Police Officer

Washington D.C.
$65,863 starting salary at the Academy
Jan 05, 2022
Feb 09, 2022
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time

Job Description: 

One of the most important things we do at MPD is to select the right candidates to become police officers. We invest in the best training and reward our officers with competitive pay and benefits for a career that may span decades.

Becoming a Police Officer: 
Whether you are a veteran officer or a new recruit, making a difference every day in the community is reason to wear the uniform. At MPD, you will partner with and learn from some of the finest officers in the nation, while having a direct impact on the nation’s capital.

As one of the 10 largest police departments in the United States, we are dedicated to giving our officers the ongoing training and tools they need for a long and fulfilling law enforcement career. We work to maintain a highly trained, technically advanced, professional force where respect, teamwork and camaraderie are our culture.


Candidates must meet the following qualifications and be able to provide the following documentation:

  • Be a US citizen, by birth or naturalization, at the time of application.
  • Must be 21 years old when appointed to officer.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license at the time of application.
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation.
  • Successful completion of a polygraph exam.
  • Successful completion of a medical and psychological evaluation.
  • Be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, or be approved by MPD for a religious or medical exemption.
  • Possess at least 20/100 vision, correctable to 20/30 in both eyes: contacts are permitted if they have been worn for six (6) months prior to examination, or if vision correction surgery (i.e., Lasik) has occurred at least six (6) weeks prior to examination.
  • Must have one of the following:
  • Successfully completed at least 60 semester hours of college credit with coursework in any subject from an accredited college or university; OR
  • Served in the US military, including the Organized Reserves or National Guard, for at least two years on active duty and, if separated, have received an honorable discharge; OR
  • Served at least three years in a full-duty status with a full-service police department in a US state or municipality and have resigned or retired in good standing.

MPD Application Process: 

Here’s how the selection process works:

1. Complete an MPD interest card on JOINMPD.DC.GOV

2. Attend an MPD Prospect Day where you will participate in several screening events [e.g., physical ability test, document screening, fingerprinting].

3. Candidates who meet all the qualifications of the screening events, will then complete their National Testing Network Frontline National Written Exam at 1 pm. Candidates who have taken the exam within the past year are exempt. Candidates who take the exam before attending an MPD Prospect Day are reminded to designate MPD as their intended department.

4. Undergo a comprehensive background investigation, to be completed over a 4-to-6-month time period.

5. Take a polygraph exam.

6. Submit to a medical and psychological evaluation.

7. MPD review and decision.

Hiring preferences are given to District of Columbia residents and US military veterans.

Selected candidates for appointment as an MPD police officer must agree to serve at least two years as a sworn member upon successful completion of the initial training program or may be required to reimburse the District for recruit training.

Career Advancement: 

MPD chooses officers carefully, trains them thoroughly and guides and mentors them throughout their careers. There are several specialized units that officers are eligible to apply for after serving 3-5 years on patrol. Positions across varying specialized units are dependent on need at time of consideration and are generally selected through a competitive interview process. Upon selection, all necessary training and equipment is provided by MPD.

* To formally apply to become an MPD police officer, you must complete an interest card at JOINMPD.DC.GOV

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