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Police Officer

Institution name: University of Missouri Police Department

Title: Police Officer

Job location: MO

Job category: Officer positions

Posting date: 2022-09-15 00:00:00

End date: 2023-09-15 00:00:00

Police Officer/Police Officer in Training

Applicants who have not been through an academy/are not Missouri POST certified, may be hired as a Police Officer in Training and sent through a police academy at MUPD’s cost. Police Officers in Training are paid and accrue university benefits while they are in the police academy. Upon successfully completing the academy, passing the Missouri POST exam, and meeting the minimum qualifications (see below), Police Officers in Training will transition to the Police Officer position and undergo field training with the MU police department. MUPD officers have full powers of arrest in accordance with Missouri Revised Statutes, additionally holding City of Columbia commissions and a mutual aid agreement with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department to assist with enforcement throughout Boone County as needed. Because we are a full-service department, we are responsible for enforcing statutes, laws and regulations within our jurisdiction, as well as providing community programming, and conducting our own investigations. This allows personnel opportunities to gain experience and specialize in a wide variety of call types and police services. Officers must graduate from a police academy in compliance with Missouri state statue for certified peace officers and maintain continuous training in compliance with Missouri’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). For more information regarding police officer responsibilities, please see the Operations Division section of our Department Units page. 

  • Patrol: Officers work one of three shifts. While each shift has an 8-hour base, officers are given the option to work 10 hour shifts as long as the 8-hour base shift is covered. The base shifts are First Shift (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.), Second Shift (3 – 11 p.m.), and Third Shift (11 p.m. – 7 a.m.)
  • Investigations: Investigators work Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but are on-call and respond, as necessary, for involved cases.
  • Crime Prevention: Two of our Crime Prevention Officers (one of which is our K-9 handler) work Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our third Crime Prevention Officer works Monday through Friday, 3 – 11 p.m. However, Crime Prevention Officers are responsible for handling program requests and presentations outside their normal operating hours, as these requests arise.
Specialization Opportunities

Bomb Technician, Explosive K-9 Handler, Crime Prevention, Investigations, Computer Forensics/Cybercrime, Accident Reconstructionist, Crisis Intervention Team, Peer Support Team, Drone Operations, Type II Instructor/Technician, In-house Instructors (Firearms, Defense Tactics, Taser, OC (pepper spray), ASP Baton, Field Sobriety Testing & Breath Test Operator, De-Escalation, Civilian Self-Defense). 


Officers receive training to remain compliant with Missouri POST continuing education requirements. However, officers are encouraged to attend training that will benefit their current assignment and/or hone their skills in specialty areas or areas of interest. 

Wellness/Fitness Program

All employees are able to utilize our wellness program to assist them in staying mentally and physically fit. When call volume allows, officers are allotted four paid hours per week to utilize the weight/exercise facility. 

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants for the position of Police Officer/Police Officer in Training with MUPD must meet the following minimum qualifications: 

  • Citizen of the United States
  • Resident of the state of Missouri by date of appointment
  • Twenty-one years of age by date of appointment
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • A valid Missouri operator’s license
  • Missouri POST certification may be required prior to employment, but it is required once job has started.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or class A misdemeanor
  • Has not consumed any alcoholic beverages within the past six months because of an addiction to alcohol.
  • Has not within two years of appointment used, manufactured, sold or cultivated any controlled substance (as defined by Missouri state statues) with the exception of the use of marijuana as described in the following, nor is addicted to any controlled substance.
  • Has not used, within two years prior to appointment, marijuana, nor has manufactured or sold marijuana ever. Marijuana cases may be judged on a case-by-case basis with regard to experimental use and recreational use in legalized cities.
  • Has no criminal history as outlined in section 590.080.1 and section 590.100.1, Revised Missouri Statutes (RSMo.)
  • Prior to beginning job duties, all officers must graduate a Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy, pass the Missouri Peace Officer License Exam, and be certified as a police officer within the state of Missouri (Police Officers in Training do not have to meet this qualification prior to being hired).

All applicants are required to submit an employment application with MU’s Human Resource Services (HR) and participate in all phases of the selection process, which includes a background investigation. Once HR receives the application, they pre-screen the applicant pool and forward only qualified (see above qualifications) applicants to MUPD. These pre-screened and accepted applicants are then provided written information from MUPD detailing the selection process, including process duration and reapplication policy. Please visit the HR website to apply: 

Selection Process

MUPD’s selection process for entry-level police officers consists of the following steps which are divided into two distinct phases: 1) pre-conditional and 2) conditional. The process typically takes four to eight weeks to complete. Each step, and the order in which they are administered, contributes valuable insight into the intellectual, physical and psychological makeup of each applicant. Phase I, Pre-Conditional

  • MU Human Resource application accepted
  • Oral Review Board (Interview)
  • Background investigation
  • Voice stress analysis and/or polygraph examination
  • Oral interview – Chief of Police

Phase II, Conditional Offer of Employment

  • Psychological examination and interview
  • Medical examination

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