Police Officer

MU Police Department   Columbia, MO   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on May 13, 2024



University of Missouri Police Department

--The University of Missouri is a beautiful campus encompassing 1,262 acres. The university was established in Columbia as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. There are over 30,000 students enrolled with 2,500 plus faculty members and over 6,000 additional staffers.


The Police Officer shall report to the designated supervisor.


Police Officer - Patrol
University Job Code and Global Title: 45192 – Police Officer
The University Police Department’s job description is based off a job task analysis. The
University has assigned job code 45192 to this position and it is graded at GGS-9 (Police
Officer). The University’s Global Title for this position is Police Officer. See information
on Human Resources web page for University global titles, job codes, and grading.
The Patrol Officer is a uniformed position and is responsible for ensuring the safety and
security of the community as well as university property by patrolling their assigned area
by motor vehicle, bicycle, utility cart, or on foot to prevent, discover, and deter the
commission of crime, enforce university rules and regulations, enforce state statutes
and city ordinances, provide personal and property security, and traffic law
- Provide necessary assistance and take appropriate action based on analysis of
situation and facts. Observe and make note of suspicious persons, possible
violators, hazardous conditions or unusual situations.

- Check buildings and property following security procedures; noting and reporting
evidence of damage and possible break-ins.
- Observe public or student gatherings and analyze developments to determine
need for action.
- Respond to emergency alarms and dispatched calls regarding a variety of
services including: illness, accidents, disturbances, crime and other acts against
persons or property, animal control, and motorist assistance.
- Assist in parking enforcement activities including issuing citations and ordering
vehicle removals.
- Perform traffic control duties, directing automobile and pedestrian traffic to
maintain safe and efficient flow.
- Issue warnings or citations to drivers when violations of motor vehicle laws are
- Administer field sobriety tests and conduct impaired driving investigations.
- Conduct preliminary and follow up investigations of incidents as necessary;
collect and preserve physical evidence, protect crime scene, interview suspects
and witnesses, and files appropriate reports as directed by federal, state or local
legal requirements.
- Prepare court cases and provide legal testimony in response to subpoena.
- Make arrests and maintain custody of individuals.
- Process arrested individuals by taking photographs, obtaining fingerprints, writing
arrest reports, and transport violators to jail when necessary.
- Provide escort service for designated individuals and money messengers.
- Render first aid as needed, following prescribed procedures and victim/personal
safety precautions.
- Provide general assistance and information to community members and visitors.
- Assist federal, state, county and city law enforcement authorities as requested or
- Prepare and file daily reports of criminal incidents, accidents, and tickets issued
in prescribed format to include all necessary forms and paperwork.
- Work special events and other overtime assignments.
- May serve in role of Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Field
Training Officer, Officer in Charge, and other Specialized Positions.
- Maintain proficiency with all equipment and technology.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
- Physical demands: Maintain the minimum physical abilities as related to job
function and performance.
o Must be able to communicate effectively and listen for extended time
o Must be able to feel attributes of objects, grasp, push, drive, stand, walk,
reach with hands/arms, stoop/crouch, climb/balance, and operate
mechanical equipment.
o Must have visually evaluate situations and must have sufficient hand-eye
coordination to operate issued equipment.
o Must be able to input data into a computer and operate all related
electronic/computing equipment.
o Must be able to engage in foot pursuits/effect forcible arrests.
o Must demonstrate ability to meet all physical standards by passing
medical exam.


$26 per hour, $54,080 annual

7 a.m.-3 p.m.  

3-11 p.m.

11 p.m.-7 a.m.

Overtime is expected for special events/functions/emergencies


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • A valid Missouri operator’s license.
  • Missouri POST certification may be required prior to employment, but it is required once job is started.


Citizen of the United States.

Resident of the State of Missouri by date of appointment.

Twenty-one years of age by date of appointment.

Not have been convicted of a Felony or Class A Misdemeanor.

Has not consumed any alcoholic beverages within the past six months because of an addiction to alcohol.

Has not within two years of appointment used, manufactured, sold, or cultivated any controlled substance (as defined by Missouri State Statues) with the exception of the use of marijuana as described in the following, nor is addicted to any controlled substance.

Has not used, within two years prior to appointment, marijuana, nor has manufactured or sold marijuana ever.  Marijuana cases may be judged on a case by case basis with experimental use and recreational use in legalized areas.

Has no criminal history as outlined in Section 590.080.1 and Section 590.100.1, RSMo.

Prior to beginning job duties all officers must graduate a Basic Law Enforcement Training Center, pass the Missouri Peace Officer License Exam, and be certified as a police officer within the State of Missouri.

Certified as a police officer in the state of Missouri, Bachelor’s Degree, and be able to type.


Expected Duration of the Selection Process:

The department hopes to fill these positions by the end of May. An update will be sent to all applicants after applications are reviewed updating them of their status in the process.


The Police Department allows applicants not selected to reapply. This includes all applicants who successfully completed the selection process but were not offered employment. All applicants must reapply to be considered in future positions.  Applicants who fail portions of the selection process will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The applicant will be notified in writing of their elimination/non-selection in the process and a determination on reapplication and/or testing.

All Elements of the Selection Process

Phase I, Pre-Conditional

University of Missouri Human Resource application accepted.

Oral Review Board.

Background Investigation to include at a minimum: verification of qualifying credentials, a review of any criminal record, and verification of at least three personal references.

Voice Stress Analysis and/or Polygraph Examination

Oral Interview – Chief of Police

Phase II, Conditional Offer of Employment

Psychological Examination and Interview

Medical Examination

Application Notice:

You can contact Lieutenant Armentrout at (573) 882-5804 for more information on the selection process.  It is critical that you check the e-mail you listed with this application as most correspondences will be handled through e-mail in addition to phone and mail.


This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits


The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.


Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.