Why a Career with the Kansas Highway Patrol?

Pride and Professionalism.  Our dedication to serving the citizens of Kansas with courtesy, service, and protection have been tradition with the Patrol since 1937. 

As a Trooper, What Career Options Exist?

  • Honor Guard
  • Breath Alcohol Unit
  • Criminal Interdiction
  • Executive Protection
  • Critical Highway Accident Response Team (CHART)
  • Motor Carrier Inspection
  • Special Response Team
  • Administration
  • Flight Operations
  • Canine Unit
  • Homeland Security
  • Motor Vehicle Enforcement

What are the Benefits?

  • Rewarding and Professional Career
  • State of the Art Training Academy
  • On-the-Job Training
  • In-Car Video Cameras
  • Uniforms and State of the Art Equipment Provided
  • Uniform Cleaning Allowance
  • Advanced Educational Opportunities
  • Promotions and Retirement Benefits
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Health/Dental Insurance and Optional Insurance for Family Members
  • Optional Life Insurance

What are Some of the Services Provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol?

  • Accident Reduction through Enforcement of Traffic Laws
  • Administering Emergency Medical Assistance
  • Expediting Traffic Flow
  • Accident Investigation
  • Assisting Motorists
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Executive Protection for Dignitaries
  • Assisting During Civil Disturbances, Riot Conditions or Natural Disasters
  • Criminal, Misdemeanor and Felony Arrests
  • Inspecting School Buses and Motor Carriers
  • Promoting Safety through Education
  • Law Enforcement Services at Events Such as the State Fair
  • Court Testimony
  • DUI Apprehensions
  • Aerial Searches for Lost or Missing Persons

What are the Qualifications?

  • Must be a United States Citizen of at least 21 years of Age
  • Possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. Equivalence
  • Be Free of Conviction of Any Crime Punishable by Imprisonment in a Federal or State Penitentiary
  • Good Physical Condition Required
  • Possess a Valid Kansas Driver's License
  • Must Pass Vision/Hearing Standards
  • Be Willing to Live and Work Anywhere within the State of Kansas


If you meet all of the listed requirements and feel that an exciting law enforcement career with the Kansas Highway Patrol is for you:

1.  View current openings and apply online here.


2.  Contact the KHP at the address below for more information.

Kansas Highway Patrol
Human Resources
122 SW 7th Street
Topeka, KS 66603-3847
Phone: (785) 296-8091
Fax: (785) 296-7908

CADET LAW PROGRAM for high school students

The Kansas Highway Patrol in cooperation with the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary annually hosts a one week law enforcement academy for high school students. The academy is held at the KHP Training Center in Salina every June. The Academy is meant to help young Kansans gain knowledge in a hands-on environment about the training and responsibilities of law enforcement officers, and specifically Kansas State Troopers.  

  • Cadets learn about marching and inspections.
  • Cadets spend time in a classroom.
  • Cadets learn techniques in emergency vehicle operation.
  • Cadets receive some basic firearms training.
  • Cadets experience some Kansas Highway Patrol aircraft operations.
  • It is the experience of a lifetime for any young adult who is considering a career in law enforcement.

Applications are due by March 31 each year. 


The Kansas Collegiate Law Enforcement Academy is a program that allows college students the opportunity to experience what Training Academy life is like before entering a career in law enforcement. Criminal Justice programs from colleges across the state work with the Kansas Highway Patrol to provide this real-world experience.

The program is modeled after the Cadet Law Enforcement Program, a one-week program held every summer for high school students between their junior and senior years of high school.

Participants in the collegiate program begin with an orientation that addresses the expectations of the students and the Academy. They also go through some of the same training that recruits in the Academy go through, such as Cultural Awareness, Search and Seizure, team-building, felony car stops, defensive tactics, firearms, driving team, and patrol car simulators. They also have practical exercises that take them through the firearms range, felony car stops, and emergency vehicle operations.

To participate in Collegiate Law, a student must be enrolled at one of the colleges the program is offered to, submit an essay on why they would like to attend and what the benefits might be, and receive the endorsement of a sponsor (who also must be present at the Academy during Collegiate Law). If accepted into the Academy, the student must pass a medical screening.

For more information about the Kansas Collegiate Law Enforcement Academy, please call the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy at (785) 822-1700.