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  • Is a U.S. citizen.

  • Possess a valid driver's license–provisional licenses are acceptable??

  • At least 20 years and 9 months of age upon beginning the Police Academy

  • Has a high school diploma or certificate of equivalency

  • Can pass a comprehensive background check

  • Has a good driving record with no more than five points

  • Has not had a DWI/DUI conviction within the last 24 months

  • Has been Honorably Discharged if they served in the military

  • Has no felony convictions

  • Is not currently on parole or probation

  • Has had any misdemeanor charges expunged

  • Has not illegally used a controlled dangerous substance, narcotic drug or marijuana for any purpose within
    3 years (36 months)

  • Can pass a mental and physical examination.

    • ​Minimum vision of 20/200 correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision

  • NEW!! Commissioned and civilian employees of the Police Division of the City of St. Louis  hired prior to September 1, 2023 shall not be subject to a residency requirement but will be required to maintain a primary residence within a one-hour response time of their place of work.

    • If said employees are hired after August 31, 2023, they will be required to satisfy the minimum seven-year requirement of residing in the corporate limits of the City of St. Louis prior to being allowed to move outside the corporate limits of the City of St. Louis.​

Am I Eligible?

The ideal officer candidate:

Policewoman Outdoor

Desired Skills

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

  • ​Understand and carry our verbal and written orders

  • Observe situations analytically, impartially, and objectively and to record them clearly and completely using sound logic and independent judgement to react quickly and appropriately in dangerous and emergency situations

  • 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, crime scenes, or over other background noises as needed

  • Meet the minimum physical requirements related to police activities as specified by departmental standards

Essential Abilities

  • Affect a custodial arrest, including the appropriate use of force as necessary

  • Operate standard issued police equipment and weapons as specified by department policies.

  • Operate a vehicle in emergency and non-emergency situations

  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing

  • Operate a computer terminal

  • Work a full-time schedule which may include weekends, holidays and shift work

Desired Skills

As a police officer, you will be required to perform a variety of law enforcement duties:

  • Patrolling assigned areas

  • Investigating offenses and suspicious conditions,

  • Attending court trials

  • Providing assistance to citizens in various situations,

  • Enforcing the laws of St. Louis City

  • 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.

  • 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.


Career Paths as an officer...

  • 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. Within one to three years as a commissioned officer you may be eligible to apply for other opportunities within the Anti-Crime Unit, Juvenile, Bomb & Arson, Emergency Management and more. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES  WITHIN THE SLMPD CLICK HERE.

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 may be subject to possible modification
in accordance with 
applicable state and federal law.

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