Applying To: Police Officer (Trainee)
Dear applicants, in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Recruitment and Examination Section is suspending all written tests, performance tests and oral interviews until further notice. These examination components are being replaced with experience and training evaluations, which do not require physical contact. Please fully describe all of your qualifying education, training and experience on your applications. Thank you. The safety of all of our staff and applicants is our priority as we continue with our efforts to conduct merit based testing for staffing the City's Civil Service.
City residency requirement may be waived for this position.
BI-WEEKLY RATE OF PAY $1,539.00.
Police Officer (Trainees) shall receive the bi-weekly Trainee rate of $1,539. Upon successful completion of the training period at the Police Academy, Police Officer (Trainees) shall become Police Probationary Officers and placed in an eleven month working test period with a salary of $47,815. Upon completion of the working test period, Police Probationary Officers shall become Police Officers with a salary of $49,140.
Nature of Work
This is a Police Officer Trainee position with the City of St. Louis Department of Public Safety Police Division. Incumbents perform 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. Duties include: patrolling a district or assigned area; investigating offenses and any suspicious conditions, makes arrests, recovers property, transports prisoners to appropriate facilities, and prepares proper reports; testifying in court as required; enforcing traffic and parking regulations, directs traffic, investigates and prepares reports of traffic accidents and incidents. Issuing tickets to traffic violators. Disburses unruly crowds; providing assistance to sick, injured or destitute persons, reports suspicious activity or persons or hazards that endanger public safety to superior. Administers first aid as required; reacting to situations utilizing appropriate levels of force as required within the Department’s level of force options; inspecting 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. Inspecting vacant houses and buildings in order to identify potential trouble spots; ensuring civil treatment and observance or rights of all persons contacted. Secures, receipts and properly transports all evidence and property coming into his/her custody; completing reports and performing desk duties as assigned. Collects bond monies, maintains files and operates appropriate office equipment; attending daily roll call and receiving orders and instructions. Inspects vehicle and equipment at the beginning of each tour of duty; regular, punctual attendance is required. The Police Division is a 24-hour per day, seven days a week service; therefore, work involves shift, weekend, holiday, and overtime assignments.
For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Police Officer (Trainee)
Applicants must be twenty-one (21) years of age, or applicant must reach twenty-one (21) years of age by the completion of Academy training. United States citizen. High school diploma or equivalent. No prior police or law enforcement experience is required. Applicants must possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver’s license while employed by the City of St. Louis.
CHARACTER INVESTIGATION: Each applicant will be required to complete a background questionnaire and will be subject to an extensive background investigation. Applicants with unsatisfactory backgrounds will be eliminated from consideration for this position. Applicants must meet eligibility standards for licensing as a peace officer, as determined by the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Program. Applicants who have criminal histories as outlined in Section 590.080.1 and Section 590.100.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes are not eligible for POST licensing. Applicants with unsatisfactory criminal histories will be eliminated from consideration for this position.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Previous law enforcement or military experience. Associate’s degree or higher or completion of college course work toward a degree.
LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies. Applications can be submitted on the Internet. Visit the City web site at http://stlouis-mo.gov/jobs Additional information concerning the Police Officer (Trainee) process can be found on the Police Division's web site at http://slmpd.org/careers.shtml
The Employment History and Educational/Training History sections of the application must be completed. Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed Employment Application. Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.
Upon acceptance of a conditional job offer, candidates will be required to pass a Drug Screen Test and Physical Examination and successfully complete a Psychological Examination as part of the Medical examination procedure. Police Officers are subject to random Drug Screen and Alcohol Tests without advance notice as a condition of their employment.
Examination Components and Their Weights
- Written Exam: 40%
- Oral Interview: 60%
- Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
- Physical Abilities Test: Pass/Fail
- Medical Examination: Pass/Fail
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