Academy Environment

The Connecticut State Police is a paramilitary, highly structured organization whose operation is guided by policies, procedures, rules, and regulations which must be followed by its personnel. Each trooper trainee must complete the prescribed course of recruit training as administered by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection as a condition of employment.

Recruits standing at attention during an inspection
Recruits are standing at attention during an inspection.

Recruits participating in practical scenarios
Recruits participating in practical scenarios.

From the moment a recruit reports, virtually every minute will be occupied with training. There is a great deal to be learned in a very short time. The objective of this rigorous schedule is not to deprive the individual of time to think, but rather to force the recruit to think fast, act quickly and decisively to be prepared for any eventuality.

Our training requires recruits to utilize their physical and mental resources; in exchange, this training will build self-confidence, instill self-reliance, develop leadership ability, poise and self control, improve  reaction time and increase the likelihood of satisfactory performance under adverse, life threatening conditions.

Recruits during physical fitness training
Physical fitness is a very important aspect of recruit training.

Recruits performing their work details
Attention to detail is emphasized in the Academy.

A typical day in recruit training consists of a 17-hour day.  Recruits will spend at least 11 of those hours in the classroom or doing practical training.  Some of the other activities a recruit can expect to do on a daily basis include cleaning their rooms, completing work details, studying, contacting family members and eating meals.

Recruits can expect to spend more than 1300 hours completing academic course work while in the Academy.  The course work includes, penal code, search and seizure, accident investigation, MRT, motor vehicle law and report writing.  As a Connecticut State Trooper you will be expected to complete all phases of any investigation from the initial investigation up until and including making an arrest.

Recruit standing at attention while being addressed in the classroom
A recruit stands at attention while being addressed in the classroom.

Recruits practicing handcuffing and escorting techniques
Recruits are practicing handcuffing
and escorting techniques while
training at the Academy.

In addition to the course work, recruits will have to endure hours of practical training.  This training will include handcuffing techniques, physical confrontation, strait stick baton training, handgun retention, ground fighting, escort techniques and kubaton training.  Recruits will also have to successfully complete a water safety course.