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Entry-Level Minimum Requirements

Chief Lanier

Minimum Requirements

MPD is a police force composed of the city’s finest. To qualify for the position of Police Officer, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen at the time of application
  • Be 21 years of age
  • Possess at least 20/100 vision, correctable to 20/30 in both eyes (contacts are permitted, but must be worn for six (6) months or Lasik-type surgery at least six (6) weeks prior to examination)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license at the time of application
  • Pass a police officer selection multiple-choice test
  • Pass a physical ability test
  • Submit to a polygraph examination
  • Pass a medical examination, including a drug-screening test (blood, urine, and hair),
  • Be of proportionate height and weight as measured by percentage of body fat
  • Pass a psychological examination
  • Possess a high moral character for carrying out law enforcement duties
  • Have one of the following:
  • Successfully completed at least 60 semester hours of college credit with coursework in any subject matter. Credits from any accredited college or university will be accepted; or
  • Served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Organized Reserves and National Guard, for at least three years on active duty and, if separated from the military, have received an honorable discharge; or
  • Have served at least five years in a full-duty status with a full-service police department in a municipality or a state within the United States, and have resigned or retired in good standing.

Hiring Preferences

  • Residency Preference
    Hiring preference for a DC Resident wherein additional points are applied to a bona-fide resident of the District of Columbia during the entry-level Assembled Examination
  • Veterans Preference
    Hiring preference for an eligible veteran wherein additional points are applied for the initial appointment to DC government service

Obligated Service

A candidate for appointment as an MPD police officer must agree to serve a minimum of two years as a sworn member upon successful completion of the initial training program.

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