Minimum Requirements - Police

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• Must have a High School Diploma or GED

• Candidates must presently hold a current Missouri P.O.S.T. Peace Officer License Certificate or be presently attending an approved Missouri Police Academy

  • If not currently certified in the state of Missouri, with a Missouri P.O.S.T. Peace Officer License, candidates may be allowed to complete the written, fitness for duty assessment and oral interview. However, Missouri certification must be obtained before a background investigation will be conducted. (Contact Missouri P.O.S.T. at 573-751-4905 to find out how to get your Missouri certification or visit the Missouri P.O.S.T. website).

• Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of Missouri at the time of appointment

• Must possess a valid Missouri Driver’s License at the time of appointment

• Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment

• Must be of good character, with no felony convictions, pending indictments, or certain misdemeanor offenses including any involving aggressive or violent behavior (i.e. domestic violence, criminal assault, etc) disregard for the safety of others, or misuse of deadly weapons

• No DWI conviction in the past three years 

• Tattoos are allowed except on the hands face and neck. Any visible tattoo deemed objectionable by the Chief of Police must be covered.  

• May not have used an illegal controlled substance within the last three years

• There is no local residency requirement