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Grand Forks, ND

Job Description

Summary of Work

• Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations
• Reduce traffic crashes through active enforcement and education
• Investigate crashes
• Impact impaired driving, and underage alcohol consumption through enforcement, commitment
• Enforce commercial motor vehicle safety rules and regulations; enforce ND size and weight laws pertaining to vehicles
• Assist other law enforcement agencies when needed 
• Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints using proper defensive tactics
• Prepare investigative and other reports
• Conduct investigations; gather, properly document, maintain chain of custody, and submit evidence for analysis
• Interpret evidence, prepare written reports for states’ attorneys, prosecutors, and others 
• Exercise independent judgment in regard to reasonable suspicion to detain, probable cause to search and arrest, and when force may be justified
• Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by inclement weather conditions
• Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications
• Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers
• Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces; and using body force to gain entrance through barriers
• Load, unload, aim, and fire various weapons from a variety of positions under conditions of stress
• Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas that may involve walking for long periods of time, detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons
• Communicate effectively with people of all ages by giving information, directions, mediating disputes
• Provide testimony in court and other formal settings
• Detect and collect evidence and substances while investigating crimes
• Deal with uncooperative individuals in a professional manner
• Perform rescue functions at crashes, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations, and securing and evacuating people from particular areas
• Process and transport prisoners and individuals taken into custody for involuntary treatment
• Put on and operate a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed
• Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means
• Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including preparing and processing of documents such as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
Minimum Qualifications

• Must be a citizen of the United States for not less than two years.
• Must be 21 years of age by completion of the Academy.
• Bachelor’s degree OR associate's degree combined with two years of work experience dealing with the public or military service.  We will accept 60 semester hours in place of an associate's degree.  Good verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Vision correctable to 20/30 or better each eye, normal color vision (to sufficiently distinguish red, yellow and green) and normal depth perception.
• Must possess an unrestricted driver’s license except for corrective lenses.
• Must be able to meet physical requirements of the position.
• Must be willing to perform work involving personal hazards, requiring irregular hours including night shifts, weekends and holidays.
• Must demonstrate judgment and common sense.  Be willing to discipline yourself to meet the job demands.
• Must not have been convicted of a criminal offense that would harm the integrity of the Patrol.
• Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate background that would not call into question their ability to fulfill the functions of a law enforcement officer.  Felony convictions and domestic violence convictions will disqualify an applicant. In addition, any Class A misdemeanor conviction within the last 5 years, or any Class B misdemeanor conviction within the last 3 years ordinarily will disqualify an applicant from further consideration. 
• Applicants must also demonstrate an appropriate driving record.  Applicants that have had their driving privileges revoked or suspended within the last 3 years are ordinarily ineligible for appointment. 
• Any applicant that fails to disclose driving and criminal background information will be automatically disqualified from further consideration.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and an unofficial college transcript to the ND PeopleSoft System.

Directions for Applying:
1. Go to
2. Select “Search/Apply for Careers”
3. Select the "Law Enforcement, Corrections and Parole" box
4. Select the position “Highway Patrol Officer I”
5. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.


Applicants who experience technical difficulties during the application process should contact or 701.328.3290.

If you successfully pass pre-screening the application will ask at what location you plan to test. 

TESTING LOCATIONS - Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the following dates:

• Billings - Wednesday, July 24, 2019
• Williston – Wednesday, July 24, 2019
• Grand Forks - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
• Fargo - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
• Minneapolis - Wednesday, August 7, 2019
• Bismarck - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Individuals claiming veteran’s preference must provide proper official documentation with their application.

Applicants must successfully pass written tests designed to determine suitability for the position of NDHP trooper. These tests measure the primary skills critical to successfully learn and perform the duties of a trooper.

• The National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) and Wonderlic Personnel Test will be administered the morning of the first day of testing in each location. 
• The California Psychological Inventory (CPI) test will be administered that afternoon to individuals who pass the POST and Wonderlic Personnel Tests. The MMPI-2-RF (Minnesota Multi-Phasic Inventory) will be administered in Phase 5. The department psychologist will review the test results for those granted a conditional offer of employment.
• A 30-minute oral interview will be scheduled within three days of the written tests. Individuals from out-of-state will be scheduled for the first interviews.
• Applicants must receive a favorable recommendation from the Oral Interview Board to be considered further in the selection process.

Individuals must bring a current state-issued driver’s license with a photo or a current state-issued photo identification card to the written examination.  Photocopies will not be accepted.


• Expenses - All expenses for medical and psychological tests are paid for by the NDHP.  Applicants are responsible for travel, lodging and meal expenses.
• Post Assignments - Applicants will be asked their preference during the background investigation.  Applicants will be offered post locations based on the needs of the department in the Conditional Offer of Employment. The applicant can accept or reject employment based on the assignment offered.
• The Highway Patrol Academy will be held at the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Bismarck, North Dakota.
• Individuals will be furnished room and board at the Law Enforcement Training Academy and will be required to stay there during the week.  Individuals will receive a salary of $4,404 to $4,987 per month depending on experience. In addition, each trooper is paid an unvouchered expense allowance of $200 after completing their Academy training.  • Current senior trooper salary is $72,252 annually after 10 years of service.
• Individuals with previous law enforcement experience may receive a $2500 sign on bonus when hired and an additional $2500 after the successful completion of a one-year probationary period.
• Individuals with no previous law enforcement experience may receive $2500 after the successful completion of a one-year probationary period.
• Individuals who are North Dakota P.O.S.T. certification eligible and do not already have their North Dakota P.O.S.T. certification will start their employment on January 20, 2020 to attend the North Dakota Peace Officer Basic Academy as well as the North Dakota Highway Patrol Academy.
• Individuals who are currently North Dakota P.O.S.T. certified and have already obtained their North Dakota P.O.S.T. certification will have the option to start employment on January 20, 2020 to attend both the Peace Officer Basic Academy and the ND Highway Patrol Academy OR start employment on April 20, 2020 to attend only the ND Highway Patrol Academy.
• Individuals P.O.S.T. certified in a jurisdiction other than North Dakota will have the option to start employment on January 20, 2020 to attend both the Peace Officer Basic
• Academy and the ND Highway Patrol Academy OR start employment on April 6, 2020 to attend Criminal and Traffic Law training and then the ND Highway Patrol Academy.    

Agency Specific

For more information or if you need accommodation or assistance in the application or selection process contact:

North Dakota Highway Patrol
600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept. 504
Bismarck, ND 58505-0240

Telephone Number:  701-328-2447           
TYY Number: 800-366-6888         

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

Other Information

Law Enforcement - Security, Government