The State Police will open their online application process next month, officials announced Friday.

Applications will be accepted online from April 21 through May 5, acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and State Police Superintendent Col. Joseph R. Fuentes announced Friday afternoon at the State Police Headquarters in West Trenton.

When the process opens, interested applicants should visit NJTrooper.com to complete the online application.

“From community policing to homeland security, aviation to marine law enforcement, crime scene forensics to cyber investigations, the New Jersey State Police has a specialty area that is sure to suit an applicant’s unique skills and interests,” Hoffman said.

“We are looking for bright, energetic men and women who have demonstrated responsibility and character and are up to the challenge to be their best,” Hoffman said.

Troopers can pursue diverse career paths within the agency based on personal interests and specialized skills, with access to continuous training in more than 120 career paths while working to ensure the public’s safety, a news release stated.

“The nature of our public safety challenges change, but our mission remains the same,” Fuentes said. “Whether we have a mass deployment due to Hurricane Sandy or a major event like Super Bowl XLVIII, public safety is our top priority. We’re looking for troopers with fresh perspectives and diverse skills to help us meet the challenges of the future.”

The starting salary for a trooper is $62,403.60, including uniform allowance. The second-year total compensation increases to $69,489.30 and top pay for a Trooper I is $108,847.13. Troopers receive yearly increments. During the academy, all recruits receive $777.78 every two weeks, plus overtime pay. Room and board are also provided while training.

Earlier this week, the State Police announced an initiative to recruit new troopers, particularly black women. There are currently only eight black female troopers in the state.

The State Police graduated 118 troopers in December and the class included 30 Hispanic troopers and 19 blacks. There were five females in the graduating class and three of them were white.

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