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Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Age
    At least 21 years of age by graduation from Police Academy. No maximum age limit.
  • Education and Experience
    Requires a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Felonies
    Applicants shall NOT have been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Missouri, nor convictions of crimes of moral indecency. Applicants must not be under any indictment for any felony in any state or jurisdiction.
  • Military Service
    Applicants may not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
  • License
    Must possess an valid Missouri driver's license by hire date, with a good driving record
  • Citizenship
    Applicant must be a United States citizen.
  • Medical & Background Examination
    Applicants must pass a written test, physical agility test, medical examination, psychological examination, and an extensive background and criminal history check before being considered
  • Drug Usage
    The City has an obligation to its employees to take reasonable steps to ensure a drug free and safe place to work. The City also has an obligation to the citizens of Jefferson City and the public at large to provide quality and safe services through a policy and program prohibiting alcohol, illegal drugs, and controlled substances in the workplace.
  • Physical Requirements
    Ability to maintain physical fitness; stoop, bend, crawl, walk, climb and lift and/or move heavy objects or persons, give chase on foot, and restrain persons within the course of proper police procedures; work in confined areas and outdoors in all weather conditions and at any time day/night; walk, sit or stand for long periods of time; possess the physical strength and agility to defend self and/or others in a hostile or combative situation; operate a police vehicle; and proficiently use firearms.
  • Mental Requirements
    Ability to respond quickly, maintain composure, self-restraint and emotional control in stressful, difficult, dangerous, or criminal situations; remember details; problem solve effectively and make sound decisions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, Local, State and Federal officers, groups, and with citizens from varied racial, ethnic or economic backgrounds; utilize tact, discretion, courtesy and respect for individual rights; and ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively recognizing actual or potential dangers, and determine proper course of action.
  • Shift Work
    Must be able to work 10 hour shifts and rotate every 28 days between days, evenings and midnight's.
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