Cass County Sheriff’s Office

2501 W. Mechanic, Ste. 100, Harrisonville, MO 64701

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy (CCSORTA) offers Missouri POST Class A License training as well as Missouri POST Continuing Education courses. The full time program is four…


Phone: 816-380-8309

Central Missouri Police Academy & Institute for Public Safety

200 Ming Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093

Graduation from our Academy, and passing the POST exam, fulfills the most important requirements to be hired as a Police Officer in Missouri and can transfer to other states. This…


Phone: 660-543-4090

Drury University Law Enforcement Academy

640 Bob Barker Boulevard, Springfield, MO 65802

The Drury University Law Enforcement Academy, certified by the State of Missouri Department of Public Safety, provides professional training for those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. The…


Phone: 417-873-7542

Eastern Missouri Police Academy

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

We can provide you with the opportunities to become a part of a police force where you can earn the chance for special assignment in the future by preparing yourself…


Phone: 636-922-8724

Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy

4400 JeffCo Boulevard, Arnold, MO 63010

The mission of the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy is to provide quality law enforcement training for both the new law enforcement recruit and the veteran law enforcement officer. The…


Phone: 636-481-3425

Kansas City Regional Police Academy

6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road, Kansas City, MO 64119

High-quality, law enforcement-related training is the focus of the Regional Police Academy for sworn and non-sworn members of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and area law enforcement agencies. The…


Phone: 816-413-3500

Law Enforcement Training Institute University of Missouri

115 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65211

At the Law Enforcement Training Institute, we offer a Class A-certified 600-hour basic training academy that exceeds Missouri’s minimum requirements for peace officer certification. You receive real-life, hands-on training —…


Phone: 573-882-6021

Metropolitan Community College Police Academy

20301 East 78 Hwy, Independence, MO 64057

Since 1995, the Academy has provided certified training as set forth by the Missouri Department of Public Safety/POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training), the regulatory agency which is responsible for…


Phone: 816-604-6700

Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy

5270 Flat River Road, Park Hills, MO 63601

The Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy is designed to provide regional law enforcement training to law enforcement agencies and to students who are interested in achieving a career as…


Phone: 573-518-2148

Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy

6605 Business Highway 50 West, Jefferson City, MO 65109

As a full-service, state-licensed training academy, the MSATA offers basic peace officer training, continuing education and grant-funded training through a variety of training options including classroom presentations and online distance…


Phone: 573-635-5925

Missouri Southern State University Law Enforcement Academy

3950 East Newman Rd., Joplin, MO 64801

Law Enforcement careers allow individuals to be a positive contribution to their community. It offers a wide range of work, responsibilities and opportunities, as well as good benefits. MSSU’s Law…


Phone: 417-625-9519 / 417-625-9511

Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy

1510 E Elm St, Jefferson City, MO 65102

The Law Enforcement Academy is an approved peace officer training center under Chapter 590 RSMo. As such, it provides certified basic and career enhancement courses to any law enforcement officer…


Phone: 573-526-6174

Missouri Western State University Law Enforcement Academy

4525 Downs Drive Wilson Hall 202, St. Joseph, MO 64507

The Missouri Western State University Law Enforcement Academy is certified by the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission. The academy exceeds the State of Missouri’s…


Phone: 816-271-5843

Moberly Area Community College Law Enforcement Training Center

101 College Avenue, Moberly, MO 65270

MACC’s Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC) prepares recruits for the challenges of maintaining safety and providing leadership in local communities as licensed Peace Officers. The LETC provides instruction in every…


Phone: 660-263-4100

Southeast Missouri State University Law Enforcement Academy

122 S Ellis Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

The Law Enforcement Academy at Southeast Missouri State University is dedicated to meeting the training needs of all law enforcement officers and agencies in the University service area. The Academy,…


Phone: 573-290-5110

St Louis County And Municipal Police Academy

1266 Sutter Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63133

The Saint Louis County and Municipal Police academy is dedicated to providing the highest possible level of training and education to it’s students, trainees, and recruits.


