Applying To: Police Officer

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Department: Police Department


  • Minimum: $54,652.00
  • Maximum: $78,312.00

Position Specifications

This is a Police Officer 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. 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

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must possess a Missouri Class A Peace Officer License.  New hires shall be hired at a rate of pay in the pay matrix that recognizes a year of service for every year of service having previously worked in a law enforcement agency and possessed said license, up to a maximum of Fifteen (15) years. Must meet and maintain the minimum qualifications and licensing requirements while employed by the City of St. Louis. Must pass working test period to obtain permanent status.  Working test period is six (6) months, however employees can be rated after ninety (90) days or extended for an additional five (5) months.

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 Statues 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.

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 an oral swab 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.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of their DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application or upon request.  The Director of Personnel may, in their discretion, accept alternate documentation.

CITY RESIDENTS PREFERENCE POINTS: City residents who pass an examination for a position in the classified service and do not receive any other preference will receive a five (5) point preference on a scale of 100 points on the exam. An additional one (1) point shall be added to the passing score of City residents who receive any other preference on a scale of 100 points.  City residents must have resided in the City for at least one (1) year at the time of filing their application to be eligible for the preference points. 

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.

Scoring Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

O.C. 3743

August 23, 2023

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies. Please submit application as soon as possible.

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