Police Officer

Joplin, MO
Joplin Police Department

Salary: $19.616 per hour ($40,800 annually).

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, performs uniformed law enforcement duties within the city limits including business and residence checks, discovering and preventing the commission of crimes, and enforcing State, and City laws and ordinances.

Essential Functions:

  1. Patrols city responding to calls involving criminal and civil complaints, conducting preliminary investigations, and/or investigating assigned cases after initial response for presentation to prosecuting attorney for consideration of criminal charges.
  2. Enforces traffic laws and ordinances by monitoring vehicular travel on city streets, issues warnings and citations when necessary, and documents enforcement activities.
  3. Arrests, questions, and transports suspects and/or persons with outstanding warrants to the city jail. Ensures arrested persons are processed (booked) into jail in accordance with State and Federal guidelines and Police Department procedures.
  4. Appears in court to present evidence and sworn testimony.
  5. Serves, when assigned, in specialized roles which include: K-9 Officer, Certified School Resource Officer, Crime Prevention Officer, Traffic Officer, Court Bailiff, Training Officer and Field Training Officer.
  6. Serves, when assigned, as Detective, investigating misdemeanor and felony crimes, responding to and processing crime scenes, building criminal cases for prosecution in a court of law by interviewing parties involved and presenting cases to prosecuting attorneys.


  • Education: High school diploma or GED equivalent required. Accredited college coursework in law enforcement or related discipline is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience: Prior law enforcement experience preferred, but not required. Military service is preferred.
  • Licenses and Certifications: Possess and maintain a valid state issued driver’s license and Missouri POST certification for Peace Officer or possession of POST certification from another state and eligibility to obtain Missouri POST certification prior to employment.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • A United States citizen, with no felony convictions or misdemeanor domestic violence convictions.