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Police Officer


The Jefferson City Police Department is currently  accepting applications for Police Officer.


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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 is $46,000. 

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

  • Age
    At least 18 years of age with no maximum age limit.
  • Education and Experience
    Requiresa a high school diploma or equivalent, the ability to type 40 wpm and good speech/clarity.
  • 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.
  • Citizenship
    Applicant must be a United States citizen.
  • Medical & Background Examination
    Applicants must pass a written 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 stand and/or sit for extended periods; visual acuity to read documents and computer screens for prolonged periods; speak clearly; and hearing adequate to operate radio and telephone equipment to participate in multiple conversations concurrently.
  • Mental Requirements
    Ability to concentrate on multiple detailed tasks for two hours or more; maintain composure and perform effectively in emergency and other stressful situations; and have strong interpersonal relationship skills to facilitate positive peer and community interaction.
  • 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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