NSP Application Process

NSP Application Process

  Camp 64 start date is scheduled for January 4, 2021. 

As we’re currently taking preventive measures against the COVID-19 outbreak, our hiring processes for Camp 63 and 64 are currently still active. We are continually working to keep our employees protected and teams intact, while also accommodating new working arrangements. We ask for your patience and understanding during this pandemic, and please know that we are working to continue providing our best service to the citizens of Nebraska.

Follow these five steps to get from application to hire

Step 1: Application

Step 1: Application
Step 1: Application

Camp 64 Application 


If you meet the minimum requirements you will be notified by email to proceed to the next step. When setting up your account, please type in valid email address.

Step 2: Written Exam and Physical Abilities

Step 2: Written Exam and Physical Abilities
Step 2: Written Exam and Physical Abilities


The NSP Human Resource Division will administer a Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) exam which includes: Reading and Language. *Applicants, who have taken and passed the TABE, with the NSP, NLETC or Morrow & Associates must provide verification of their passing score to NSP to waive this step; they may notify HR and provide verification once they are invited to testing. 
* You must bring your valid driver's license to the exam.



On a seperate testing date, applicants who pass the written exam (TABE) will need to pass the PAT, which consists of a timed 1.5 mile run, Dummy Drag, Run with Obstacle, Scale Lift and Carry, Handle Weapons, and Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement.

Male Age 1.5 Mile Run Time Female Age 1.5 Mile Run Time
20-39 15:10 20-39 18:30
40-49 16:00 40-49 19:20
50-59 17:36 50-59 20:45

 Click here for the the Candidate Preparation for Physical Abilities Handbook.


Step 3: Personal History, Background Investigation, Employment Review Board

Step 3: Personal History, Background Investigation, Employment Review Board
Step 3: Personal History, Background Investigation, Employment Review Board

Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)

Applicants will received the PHQ instructions via email. The PHQ must be completed by the deadline identified in the email. Non-completion will result in rejection from the process.

Background Investigation

The Nebraska State Patrol will conduct a complete and thorough background investigation on each applicant that moves forward in the process. Applicant should  begin gathering copies of the following for the Background Investigator.

  1. A photocopy of your certified birth certificate (not hospital copy)

  2. A photocopy of your valid driver's license

  3. A copy of DD214 military records (if applicable)

  4. A copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate

  5. Copies of your college transcript or diploma (if applicable)

  6. Naturalization forms (if applicable)

  7. A copy of your credit report.

Employment Review Board (ERB)

The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is committed to hiring individuals who exemplify the agency's values by providing the highest quality of law enforcement and services to the citizens. The ERB is responsible for reviewing the background to ensure the best candidates are selected. The ERB is comprised of NSP sworn officers who can communicate the perspective of one or more of the racial, ethnic, or gender groups protected by the state and federal EEO laws.

All completed backgrounds will be submitted to the Employment Review Board which reviews all applicant information and makes a final recommendation to the Colonel.

Step 4: Polygraph, Psychological Testing/Interview & Medical Exam

Step 4: Polygraph, Psychological Testing/Interview & Medical Exam
Step 4: Polygraph, Psychological Testing/Interview & Medical Exam

Polygraph Examination

The examination is conducted by an NSP polygraph examiner. The background investigation information, application, and questionnaire are provided to the examiner to assist with conducting the polygraph examination. The examiner will question the applicant in the areas of honest, integrity, character, and loyalty. The polygraph examiner will submit a report for review to the Adminstrative Review Board. 

Pschological Testing/Interview

Applicants will be required to take a series of written psychological tests. These tests will provide the necessary information required by the psychologist, contracted by the NSP, to do a follow-up interview.

Medical Examination

The examination will take place at a facility which has been contracted by the NSP following the policy and procedures outlined by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Academy. The exam will include, but is not limited to, such items as a blood draw, a complete physical, vision and hearing tests. *The exam is paid for by the Nebraska State Patrol.

Step 5: Final Interview

Step 5: Final Interview
Step 5: Final Interview

Following successful completion of all necessary prior steps, applicants will be invited to interview with NSP Command Staff at NSP State Headquarters in Lincoln. 

If approved by NSP Command Staff, applicants may then be offered a position in the upcoming NSP Basic Recruit Camp. 

Law Enforcement Certification Standards

Admission requirements are set by statute and rule and regulation. Chapter 8 of Nebraska Crime Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice rules and regulations contains specific information. You may view these rules and regulations on the Nebraska Secretary of State's Web Site.

General admission requirements can be found here.

The Nebraska State Patrol is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to assuring equal employment opportunity to applicants and employees in all aspects of personnel administration without regard to political affiliation, race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, or religious creed.

If you have questions or would like additional information about the Nebraska State Patrol Sworn Officer Recruitment process please call us at JOIN NSP (866-564-6677) or email nsp.recruiter@nebraska.gov