any class of controlled substance, including marijuana, as defined in Oklahoma State Statutes, shall be grounds for disqualification from the hiring process. This includes prescription drugs not prescribed to the applicant for their use, anabolic steroids, and designer type drugs. Evaluation will be based upon how the drug was obtained, the number and frequency of use, the intended purpose, type of drug, and from whom the drug was obtained.
- The suitability of an applicant, who has illegally used any class of a controlled substance that does not establish a pattern of abuse, including marijuana, will be evaluated on the basis of the circumstance(s) of involvement, use, length of use, intent, and quantity of use.
- Applicants who have established a pattern of selling, manufacturing, distributing or cultivating illegal drugs, including marijuana will be disqualified.
- Applicants who have used an illegal drug (no matter how many times or how long ago) while in a law enforcement, prosecutorial position, or in a position which carries a high level of responsibility or public trust will be disqualified and removed from the application process.
Military Discharges and Selective Service Registration
Applicants with military service must submit a copy of their most current military history form (DD-214 Member-4 Copy, or NGB-22) with the biographical questionnaire during the application process.
Military service will be reviewed using the following guidelines:
- Applicants who possess an honorable discharge will be eligible for further consideration
- Applicants who possess a general discharge under honorable conditions will be considered; however, all disciplinary action will be thoroughly investigated to determine whether the applicant is eligible for further consideration
- Any applicant who possesses a dishonorable discharge or bad conduct discharge will be disqualified and removed from the application process.
- Applicants who were discharged from military service for ineptitude, unsuitability, undesirability, or like causes will be grounds for disqualification.
- Male applicants who failed to register for Selective Service within thirty (30) days of their 18th birthday will be disqualified and removed from the application process.
Traffic and Criminal Records
The following shall be considered grounds for disqualification from the hiring process. The date used to determine the below disqualifications will be January 1 of the application year.
- Being prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle;
- Having been convicted two (2) or more times for DUI, DWI, or DUI (Drugs);
- Having been convicted of one (1) DUI, DWI, or DUI (Drugs) within the past three (3) years.
- Having been convicted of three (3) or more traffic violations, or a conviction of failing to maintain financial responsibility within the last 12 months, will disqualify the applicant for a period of three (3) years from the date of the last traffic violation or date of conviction for failing to maintain financial responsibility;
- Having been convicted of six (6) or more traffic violations, or a conviction of failing to maintain financial responsibility within the last 24 months, will disqualify the applicant for three (3) years from the date of the last traffic violation conviction;
- The applicant's driver license has been suspended for refusal to submit to a chemical test within the last ten years;
- Applicants who are currently on probation for any traffic offense or have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked within the last thirty-six (36) months are ineligible and will be disqualified for a period of three (3) years from the date the probation was completed or date the suspension or revocation was lifted;
- Currently delinquent or having been delinquent in child support payments within the last five (5) years as determined by a court or the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office;
- Having been or currently on court-ordered supervision or probation for any felony or misdemeanor offense;
- Having been convicted of any felony;
- Having been convicted of a crime involving domestic abuse;
- Currently being under indictment or criminal investigation;
- Being prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition;
- Having committed theft(s) while in a position of trust or in a pattern that shows habitual theft will disqualify the applicant;
Applicants must be of good moral character and habits. An investigation will be made regarding character, habits, previous employment, or other matters necessary to satisfactorily establish good moral character, habits, honesty, truth, and veracity. Credit history and financial condition of the applicant will be reviewed. Credit history will not be a sole basis for disqualification.
Applicants must answer truthfully and fully all questions asked of them. Any misrepresentation or omission of any material fact on the application, other department forms, during the background investigation, or in any phase of the selection process may disqualify the applicant.
If an investigation discloses a willful misrepresentation, omission or falsification, the application will be rejected and the applicant may be disqualified from applying in the future.
Having committed sufficient criminal activities to establish a pattern of disregard for the law will disqualify the applicant.
Having committed any detected or undetected crime of a serious or aggravated nature will disqualify the applicant. This may include, but is not limited to, murder, manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping, rape or any other sex crime, sexual assault, lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child, incest, and/or crimes against nature
Commission of a detected or undetected serious crime as an adult, which constitutes a felony, domestic violence, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, repeated misdemeanor offenses, or a crime involving violence that occurred within 10 years prior to the submission of the application will disqualify the applicant.
Any undetected crimes occurring beyond the ten (10) year period will be subject to further review.
Having been involved with seditious movements, terrorist activities, or any efforts to violently overthrow the United States government will disqualify the applicant.
Disciplinary action in prior employment, the military or educational institutions will be a basis for further evaluation. If applicants are disqualified for disciplinary actions, they cannot reapply within 1 year from the date they were disqualified.
Other indications of criminal history will be individually evaluated.
Tattoo / Body Art Policy
Body Art = Tattoos, piercings, brands, intentional body mutilations, ornamentation and intentional scarring.
Sworn and non-sworn Patrol personnel are permitted to have body art. However, members shall not display body art more than two (2) inches below the cuff of the short sleeve Class A shirt while working in an official capacity.
Patrol members are required to cover all non-conforming body art by wearing the Class A or Class B uniform or appropriate civilian attire depending on the employee’s assigned duties. During the optional and mandatory “summer uniform” time frame, those employees with non-conforming body art will be required to wear the Class A summer long sleeve or Class B long sleeve shirt or appropriate civilian attire.
Body art is not permitted on the neck, face, head, hands, exposed legs or any area of the chest visible in any authorized uniform or attire. Conforming body art shall not display any language or symbols that are profane, vulgar, offensive, anti-government, discriminatory, racist or pornographic in nature. The final decision on whether a piece of body art violates this section shall lie with the Chief or his designee.