Become A Columbia Police Officer
Columbia has consistently ranked in the top 20 cities
in America to live because of the low cost of living, low crime rate, and
level of the community.
Population 115,276 as of 2013 U.S. Census Bureau Figures and continues to increase.
Higher Education Opportunities: University of Missouri, flagship campus, Columbia College, Stephens College. There are at least four other satellite campuses to include: Bryan College, Central Methodist University, Moberly Area Community College and William Woods University.
Five major hospitals, an outstanding public
school system and state and city parks abound.
- Annual budget of approximately 20 million dollars
- 165 Sworn personnel
- 33 Civilian personnel
- Officers work a twelve-hour day schedule (only work half the days of the month!)
- Specialized areas include, but are not limited to: Criminal Investigative Division, Domestic
Violence Enforcement Unit (DOVE), Public Relations Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, Vice/Narcotics/Organized Crime (VNOC) Unit, School Resource Officer, Downtown Unit, Training & Recruitment Unit, K-9
Unit, and the Community Outreach Unit.
*Figures updated December 2015
Current shift differential is 65 cents per hour from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. A clothing allowance for plain clothes assignments is provided. Uniformed officers receive an equipment allowance rolled into base pay.
Officers may retire at 25 years of service at 50% of their highest three year
average. Every year worked after 25 years is an additional 2% per year. Benefits from the plan are in addition
to your benefits from Social Security and supplemental deferred compensation
Columbia police officers can participate in a tuition reimbursement program.
- Uniforms and Equipment (handgun, duty gear, bulletproof vest, etc. More than $8,000.00 per officer)
- Dry cleaning of uniforms
- 2 weeks vacation / year (3.08 hours per pay period) for first four years. Increased by 2.5 days every five years through 20th year.
- Seven set holidays and four floating holidays per fiscal year.
- Accumulated sick leave (18 days per year), no maximum accrual
- Sick leave buyback - At the end of the fiscal year, you may sell accrued unused sick leave hours in excess of the number of hours normally worked in a 26 week period (1040 hours) back to the City. The City will pay you 50% of your hourly rate for each hour sold back.
- Be at least 21 years of age by hire date
- Have 60 or more credit hours from an accredited college; OR 30 or more credit hours from an accredited college AND two years federal active duty military service with an honorable discharge or in good standing with reserve status; OR 30 or more credit hours from an accredited college AND a minimum of two years of employment as a full-time certified peace officer (at least 30 hours per week average). College credit in Criminal Justice or related field preferred.
- Be eligible to receive a Missouri POST Certification (Class A Peace Officer License)
- Not have any serious criminal record entries
- Maintain a valid Missouri driver’s license and safe driving record
- Maintain CPR certification
- Have an excellent work history and attendance record
- Officers must reside in within a 30 mile straight line radius of the city of Columbia and be eligible to work in the United
Eligible candidates must:
- Pass a written examination
- Pass a drug test
- Pass a psychological test
- Pass a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer test
- Pass a medical physical
- Become POST certified as eligible for employment as a peace officer by the State of
Missouri within six (6) months of employment
- Successfully complete Police Training Officer (PTO) program
For more information, contact:
Sgt. Richard Horrell
Training and Recruitment Unit
Columbia Police Department
600 East Walnut
Columbia, MO 65201-4491
Human Resources Department
City of Columbia
P.O. Box N
Columbia, MO 65205