PA state police are no longer requiring recruits to take lie-detector tests

01.13.17 |

The agency says it's lost too many good applicants because the exams prolong the hiring process.

The state police said Thursday its review of why some applicants were taking other jobs found the polygraphs contributed to the problem by causing unnecessary delays.

The decision was first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, which says the troopers’ union is criticizing the decision. The union argues that the tests help ensure hires have the highest personal integrity.

Trooper recruits are interviewed and they are subjected to written, physical, medical and psychological testing.