- Applicants who cannot swim are encouraged to enroll in a basic swimming program prior to their appointment as a State Police recruit.
- Applicants who do not possess the necessary on-the-road driving experience are encouraged to obtain such experience prior to reporting to the Training Academy.
- Training Academy uniforms, physical training gear, and other necessary equipment and materials are paid for by the recruits prior to entrance into the training program.
- Recruits must provide their own transportation to and from the Training Academy. Parking spaces for recruit vehicles are allocated on the Training Academy grounds.
- An applicant who does not have a college degree may wish to consider enrolling in a regionally accredited college or university. Enrolling in and matriculating as a student in either a bachelor's degree program in the field of criminal justice or an associate's degree program, in which the credits would be accepted for transfer into a bachelor's degree, in the field of criminal justice may demonstrate a commitment to the field of law enforcement. Though a college education is not required, it is desirable.
- Upon successful completion of the training program, a recruit is sworn in as a member of the State Police, or a recruit is placed on a reserve list. After being sworn in as a member of the Division of State Police, a one (1) year probationary period begins. Assignments are based on the needs of the Division.