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About Jefferson City

Our Hometown

Jefferson City is the State Capital of Missouri and is located in Cole County. The City is 37.58 square miles with a population of 42,838 (2018). According to the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce the daytime population increases to approximately 70,000.  We have two major hospitals along with a tremendous variety of shops, restaurants, & recreational activities. We have two public and one private high schools within the city limits and four additional high schools within Cole County. 


The Jefferson City Police Department consists of a diverse group of professionals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. From our Police Officers to our civilian positions, we offer rewarding career paths that ensure public safety and community engagement.

Jefferson City was chosen by Rand McNally as “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town!”

Jefferson City was listed as the 2nd best place to live in the United States by Business Insider on June 11, 2020

Jefferson City ranks among best state capitals to live in! Click here to read the article by the Jefferson City New Tribune. 


Our personnel are committed to community interaction through various community programs, events, meetings and forums to facilitate interaction with our residents and build relationships outside of a crisis environment.

Group A Crimes per 1,000 population:

2022 - 57.93

2021 - 63.05

2020 - 57.44

2019 - 72.37

2018 - 57.45

Quick Facts

The Jefferson City Police Department is a very robust department. 

  • 134 Employees

  • 91 Sworn

  • 43 Civilian

  • Three (3) Divisions

    • Operations Division

      • Patrol Section

      • Traffic Unit

      • SWAT Team

      • Crisis Negotiations Team

    • Special Services Division

      • Criminal Investigations​

      • Community Action Team

      • School Resource Officers

      • Evidence 

      • Narcotics

    • Support Services Division

      • 911 Communications​

      • Police Records

      • Animal Shelter

Our Facility

The Jefferson City Police Department operates out of the Thomas E Whitecotton Law Enforcement Center. Onsite we have our Patrol Officers, Traffic Unit, Detectives, School Resource Officers, Community Action Team, 911 Communications Center, Police Records, and a

large training classroom. 

Community Engagement

Our Community members and our employees play an integral role in creating and maintaining a safe community in which we live, play, and work. We strive to have a dynamic relationship with our community members through being involved in a wide variety of events to facilitate communication, interaction, and involvement to achieve positive social and organizational outcomes. 

Local News Outlets


​Want to read about what is going on in our community? Here are the links to our main media outlets. 

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