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Police Officer Trainee, UMKC Police Department, Multiple Openings

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Job Location:
Police and Public Safety
Hiring Department

University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Police Department 

Job Description

The UMKC Police Department Police Officer Trainee position is a non-sworn, full-time, benefit eligible position specifically designed to prepare an individual for a Police Officer position in the UMKC Police Department. This entry-level classification is designed to allow for the assessment, hiring, and training of suitable candidates for the Police Officer position. Police Officer Trainees will complete duties as assigned but may not be assigned to duties that would require them to be a sworn Police Officer. Police Officer Trainees are required to sign a three (3) year agreement outlining terms and expectations.

Police Officer Trainees are required to complete all tasks, assignments, tests, and expectations of the academy they are assigned to in preparation for the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) test. Individuals will serve as a Police Officer Trainee while completing the academy and the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) test. 

At the conclusion of the assigned academy, Police Officer Trainees must successfully pass the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) test, as required by State Law, to become a certified Police Officer in the State Missouri (see Missouri Department of Public Safety website for additional details).

Individuals who successfully complete the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) test, become a certified Police Officers within the State of Missouri, and meet all minimum qualifications to be a UMKC Police Officer (as outlined in the comments section below), shall move to the title of Police Officer within the UMKC Police Department. They will become a sworn officers assigned to Field Training as outlined in department policy and procedure. 

Completion of the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) test coordinated by the assigned academy is a requirement of continued employment. Individuals who cannot successfully complete the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) test or are otherwise unable to become certified Police Officers within the state of Missouri will be terminated.


Hours determined by assigned police academy.

Upon meeting qualifications for transfer to a UMKC Police Officer position, officers will work one of three shifts, including weekends: 

  • 07:00 - 15:00
  • 15:00 - 23:00
  • 23:00 - 07:00
Overtime is expected for campus special events and functions.

Minimum Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Valid Missouri or Kansas driver's license

Preferred Qualifications

Completion of 30+ college credit hours from accredited college or university OR 2 years federal active-duty military service with an honorable discharge

Anticipated Hiring Range

Police Officer Trainee position is paid hourly at a rate of $21.42 per hour.  Upon successful completion of program requirements and approved transfer to a UMKC Police Officer position, Police Officers will start at $24.42 per hour. 

Application Deadline

Applications due by March 31, 2024

Other Information

UMKC Police Officer Trainee Selection Process:

Phase I: Pre-Conditional:

1. UMKC Human Resource application accepted

2. Oral review board.

3. Background investigation to include, at a minimum: 
  • verification of qualifying credentials
  • review of any criminal record
  • verification of at least three (3) personal or professional references
4. Voice stress analysis and/or polygraph examination 

5. Oral interview with the UMKC Chief of Police

Phase II: Conditional Offer of Employment

1. Psychological examination and interview

2. Medical examination

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.

Community Information

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds-a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city's rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City's biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.  

UMKC's campuses are conveniently nestled in the middle of all the action. Volker Campus is just minutes from the legendary Country Club Plaza, perfect for shopping or restaurants for lunch or after-work happy hours. Surrounded by hip neighborhoods and eateries, the Health Sciences Campus is located downtown near University Health Truman Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital.  

UMKC is proud to be "Kansas City's university," and the campus and its people celebrate all the characteristics of the surrounding community. To learn more about life in Kansas City and find more resources, visit 

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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