- Age: 21 by hire date
- Education: 60 hours of college credit form an accredited college
- Experience: None required.
Applicants MUST submit an OFFICIAL CERTIFIED TRANSCRIPT (photo copies will not be accepted) from an accredited college verifying successful completion of at least 60 hours of college credit. A major in law enforcement/criminal justice preferred. Ability to engage in foot pursuit of suspects, effect forcible arrests; transport criminal offenders; conduct crime scene investigations; enforce criminal/traffic laws; prepare reports. Ability to render credible testimony in court. Ability to administer accident scene assistance/first aid, establish traffic control/police protection as needed. Ability to communicate clearly/accurately orally and in writing, prevent/discover commission of crimes. Operate police vehicles, acquire proficiency in use of all approved police weapons and equipment; ability to transfer among all officer positions in the department as needed/required. Demonstrated mental/physical health as required by job functions; corrected 20/40 vision in each eye; corrected minimum hearing required; does not pose threat to health/safety of others. Demonstrated sound judgment, stress tolerance, decisiveness, leadership, listening, interpersonal insight and persuasiveness. Excellent work history and attendance record. Certified as eligible for employment as a peace officer by the State of Missouri within six (6) months of employment. Possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver’s license and excellent driving record. No serious criminal record (determined by nature of violation). Must complete and submit an official CPD background questionnaire. Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age by hire date. No one under 20 may take exam. Departmental response time requires residence within 30 miles of the Columbia Police Dept.