HARRISBURG, June 19, 2007 –State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (DAllegheny) is urging men and women interested in law enforcement careers to visit a new web site from the State Police that provides information on becoming an officer.

The new site, www.patrooper.com, provides answers to many  frequently asked questions about the cadet recruitment process and the various careers available with state police. Visitors can get information about eligibility requirements and apply online to take the written exam to become a cadet. The site’s online videos even give visitors a small taste of what it is like to be a cadet attending the State Police Academy in Hershey.

“The PA Trooper web site will be a great recruiting tool for the State Police,” Fontana said. “Providing this information in an online forum creates a resource that is invaluable for men and women who are interested in pursing a career on the force.”

Although applicants are not required to be a Pennsylvania resident at the time of application, they must live in the state and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license at the time of appointment as a cadet. The starting salary for new troopers is $48,780.

“This is a great way to look into this noble career,” Fontana said. “I urge all who are interested to visit the site.”

For more information, visit the web site at www.patrooper.com.