New Jersey is about to get a little safer. After a two year lull and state budget constraints, the New Jersey State Police are looking for new officers.

Applications to serve in the New Jersey State Police will be accepted starting in May for the first time in over two years.

Officials announced Thursday online applications will be accepted from May 7th through the 29th. Applications have not been accepted since February 2010.

Governor Chris Christie has included funding for two new classes of troopers in his budget, which would amount to about 225 new officers. There are more than 2,700 troopers currently serving, a significant number of whom are reaching retirement age.

"Having another 200 people in the force is certainly going to add to the vitality of it" said State Police Colonel Rick Fuentes.

State officials say community outreach efforts are under way to try to achieve more diversity.

The NAACP has been pressing the state police to strengthen recruitment of blacks. Blacks represent about 14 percent of New Jersey's population. But only about 6 percent of troopers are black.

"From community policing to homeland security, from aviation to marine law enforcement, from forensics to communications, we've got a specialty area that's sure to suit your unique skills and interests. We're looking for bright, energetic men and women who are up to the challenge to be their best. In return, you'll get the satisfaction of protecting your community - and a sense of pride that will last a lifetime" said New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa.

Chiesa said State Police help augment local municipalities that have seen an increase in crime, like Trenton, Newark and Camden.

"When troopers are in these communities, you see an immediate impact...there is more available resources to help out other towns and help keep citizens safe."

Applicants must be between 21 and 35 years old, a US citizen, and must have a current driver's license. A candidate must have: (1) a bachelor's degree; OR (2) possess a minimum of 90 credits and will complete their degree by a specified date prior to the written examination.

The deadline for completing a bachelor's degree under option 2 and remaining eligible will be announced at the time of initial application. (3) OR a candidate must have an associate's degree or 60 college credits, PLUS at least 24 months of satisfactory employment or military experience; OR (4) 30 college credits, PLUS at least 24 months of active duty military service with an honorable discharge. All college degrees/credits must be from an accredited college or university.

Apply online here.