Washington, District Of Columbia
Aug 29, 2014
Oct 03, 2014
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time
The mission of the Metropolitan Police Department is to safeguard the District of Columbia and protect residents and visitors by providing the highest quality of police service with integrity, compassion, and a commitment to innovation that integrates people, technology and progressive business systems. Discover an organization with a renewed feeling of pride and sense of purpose. We’re building a crime-fighting partnership between the police and the community as we develop a new sense of promise and potential within our police department.

Help us write a brand new chapter in the history of policing…right here in our Nation’s Capital. We are seeking qualified candidates to serve as police officers. Upon application you will be invited to a new candidate orientation to learn more. Visit our website at joinmpd.dc.gov to read more and apply today.
MPD is a force composed of approximately 3900 sworn officers and 600 civilian employees. To qualify for the position of Police Officer, you must:

•Be a US citizen at the time of application
•Be 21 years of age
•Possess at least 20/100 vision, correctable to 20/30 in both eyes
•Pass a written test
•Pass a physical ability test
•Submit to a polygraph examination
•Pass a medical examination, including a drug-screening test
•Pass a psychological examination
•Possess a high moral character for carrying out law enforcement duties
•Possess a valid driver’s license at the time of application
•Have one of the following:

1. Successfully completed at least 60 semester hours of college credit — essentially the equivalent of two years of higher education with course work in any subject matter. Credits from any accredited college or university will be accepted; or

2. Served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Organized Reserves and National Guard, for at least three years on active duty and, if separated from the military, have received an honorable discharge; or

3. Have served at least five years in a full-duty status with a full-service police department in a municipality or a state within the United States, and have resigned or retired in good standing.

Police Officer Salary

The starting salary for police officers is $48,715 a year, effective October 14, 2007. After 18 months of service, most police officers can expect to earn a base salary of approximately $53,300 a year. Recruits begin earning their full salary upon entering the Academy.

Officers who work the evening tour of duty receive a three percent pay differential. Officers working the midnight shift receive a four percent differential.

Additionally, police officers (and civilian employees) who are certified as fluent in any language other than English, including American Sign Language, receive a $50 stipend per pay period — the equivalent of an extra $1,300 a year. To qualify for the stipend, members must pass a certification test administered by an outside contractor.

For more information on benefits please see our website. EOE