Application Process

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. 

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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.


A review of the electronic application will be conducted by the Personnel Services Unit for initial verification of qualifications.


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.


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.


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.

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