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August 19, 2013

New troopers ready to take on challenges of job



Troop B Recruitment Officer Bernie Bullis said the ideal trooper has a strong moral compass, is willing to take on challenges and solve problems, likes to stay active and enjoys being part of a team.

By Aug. 8, 654 people in Troop B’s area had signed up to take the upcoming entrance exam, he said, with 19,191 statewide.

Of the 21,000 who took the test the last time it was offered in 2008, 16,000 passed.


”I’d have to say that the ideal trooper is a well-rounded individual with high integrity and common sense,” Bullis said. 

“We’re a reflection of society” in that State Police values diversity and people that come from all kinds of backgrounds, he said.

The vast majority of the general population are law-abiding citizens; troopers police only 10 percent of society, he noted.

“We have to help bring balance and common sense to the problem they’re facing us with.”


The State Police can offer ambitious individuals that have grown up in the North Country a career that can meet their personal and professional goals, like owning a home and living close to family, Bullis said.

This kind of opportunity is rare in the local job market, he said.

Trooper Zachary Eppler decided to apply for a job with the State Police after he had an internship with the agency and also heard from those employed there that there were many opportunities for advancement.

At the academy graduation ceremony, Eppler was recognized with the Joseph T. Aversa Physical Training Award, as during the physical agility testing, he achieved the highest score of all 192 members of the 199th session.

Eppler said the work in the field has been engaging and rewarding.

“There are times when I definitely like going to calls and helping people and solving mysteries and problems. Some of the cases that we get are pretty interesting.”

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