(18-20.5 YEARS OLD)
If you are not old enough to apply to become a Police Officer (must be 20.5 years old), the Cadet Program would be a great fit for you! The St. Louis Police Cadet Program provides needed support and a clear pathway for young adults who are interested in a fulfilling career in law enforcement. The goal of the program is to provide interested individuals between the ages of 18 and 20.5 with paid, on the job training and exposure to various units within the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Cadets have the opportunity to earn course credit while also establishing a foundation to be successful and well-prepared upon entering the St. Louis Police Academy once turning 20.5. The Cadet Program, restarted in 2018, is funded by the St. Louis Police Foundation.
“The Cadet Porgram helped me become a part of the department and understand it before even becoming an officer. This program definitely made up my mind and made me want to be an officer for the city.” - Recruit Savannah Brewer
(previously a Cadet)
DID You know
that the starting annual salary for a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer is $47,815?
Once accepted the SLMPD
covers the following:
PAID ACADEMY TRAINING
Tuition Reimbursement for
Competitive rates with dependent insurance offerings
Provided by the Department
(3) weeks after one year
of employment, with additional weeks based on seniority
(15) paid holidays per year
UNIFORM & EQUIPMENT
Furnished by the Department
2021 - 2023 RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT WAIVED
Commissioned and civilian employees of the Police Division of the City of St. Louis hired prior to September 1, 2023 will NOT be subject to a residency requirement throughout their entire employment as an officer but will be mandated to maintain a primary residence within a one-hour response time of their place of work throughout the entirety of their employment as an SLMPD employee.