QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

We appreciate your interest in employment with the Metropolitan Special Police Department (MSPD). Our department employs many talented and diverse full-time and part-time employees who protect and serve their community. 


To be considered for employment as a special police officer (SPO) with our department, candidates must first meet the following minimum qualifications:      


◾ Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;  


◾ Graduated from an accredited high school or institution with a High School Diploma or GED;  


◾ Be able to read, write, and speak the English language;


◾ An applicant who has been dishonorably discharged from the military shall be ineligible to be commissioned as a SPO;


◾ An applicant shall be ineligible to be commissioned as a SPO if that applicant has ever been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or been given probation before judgment for any offense in any jurisdiction that would be a crime of violence, as defined in D.C. Official Code §23-1331(4), if committed in the District of Columbia;


◾ If an applicant has ever been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or been given probation before judgment for any offense, other than a crime of violence, as defined in D.C. Official Code §23-1331(4), in any jurisdiction that would be a felony if committed in the District of Columbia, the applicant shall be ineligible to be commissioned as a SPO for 10 years following the applicant's release from incarceration and the conclusion of any court-ordered parole, probation, or supervision relating to that offense; 


◾ If an applicant has ever been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or been given probation before judgment for any offense, other than a crime of violence, as defined in D.C. Official Code §23-1331(4), or traffic offense, in any jurisdiction that would be a misdemeanor if committed in the District of Columbia, the applicant shall be ineligible to be commissioned as a SPO for 5 years following the applicant's release from incarceration and the conclusion of any court-ordered parole, probation, or supervision relating to that offense; 


◾ Be free from any physical, emotional, or mental conditions which might adversely affect an individual to perform the duties of a SPO;  


◾ Be a citizen of the United States (there is no exception for this);  


◾ Be of good moral character, as determined by a pre-employment investigation;  


◾ Have reliable means of transportation to and from work;  


◾ Have a minimum of three (3) years of experience in the position in which you are applying to;


◾ Experience may be substituted for college credits, prior law enforcement experience, or prior military experience. Final determination for a wavier of the minimum experience requirement for hiring is case-by-case and at the discretion of MSPD.

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PRE-EMPLOYMENT PROCESS

Additional Information

Special Police Officer applicants who are not already a certified Special Police Officer and/or who do not have previous police officer experience are considered to be SPECIAL POLICE OFFICER CANDIDATES. 


The department’s pre-employment selection process consists of the following phases:  


◾ Submission of a completed employment application;


◾ Submission of a Notarized Release of Information & Hold Harmless Agreement;


◾ Written Police Officer Entrance Exam (POEE);


◾ Physical Agility Exam (PAE);


◾ Initial interview with applicant;


◾ Background investigation to include: 1) employment history verification, 2) personal character reference review, 3) federal criminal history review, 4) state criminal history review, 5) local criminal history review, 6) social media review, 7) motor vehicle history review, 8) credit history review, 9) military records (if applicable), and 10) medical records; 


◾ Psychological screening by a licensed medical examiner;

 

◾ Pre-employment physical examination and completion of a health history questionnaire by a licensed medical examiner;


◾ Pre-employment drug test by a licensed medical examiner;


◾ Any other requirement determined necessary by the department; 


◾ Final interview and offer of employment.   

Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment applicants are treated fairly without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, and any other protected status under the law.       


If you think you have what it takes to exemplify our motto, “Taking Pride in Professionalism”, consider a career with the Metropolitan Special Police Department by clicking on the below link to submit us your interest card.