Class Code: 8410-19 Date Established: 08-01-97


Occupational Code: 3-3-5 Date of Last Revision: 03-11-10


BASIC PURPOSE: To enforce criminal, motor vehicle and all other appropriate federal and state laws, rules and regulations; to ensure public protection and safety, border and homeland security; to maintain law and order, detect and prevent crimes, apprehend suspects and prosecute violators.




           Arrests suspects, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers, approved weapons, and hands and feet in self-defense.

           Reads legal documents, and writes investigative and administrative reports, including warrants, complaints, affidavits and sketches using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations to prosecute cases in court and other formal settings.

           Assesses situations to determine when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when and to what degree force may be used, including the application of deadly force.

           Operates 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 factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.

           Enforces all federal and state commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations by performing motor carrier safety inspections, weighing trucks and assuring that vehicles display and/or possess proper permits.

           Conducts investigations and inspections of criminal, motor vehicle and regulatory laws and rules by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and other involved parties.

           Pursues fleeing suspects which may involve quickly entering and exiting patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over obstacles; jumping 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.

           Unloads, loads, aims and fires handguns, shotguns and other firearms from a variety of body positions under stressful conditions that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency as prescribed in certification standards.

           Intervenes in disputes to restore peace and ensure safety of the public and parties involved, including confronting hostile persons, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.

           Searches people, vehicles, buildings and outdoor areas to detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions; detains suspicious persons or vehicles.

           Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic, administering emergency medical aid, and evacuating people from dangerous situations.





Skill: Requires skill in recommending routine changes in standardized operating procedures OR in retrieving, compiling, and reporting data according to established procedures OR in operating complex machines.


Knowledge: Requires knowledge of business practices and procedures or technical training in a craft or trade, including working from detailed instructions, to apply knowledge in a variety of practical situations.


Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require a significant investment of time and resources to detect.


Supervision: Requires no supervision of employees or functions.


Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job assignments in an extremely disagreeable or dangerous working environment with continuous exposure to an uncontrollable number of hazardous elements, including occupational accidents, injuries, or diseases which result in total disability or death.


Physical Demands: Requires medium to heavy work, including continuous physical exertion such as frequent bending, lifting, or climbing.


Communication: Requires summarizing data, preparing reports, and making recommendations based on findings which contribute to solving problems and achieving work objectives. This level also requires presenting information for use by administrative-level managers in making decisions.


Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions to establish facts, to draw daily operational conclusions, or to solve practical problems. This level also requires providing a variety of alternative solutions where only limited standardization exists.


Independent Action: Requires a range of choice in applying a number of technical or administrative policies under general direction and making routine decisions or in recommending modifications in work procedures for approval by supervisor.





Education: Associates degree or 60 credit hours from a recognized college, university or technical institute with major study preferably in criminal justice or the equivalent.


Experience: No experience required.




Education: H.S. Diploma, GED, or equivalent.


Experience: Two years of experience comprised of any one of the following:

A)      One year as a full time certified police officer and one year of honorable military service, either intermittently or full time, OR

B)      Two years as a full time certified police officer, OR

C)      Two years of honorable military service, either intermittently or full time.


License/Certification: Upon appointment, candidates must obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license in compliance with New Hampshire statutes governing driver’s licenses and registration.


Special Requirements:

1.       Age/Citizenship: Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen either prior to or on scheduled date of examination administration.

2.       Eyesight and Hearing: Must be at least 20/40 in each eye uncorrected and corrected to 20/20 in each eye and have normal uncorrected depth and color perception; must possess normal hearing sufficient to enable performance of essential job functions.

3.       Examinations: Applicants must successfully participate in a physical agility test designed to measure ability to perform essential job functions which are physically demanding tasks encountered in job performance. Applicants must also successfully participate in a written examination and structured interviews. Before appointments are made, candidates will undergo comprehensive background investigations, polygraph examinations and psychological examinations. Candidates who do not have a record free of serious offenses will be ineligible for appointment. After conditional offers of appointment have been made, prospective appointees must pass a comprehensive medical examination provided at state expense. The physician administering medical examinations will be selected by the N.H. Division of State Police. No physical conditions can exist prohibiting appointees from performing the duties and responsibilities of the State Police Trooper I position. All candidates will be subject to unannounced drug testing at any point during the selection process. Additional information on required examinations can be obtained from the N.H. Division of Personnel and N.H. Division of State Police Recruitment and Training Unit.

4.       Police Officer Certification: Candidates must be able to obtain full-time police officer certification within the time frame established by the N.H. Police Standards and Training Council. Must maintain police officer certification throughout tenure of service.

5.       Candidates must be willing to accept employment anywhere in the State of New Hampshire.


RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Considerable knowledge of agency rules and regulations governing the Division of State Police. Knowledge of state provisions for emergency situations. Knowledge of the laws of arrest and evidence. Knowledge of state laws relating to the enforcement of criminal and traffic laws. Knowledge of criminal identification techniques and methods to identify and preserve evidence. Knowledge of the principles and methods of crime and traffic accident investigation. Knowledge of probation, parole and court procedures, including court decisions pertaining to law enforcement. Elementary knowledge of criminal behavior. Skill in presenting oral and

physical evidence in court. Skill in proper interviewing and interrogating techniques. Skill in making quick, accurate decisions. Skill in the proper use and care of firearms. Skill in conducting investigations and in recognizing, identifying and preserving evidence of crime. Skill in using police communications equipment. Skill in life saving techniques. Ability to perform physically demanding tasks. Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and at high speeds. Ability to learn the use of firearms and other law enforcement equipment. Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy and impartiality in relation to others. Ability to make decisions based on common sense and good judgment. Ability to resolve stressful situations. Ability to comprehend and comply with written and oral directions. Ability to comply with and enforce federal, state and local laws. Ability to increase competency through training and instruction. Ability to withstand long periods of uninterrupted work. Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, county and local agencies. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.



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