THP to hold recruiting event on Feb. 8


Posted 1/30/18

A special event is scheduled for anyone in Bradley County, or the surrounding region, who might be interested in applying for a career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.Lt. John Harmon has announced …

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THP to hold recruiting event on Feb. 8


A special event is scheduled for anyone in Bradley County, or the surrounding region, who might be interested in applying for a career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Lt. John Harmon has announced a localized recruiting event is planned for the DMV offices at 301 James Asbury Drive N.W, Cleveland, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8.

"We have already conducted these information sessions in Grundy and McMinn counties, and they were well received," said Harmon." He said around 20 people showed up in McMinn.

"We're attempting to expand our recruiting effort into some communities away from the big cities," the THP official added.

The state law enforcement agency is accepting applications for a July 2018 trooper cadet class from Feb. 7 through Feb. 20. Online information is at

Once your application has been submitted online, candidates will be notified of their qualification status via email. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma (or higher education), and must not have a felony conviction.

Harmon said they are wanting to talk to male and females who might be interested in the state law enforcement organization. "We'll have women and men troopers there (on Feb. 8), to answer questions and provide information," he said.

The information-gathering session will include a video presentation about the opportunities available with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Harmon  said teenagers are welcomed, but they cannot apply until they are 21. "They can still obtain information for the future, if they are interested," he said. "We will also talk to them about a possible career path."

State legislation implemented in 2012 (the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management Act), revised the state's hiring method to incorporate an interview process that tests an applicant's knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies. 

Applicants must also pass a physical agility test prior to being selected for an interview.

There are currently 921 authorized trooper positions within the THP. Upon graduation from the cadet class, the new troopers will be assigned to vacant positions across the state. Starting salary is $3,258 per month, and cadets are paid $2,945 per month while in school.

Responsibilities and services provided by the troopers are numerous. They include:

Assisting the public, enforcement of criminal and traffic laws, saving lives, traffic enforcement, motorcycle traffic patrol, crash investigation, crash reconstruction, criminal interdiction, criminal investigations, identity crimes, special operation and tactical duties, K-9 handling, diving, aviation, executive protection services, the bomb squad, and more.

"I am more excited today about the opportunities our troopers have to succeed than ever before," said THP Commander Col. Tracy Trott. "Our troopers make Tennessee a safe state to work and live, as we are putting highly trained personnel on Tennessee roadways."


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