Police Officer

Join the Jefferson City Police Department

Become a Police Officer

It takes more than physical strength to be part of the Jefferson City Police Department. We are looking for morally sound, community-oriented, problem solvers from a variety of backgrounds. 

Don't have a Missouri Peace Officer License? That's fine don't let let that discourage you from applying. We hire applicants that are both certified and non-certified. If you don't have a Peace Officer License and you are selected for employment we will send you to the police academy to become certified. 


The minimum starting annual salary for a Police Officer Trainee is $38,428.33. Police Officer Trainees will move to a Police Officer I once they have completed Field Training and obtain their Missouri State Law Enforcement License.


The starting annual salary for a Police Officer I is $40,349.75.


We encourage professional growth with paid training and tuition reimbursement offered each year.


The Jefferson City Police Department is currently  accepting applications for Police Officer. The testing dates are: January 14th and 15th, 2022.


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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


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.


Must possess an valid Missouri driver's license by hire date, with a good driving record


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.



We are looking for the best and brightest career-oriented individuals.  This position is responsible for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, crime investigation, apprehension of criminals, and the enforcement of state laws and municipal ordinances.

Examples of Duties:

Attends Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute to learn and apply the knowledge and skills required of a sworn officer; obtains a P.O.S.T. basic certificate within six months of hire if not previously obtained prior to employment.
Works with an assigned field training officer to learn field activities, tactics and strategic planning, performs assigned responsibilities on and individual or team basis.
Promptly responds to calls for service, investigates automobile accidents, and criminal misdemeanor and felony offenses; preforms crime scene analysis, identifies and collects evidence.
Randomly patrols designated zone of the city in a patrol car or on foot to deter and detect criminal activity; enforces state law and city ordinance; takes suspect or offender into custody and delivers them to appropriate confinement location; reports on deficient lights, signs, road surfaces or other driving areas utilized by the public; assists motorists; establishes traffic control and police protection.
Police officers in regular specialized or rotational assignments will perform law enforcement activities such as evidence identification, collection and control, juvenile law enforcement, traffic unit, community policing, D.A.R.E., detective, investigations, or school resource officer work.
Maintains and prepares written reports in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and legible manner as necessary to comply with police procedures and facilitate subsequent prosecution; determines existence of probable cause, identifies and takes suspects and offenders into physical custody; locates and interviews victims, witnesses, and interrogates suspects; follows up on investigations and continues with assigned investigation until it leads to a logical conclusion.
Works with other law enforcement officers in teamwork and emergency situations to maintain a safe and secure environment; provides protection and transportation to appropriate care facilities for persons with mental/psychiatric problems; performs first aid, helps injured/sick persons and assists ambulance and medical personnel as needed; provides security and crowd control to maintain order at various social events.

Develops and presents safety programs and crime prevention presentations to the community; provides an open line of communication with school partners; maintains knowledge of threat assessment for school related incidents; acts in a capacity of mentor, counselor and educator; and serves the community through pro-active policing including self-initiated activities and development of crime prevention strategies.

Supplemental Information:

Paid training for licensing, plus equipment and uniforms furnished. Females and minorities are encouraged to apply.  

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