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Welcome to the Metropolitan Police Department

Welcome to the Metropolitan Police Department, where you can be part of an organization energized by a renewed feeling of pride and sense of purpose. Every day, we’re focused on building a crime-fighting partnership with the community, and developing our own promise and potential as a department. Whether you’re interested in a sworn or civilian position, the MPD may be the place for you. You could join our nearly 4,400 member – 3,900 sworn police officers and nearly 500 full-time equivalent civilian employees – in serving the unique neighborhoods within the District. Help us write a brand new chapter in the history of policing… right here in our Nation's Capital.

Whether you choose to become a police officer or pursue a path toward civilian employment, MPD values the contributions you can make. Roles within the Police Reserve Corps, Citizen Volunteer Corps or Collegiate Internship Program provide other ways in which people can serve the communities that make up the District of Columbia. Choose the role you wish to play in keeping our communities safe and secure. If you are interested in a position with MPD, click on
join today in the top right. 

Message from the Chief

Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police

Right now is a great time to be MPD. And now is a great time for you to learn about an exciting career in law enforcement with the Metropolitan Police Department.

I joined the force more than 20 years ago as a recruit and have enjoyed patrolling our Nation’s Capital, getting to know residents and working with communities. For DC to be the best, safest city it can be, the MPD needs the best, brightest, most highly trained and motivated police force in the country — a police force that is as committed as I am to creating safe and strong neighborhoods.

What does it take to be a member of this team? It takes people with integrity, discipline and drive. It takes people who enjoy working with others — in all types of settings and circumstances. It takes people who are true problem-solvers, people who really want to make a difference in the lives of others.

MPD offers a great starting salary and benefits and has opportunities for advancement through our competitive promotional process. If you choose the Metropolitan Police Department, you will learn hands-on from some of the best public safety professionals in the country and get a chance to make a difference.

Apply today to be an MPD officer and join the ranks of the finest police department in the nation.


Cathy L. Lanier
Chief of Police