Career Information

Policing is among the most rewarding careers you can pursue. Police officers are pillars of the community, role models, life-savers and relentless in the pursuit of justice. The Metropolitan Police Department has a storied history, we highly train our officers and recently named St. Louis the 20th best city in the country for police officers! Use the links on the right to learn more about the application process, to print application forms and to learn about the Police Academy.

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The filing deadline for all positions is Open.

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.

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.


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. Patrols a district or assigned area. Familiarizes self with assigned patrol area and persons living in area, reporting all potential trouble spots to supervisor.
  2. Investigates offenses and any suspicious conditions, makes arrests, recovers property, transports prisoners to appropriate facilities, and prepares proper reports; testifies in court as required.
  3. Enforces traffic and parking regulations, directs traffic, investigates and prepares reports of traffic accidents and incidents. Issues tickets to traffic violators. Disburses unruly crowds.
  4. Provides assistance to sick, injured or destitute persons reports suspicious activity or persons or hazards that endanger public safety to supervisor. Administers first aid as required.
  5. Reacts to situations utilizing appropriate levels of force as required and within the department’s level of force options.
  6. Inspects business places after normal working hours to determine if establishment is secure, Including but not limited to public and licensed places, enforcing laws, ordinances, and regulations concerning their operations. Warns or arrests persons violating ordinances. Inspects vacant houses and buildings in order to identify potential trouble spots
  7. Ensures civil treatment and observance of rights of all persons contacted. Secures, receipts, and properly transports all evidence and property coming into his/her custody.
  8. Completes reports and performs desk duties as assigned. Collects bond monies, maintain files, and operate appropriate office equipment.
  9. Attends roll call and receives orders and instructions. Inspects vehicle and equipment at the beginning of each tour of duty.
  10. Regular, punctual attendance is required.

Marginal Functions of the Assignment: None Identified
Physical/Visual Activities or Demands: Physical/visual activities or demands that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. 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.

Environmental/Atmospheric Conditions: Environmental and atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job. Exposed to odor, noise, dust, heat, cold and other elements with no element continuously present to the extent of being disagreeable.



Education: High School diploma or equivalent and completed all requirements and performance standards for graduation from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Academy.
Experience: No prior police or law enforcement experience required.
Skills and Abilities: Skills and abilities which may be representative but not inclusive of those commonly associated with this position.

  1. Ability to understand and carry our verbal and written orders.
  2. Ability to observe situations analytically, impartially, and objectively and to record them clearly and completely using sound logic and independent judgment to react quickly and appropriately in dangerous and emergency situations.
  3. 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, crime scenes, or over other background noises as needed.
  4. Ability to meet the minimum physical requirements related to police activities as specified by departmental standards.

Machines, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids: Machines, tools, equipment and work aids which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this job. Motor vehicle, standard issue police equipment as specified by departmental policies, computer terminal.

License(s)/Certifications: Valid driver’s license

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.

Career Paths

Newly commissioned officers will serve for 12 months as Probationary Police Officers before being promoted to Police Officers. As a Police Officer, you will be assigned to a patrol officer position. Many officers find it rewarding to spend their entire careers as a patrol officer, policing the streets of St. Louis neighborhoods and getting to know the people who call those neighborhoods home. Others are interested in different career paths within the Department. Depending upon the position, you may be eligible to apply for other opportunities within the Department after 1-3 years. Other opportunities include:

  • Anti-Crime Unit
  • Aviation
  • Bomb & Arson
  • Canine
  • Child Abuse Unit
  • Domestic Abuse Response Team
  • Emergency Management
  • Fraud/Cyber Crimes
  • Gang Detective
  • Homicide Detective
  • Juvenile
  • Mobile Reserve
  • Mounted Patrol
  • Narcotics
  • Public Transportation
  • Sex Crimes Unit
  • Traffic Safety
  • Violent Offenders Unit
  • Warrant & Fugitive



Becoming a Police Officer

The process to become a Police Officer is a lengthy one. This page will give you more information about the job of a Police Officer and the requirements to complete the application process.