The St. Louis County Police has an extensive hiring process. Because law enforcement professionals are held to such high standards, applications for police officers are highly scrutinized and may take longer processing times. The chart below pertains to the hiring process of commissioned police officers. The Professional Staff process involves fewer steps.
Application for Police Officer positions must be submitted on-line to the St. Louis County Police Department’s Personnel Services office at 7900 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton MO 63105. Supporting documentation will be required following the application.
PRELIMINARY APPLICATION REVIEW:
A review of the electronic application will be conducted by the Personnel Services Unit for initial verification of qualifications.
PHYSICAL CONDITION ASSESSMENT:
A physical condition assessment shall be conducted at the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy. This assessment will include sit-ups, push- ups and a 1.5 mile run. Applicants are expected to meet the minimum requirements in each category. A limited amount of applicants will be scheduled per session with each session lasting approximately two to four hours. A score for rating each applicant will be given.
Administration of a reading and comprehension test, followed by a Personnel Evaluation Profile questionnaire to assist in the initiation of the background investigation.
A police record check will be conducted and applicants will be fingerprinted and photographed.
Applicants will be provided with a Personal History Questionnaire and supporting documents to determine if the applicant meets the minimum requirements for the position. A thorough background investigation will be conducted on all police applicants in the areas of past employment record and reputation, personal references, neighborhood reputation, police record check, credit history and military record (when applicable). The background investigation is concluded with a polygraph examination in an attempt to verify information received from and about the applicant. Results of the polygraph examination are confidential and will be considered with the applicant’s total file.
A further evaluation to determine the candidate’s overall fitness for the position, including appearance, self-expression, mental alertness and suitability for police duties will be conducted by the Personnel Services Commander or Bureau of Staff Services Commander.
FINAL REVIEW BOARD:
This is the final determination toward an offer of conditional appointment. High-ranking Department officials provide the final evaluation of the candidate to the Chief of Police. This evaluation may result in an offer of conditional employment or an end to the current selection process.
In the event an applicant is eliminated during any phase of the process, reapplication may not be made for six months unless circumstances indicate that an earlier review may be warranted.
PHYSICAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS:
These examinations will be given after a conditional offer of employment by a Department designated physician and psychologist and shall consist of various organic tests to determine the applicant’s suitability for the rigors of police work and their ability to participate in an increasingly difficult physical training program as a recruit at the Police Academy. The psychological exam will be used to determine the applicant’s suitability for police work. If a Department designated physician or psychologist finds that the applicant meets physical and psychological standards for employment, the applicant will be appointed.