Phone: 314-889-8600

St Louis Police Academy

315 South Tucker Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63102

The mission of St. Louis Police Academy is to provide exemplary training for law enforcement officers and police recruits. The academy continually strives to create a positive environment for personal…


Phone: 314-444-5630

U.S. Army Military Police School

401 MSCoe Loop , Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 65473

The United States Army Military Police School Trains, Educates, and Develops Military Police Civilians, Soldiers, and Leaders; executes proponent functions; integrates DOTMLPF-P solutions that provide Military Police capabilities enabling maneuver…


Phone: 573-596-0131 ext. 6-1991

The ‘Show Me’ state of Missouri is full of natural beauty. The Midwestern location prides itself in their aesthetic and wants the best peace officers to protect it and the residents, alike. Whether it is Missouri Highway Patrol or Springfield Police Department, the state welcomes all and many to add to their communities to retain the quality of life and security at its highest for its citizens.

Basic Requierments

The minimum requirements are that a candidate must be at least twenty-one years of age and be a citizen of the United States. They should also have received a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Missouri prefers a potential police officer has already completed a POST state basic law enforcement training academy. This requirement goes hand-in-hand with passing the Missouri Officer License exam. Also, there should be no criminal history attached to a potential graduate.

What is Expected in Missouri

The need and growth of communities have made the work of a peace officer sought after and plentiful. Law enforcement jobs in Missouri is growing at over four percent and is continuing its steady growth. The beginning salaries for police officers across the state of Missouri varies by recruit versus veterans of service. The average wage for peace officers between local, county, and state is approximately $45,020.

While preferred, there are some Missouri agencies that will interview and process a recruit until he or she graduates the academy. Within the police academy, a candidate should expect to be certified training in CPR and basic first aide. Thecurriculum for Missouri’s Academy also includes policy and procedure in legal proceedings, report writing, Missouri’s criminal justice system. Hands-on training also includes vehicle training which includes pursuit and maneuvers, firearms training with multiple guns, and self-defense techniques in escalating situations. Missouri also includes social issues in their preparing of a potential peace officer. That includes training in family and domestic violence issues, situations involving juveniles, and basic human psychology insight. The thorough training is so that a future officer can serve the streets of Missouri after up to twenty-five weeks of training.

Missouri Highway Patrol

As an example of the highest standards, the Missouri Highway Patrol requires the full twenty-five-week training. Their requirements are considered the highest of standards within the state. Beyond the basic requirements, Missouri Highway Patrol requires a minimum of thirty college credit hours from an accredited college or university. Or a minimum of two years of active duty military duty with an honorable discharge or current enrollment, or a minimum of two years as a full-time certified peace officer.

Missouri Highway Patrol does not allow their officers to have tattoos, brands, or piercings that are visible. The areas include head, neck, hands, or below the upper six-inch portion of the arm. Applicants should be of sound character with a clean criminal history, including violent misdemeanors.

There are high visions standards for both the safety of the officer and community. An officer must have 20/20 vision with the use of glasses or contacts and 20/40 without the use of corrective lenses. The test is given with both eyes open. The officer candidate must present with good depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, and overall good eye health. The Missouri Highway Patrol also notes that waivers are granted to those with an uncorrected vision that could provide proof they have obtained glasses or contacts within a year and also in the case of surgery that corrects the vision issues.

For candidates not having went through the Academy to gain certification, Missouri Highway Patrol will provide access to the Academy through them after passing their vigorous steps. The process is laid out in a plain, easy way to follow. Do not become discouraged with the list. Instead, one must look at the what the end result will look like and the achievement of serving Missouri and their residents.

The Missouri Highway Patrol requires a written exam prepared by their agency, a fitness assessment, and drug screening. Along with these basic tests, Missouri Highway Patrol also delivers a polygraph test to determine work ethic and past drug use or issues. The process goes hand-in-hand with both their psychological examination and review. The review is done by an agency-specific mental health professional.

In the same regard for health and safety, a potential peace officer must also have a full medical examination, visual check as there are minimums in Missouri, and hearing exams. During the battery of physical tests, Missouri Highway Patrol will be conducting investigations in the candidate’s background; This includes interviews with family, friends, and ex-employers. They are rigorous and thorough in their checks. After this completion, the potential peace officer is given an interview by a panel of high-ranking officers, and they will also review the background check with the interviewee.

Smaller agencies, such as the Springfield Police Department bear the same standards as the MHP. However, they are also willing to pay their potential officers to attend the academy at their rate of pay minus the cost of the police academy. Where the smaller agencies differ is the community involvement that takes place. Missouri is full of life and growing in diversity while their natural beauty continues to shine through. The priority is to keep their citizens safe while trust and communication are maintained between civilians and departments.

The ‘Show Me’ state wants the best, and the best in Missouri wants to serve.

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