What are the steps involved in becoming a peace officer? (the
Missouri is a little different than some other states. Requirements depend on the agency/city/county status. State agencies have different requirements. Different sized cities/counties also have different requirements. The following is the basic information, you may need more training than listed below depending on where you want to work. If you know where you want to work check with them first.
1. You must be 21 years old to become certified as a peace officer in Missouri.
2. You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. College is helpful and needed for the higher paying departments.
3. You must be a United States citizen.
4. You must be a resident of Missouri. (Out-of-State Applicants /Transfers see info page)
5. You must graduate from a P.O.S.T. certified training center and meet and the certification requirements of sections 590.100--590.180, RSMo. (click to download PDF file for Chapter 590 RSMo from DPS) Effective August 28, 1996, peace officers have to be trained and certified before they can be employed as peace officers with full arrest powers.. Certified peace officers or reserve officers must have a minimum of 470 hours of approved basic training, unless exempted under state statute. Applicants applying for certification in a first class county with a charter form of government, must have a minimum of 600 or more hours of approved basic training. Training centers are located throughout the state. The cheapest one and fastest to complete that we have found is in Warrensburg, MO.
6. Once you complete the course you need to find employment.
Once employed you must meet the Continuing
Education Requirements by completing 48 Hours of training within a
three year period starting August 28, 1996. The 48 hours are
divided between the following areas: Legal Studies - 4 hours required, Interpersonal
Perspectives - 4 hours required, Technical Studies - 4 hours required,
Skill Development - 0 hours required, Electives - 36 hours in any area
you wish. If you are not employed as a peace officer for a period of five
years your certification shall expire.
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