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Becoming a Police Officer

Law Enforcement is a rewarding career. Police officers are pillars of the community, role models, life-savers and relentless in the pursuit of justice. This page will give you more information about the job of a Police Officer and the requirements needed to complete the application process.

The Metropolitan Police Department has a rich history. Our recruits receive top-notch training over the course of six months and are recognized at a memorable Police Academy Graduation thereafter. named St. Louis the 20th best city in the country for police officers! Contact a Recruiter today to learn more and to begin your journey towards a career in policing.

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Job Description

TITLE: Police Officer
REPORTS TO: Sergeant
POSITION SUMMARY: Performs duties to patrol a specific area to protect life and property, and enforce laws and ordinances using tactful and courteous treatment of the public and conscientious and efficient performance of duties.

Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or a certificate of equivalency.
  • Minimum vision of 20/200 correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision.
  • Citizen of the United States.
  • The Charter of the City of St. Louis requires persons employed on a full-time basis by the City to reside in the City. Persons may apply for employment with the City regardless of their residency. Persons who do not reside in the City of St. Louis at the time of application must take up residence in the City within 120 days of completion of their initial working test (probationary) period.
  • No felony convictions or unfavorable police record.
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license.

Experience: No prior police or law enforcement experience required.
Desired Skills and Abilities:

The following skills and abilities may be representative, but not inclusive, of those commonly associated with this position.

  • Ability to understand and carry our verbal and written orders.
  • Ability to observe situations analytically, impartially, and objectively and to record them clearly and completely using sound logic and independent judgement to react quickly an dappropriately in dangerous and emergency situations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in a variety of situations using verbal, auditory, visual and writing skills. Must be able to project vocally to maintain order at disturbances, accidents, crimescenes, or over other background noises as needed.
  • Ability to meet the minimum physical requirements related to police activities as specified by departmental standards.


Essential Functions

  1. Ability to affect a custodial arrest, including the appropriate use of force as necessary.
  2. Ability to qualify with duty weapons.
  3. Ability to operate a vehicle in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  4. Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  5. Ability to work a full time schedule which may include weekends, holidays and shift work.
  6. Ability to operate a computer terminal.

Functions of the Assignment

  1. As a police officer, you will be required to perform a variety of law enforcement duties. This includes patrolling assigned areas, investigating offenses and suspicious conditions, attending court trials, providing assistance to citizens in various situations, and enforcing other laws. Stop by and speak with a Recruiter today to learn more.

Physical/Visual Activities or Demands: The following are physical/visual activities or demands that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of a police officer.

  • Standing, walking, sitting, reaching, pushing, grasping, talking and hearing.
  • Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more with peripheral vision and the ability to bring objects into sharp focus, to judge distance and space relationships and to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Average – exert up to 40 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently.
  • Operating a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to operate standard issued police equipment as specified by department policies.
  • Basic computer terminal skills.

License(s)/Certifications: All applicants must possess a valid driver's license.

Note: this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein my be subject o possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

Career Paths

Newly commissioned officers will serve for 12 months as Probationary Police Officers before being promoted to Police Officers. Many officers find it rewarding to spend their entire careers as a patrol officer. Depending upon the position, you may be eligible to apply for other opportunities within the police department after one to three years as a commissioned officer. These include the Anti-Crime Unit, Juvenile, Bomb & Arson, Emergency Management and more. Plan your visit with a Recruiter today to learn more.

Police Officer Application Materials

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Department of Personnel - Police Division

1915 Olive St.
Room 760
St. Louis, Mo 63103

Preparation Guides:

- Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery PDF

- Oral Board Preparations Guide PDF

- Physical Abilities Test Prep Guide PDF

Other Links:

- St. Louis Police Academy