The Recruitment and Training Unit maintains an active list of qualified applicants for the position of State Trooper I. This requires coordinating and conducting applicant testing, which currently occurs four times per year.
Newly enlisted Troopers are assigned to attend fourteen weeks of training at the Police Standards and Training Facility. Upon graduation, the Troopers are assigned to one of seven troop stations, whereupon they are assigned a patrol responsibility under the daily supervision of a field training officer. Once released to solo status, the Trooper continues to work in a patrol function under the supervision of the troop field training officer supervisor. Close supervision and evaluation are critical during the initial phase of a Trooper's career and the Recruitment and Training Unit is closely involved in the development of an employee through the field training program.
During the last few years, an average of 21 individuals have been hired as State Troopers annually; 21 individuals were hired in 2010, 11 in 2011, and 33 in 2012.
The Recruitment and Training Unit is also responsible for ensuring that Division members are assigned appropriate training so that they may better serve the citizens of New Hampshire. Each Division member must attend at least eight hours of in-service training per year for continued certification as a police officer. It is the responsibility of the unit to register troopers for classes at the Police Standards and Training Facility, regional training with other state police agencies in New England, or any other available training venue. In addition the unit coordinates in-service training, firearms training, emergency vehicle operator training, prosecution training, and criminal interview and interrogation training, and serves as a representative to the New England State Police Administrator's Compact Training Committee.