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It is the mission of the Metropolitan Police Department to safeguard the District of Columbia and protect its residents and visitors with the highest regard for the sanctity of human life.  We will strive at all times to accomplish our mission with a focus on service, integrity, and fairness by upholding our city’s motto Justitia Omnibus — Justice for All.

Q Do I qualify?

You must be at least 20 1/2 years of age or older (21 years of age at time of appointment), a United States citizen, have a valid driver’s license, and have completed 60 college credits; or you must have 2 years of active duty military with an honorable discharge (if applicable); or you must have 3 years of prior police (full service department) experience.

For applicants who are interested in joining MPD as a police officer, but do not have 60 college credits (or substitutes listed above), please visit http://joinmpd.dc.gov/UDC-POTC to learn more about the UDC / MPD Police Officer Training Cohort.

Q What are the requirements to join the Cadet Corps?

Cadets must be enrolled in a District of Columbia high school or have graduated. Cadets must be between 17 and 24 years of age and must pass a comprehensive background investigation that includes a medical examination drug screening and a polygraph exam. Cadets must possess at least 20/100 vision, correctable to 20/30 in both eyes. Cadets must also possess, or acquire, a valid driver's license. Additionally, Cadets must conform to Physical Fitness Standards, and possess high moral character.

Q What type of training happens in the Academy?

MPD's Academy includes 24 weeks of intensive academic and physical skills training. This includes two weeks of firearms training, one week of civil disturbance training, one week of vehicle skills training, and officer survival skills training.

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  • Agency Size: 1001+ personnel
  • Founded Date:1861
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