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Indiana State Police

ISP > Career Opportunities > Capitol Police Capitol Police

Thank you for your interest in becoming an officer for the Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section. Review the information below to learn more about ISP Capitol Police.

ISP currently is accepting applications for Capitol Police Section Recruits. If you are interested in applying to become an ISP Capitol Police Section Officer, please click on the following link to download the application:

ISP Capitol Police Section Application

ISP Capitol Police Section Application Timeline

Pay Matrix:

CPS Matrix - Effective July 2008

Basic Eligibility Requirements and Consideration Factors

Eligible candidates for recruit school must:

  1. Be a United States citizen
  2. Be at least 21 years old when appointed as a police employee.
  3. Have vision correctable to 20/50.
  4. Possess a valid driver's license to operate an automobile.
  5. Possess a high school diploma or GED.


No exception will be made for anyone not meeting all requirements. Any application for police employment received after the application deadline shall be held until the beginning of the next selection process.

Answer ALL questions. If the question does not apply, enter: “N/A".

DO NOT submit any other documents with your application. All documents needed for the selection process will be requested at a later date.

It is important that you correctly indicate your mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number(s). If you have an address, e-mail address, or phone number change after submitting this application, e-mail the change(s) to the Recruiting website at immediately.

Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be discarded. Any misrepresentation of facts on this application will disqualify the applicant. Do not make inquiries regarding the status of the application; you will receive appropriate information concerning the application periodically via e-mail. Complete applications will be kept on file for one year from the date the selection process ends. After that time, they will be considered inactive and will be destroyed.


  1. Submission of completed On-line Capitol Police Section Officer Application Form
  2. Physical Ability Test Entrance Standards (
  3. Oral Interview
  4. Polygraph/Psychological Tests
  5. Background Investigation
  6. Fitness Examination/Psychological Evaluation
  7. Superintendent's Review

The expected duration of the selection process will be approximately three to four months.

Any applicant, who competes in a selection process for a position as a Capitol Police Officer and is unsuccessful in achieving hiring status, shall not be excluded from competing in any subsequent selection processes.


The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy is a live-in academy located in Plainfield, IN and comprises a course of academic and field instruction designed to acquaint the applicant with the performance, functions and duties of a Capitol Police Officer. The conduct of the school closely corresponds to training for officer candidates in military services. Training is typically conducted Monday through Friday with recruits returning home on the weekends.

  1. Applicants who attend the training school are furnished lodging and meals at no expense to them.
  2. This training is academically recognized by some universities, and credit may be earned for successful completion of the school.
  3. Trainees may be dismissed at any time.


During the officer's first year as a Capitol Police Officer, the officer is on probation and may be discharged at any time without recourse to a formal hearing. Upon satisfactory completion of the first year as a Capitol Police Officer, the officer may receive a permanent appointment, and then can be discharged upon preferment of formal charges in writing, and has recourse to a public hearing before the State Police Board, if desired.


No applicant will be discriminated against with the respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment or any matter directly or indirectly related to employment because of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry. The Indiana State Police adheres to all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Department will endeavor to select, hire and maintain in its employ only the best qualified applicants available.

Employees are selected solely upon merit and without regard to geographic location. As a Capitol Police Officer you are subject to availability for duty 24 hours a day.

  1. Authority and Work - Capitol Police Officers are empowered to exercise full police authority. Capitol Police Officers are tasked with providing the protection for elected officials, visiting VIPs, and 20,000 state employees and visitors daily along with the enforcement of state laws. The highest priority of a Capitol Police Officer is the physical security of the buildings, properties, and personnel in and around the Government Center Complex.
  2. In-Service Training - All Capitol Police personnel are required to attend periodic re-training courses. A re-training school may last for several days, and it provides a means for Capitol Police personnel to review past training and to become aware of new developments in police work.
  3. Benefits -
    • A retirement program is available through PERF.
    • Life Insurance coverage is available through American United Life at nominal rates.
    • Group Hospitalization with medical insurance is available to those who desire this type protection, with a portion of the premium paid by the State of Indiana.
    • Uniform, ordnance, and other equipment are furnished by the Department.
    • Police employees receive 12 work days annual vacation leave with pay. Additional days are granted after 5, 10 and 20 years of service to a maximum of 25 days annually.

Information secured through testing and investigation will be held in strict confidence. Applicants are responsible for all expenses incurred by them in connection with travel, etc., when reporting for tests, physical examination and interviews.

The application is a PDF (Portable Document Format) form, utilizing text entry fields and drop-down menus. Therefore, in order for you to view, complete and submit the application properly, it is highly recommended you follow the following set-up instructions below prior to proceeding to the application.


  1. Download and install the free Adobe Reader software from the following web-site:
    o You will need to download the new Adobe Reader above to properly complete and submit your application.
    o If you are using a Macintosh Operating System, ensure you download the appropriate software for your system using the Adobe link given above.
    o Macintosh Operating System Users: If after downloading the newest Adobe Reader and you are experiencing difficulty with the application or you have received a notification from Human Resources that your application was not successfully submitted, you will have to re-submit your application utilizing a Windows Based System.
  2. Upon first opening the Capitol Police Section application and allowing the application to fully load, save a copy of the application in an easily found location on your computer using your Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial and your Date of Birth to name the file. Use the following formats as an example:

    Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial, MM-DD-YY
    (Example) “Doe, John, A, 03-05-80”
  3. Complete your application, ensuring that you have entered the appropriate information and completed all required fields. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  4. Save your completed application.
  5. Once you have saved a copy of your completed application to your computer, send the application as an attachment in an e-mail message using the following criteria to finish submitting your application to the Indiana State Police:


    Subject: Indiana State Police Capitol Police Application

    Message/Narrative Section: Include your Full Name (Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial) and Date of Birth (MM-DD-YY)

    ATTACH your Application: When you have completed the information above, attach your application utilizing your e-mail programs file attachment protocols.
    Send: Confirm all information above is accurate and that you have entered the correct e-mail address for the Indiana State Police:

    DO NOT send duplicate applications. The Indiana State Police Employment Services Section will send a confirmation e-mail that your application was processed within 7 days.

    If you need assistance, you may contact the Employment Services Section at 317-232-8277 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Capitol Police Section Daily Duties

For additional information, contact your nearest Indiana State Police Post or General Headquarters, Human Resources Division, Employment Services Section at Indianapolis, IN 46204-2259 or telephone 317-232-8277 or toll free within Indiana 1-800-622-4995.

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