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The St. Louis County Police Department offers exciting and rewarding career opportunities to candidates who have the skill and determination to succeed in the exciting profession of law enforcement. We accept applications on a continuing basis and there is no residency requirement for commissioned officers and professional staff positions. For more information, contact the Bureau of Staff Services at 314-615-4273.

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View current police and professional staff openings with the department. Openings are updated as positions become available.

Experienced Officers

All current officers applying to the St. Louis County Police Department must complete a waiver form when their application is submitted.

The Police Academy

Applicants interested in being considered for the Police Academy's Basic Training Class are encouraged to submit their application three months prior to the beginning of a class.


Security Officers

The Bureau of Security Services ensures a safe environment for employees and visitors within all St. Louis County buildings and their grounds. Learn about policing and get paid while you gain experience.

Professional Staff

St. Louis County Police employs more than 200 professional staff members with positions open on an continuous basis. Training is available. 

Cadet Program

Cadets receive paid work exposure to policing and develop qualified future applicants for department. Cadets need no prior experience but should have an interest in a career in law enforcement. 

Employment FAQ

How do I become a St. Louis County officer?

There are several requirement an individual must meet to become a St. Louis County Police officer: 

  • Must be 21 years old or applicant must reach their 21st birthday by the time of completion of the academy training course. 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must have either an associate's degree or 64 semester credit hours from an accredited university of college. Both require a cumulative average letter grade of “C” or a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, OR A high school diploma or GED with one year full-time prior police experience or two years of military service. Police experience can be in a civilian position with the St. Louis County Police Department designated by the Chief as part of the Department’s Cadet Program
  • Military: "Honorable" discharge or discharge "Under Honorable Conditions" if having served in the military. 
  • Application for Police Officer positions must be submitted on-line.

Get full employment details on our Careers section. 

Does the department hire non-police/professional staff?

Yes. Our department currently employs nearly 300 professional staff personnel.  They perform a myriad of job functions. Ongoing job openings include
Public Safety Dispatcher
Records Clerk
C.A.R.E. Operator
 Learn more about our professional staff employment opportunities.

Does the County Police require residency for employment?

No, you do not need to live in St. Louis County to work for our department. 

Does the County Police offer internships?

Yes.  The St. Louis County Police Intern receive exposure to an extensive array of Department resources in each of the Department's Divisions. Applications due: Spring - November 15th; Summer -April 15th; Fall -July 31st

Does the County Police offer summer opportunities for youth?

Those interested in athletic activities may join the Police Athletic League (PAL). For more information, contact the PAL Coordinator. Email : [email protected]
Phone : 314-458-5186

Where is the Police Academy located?

The St. Louis County and Municipal Academy is located at: 

1266 Sutter Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63133-1934
Call: (314) 889-8600 for further details.

How do I get paid during my academy training?

If you meet the requirements to be hired by the St. Louis County Police, you are an employee and will be paid $19.31 per hour while you attend basic training at the Police Academy. Visit the St. Louis County Police Academy Page for more details.

Is the County Police Academy like Highway Patrol where you stay overnight?

No the St. Louis County and Municipal Academy is Monday through Friday 7am - 430pm

What's it like to work for SLCPD?