Smithville - Entry Level Police Officer

Job Overview

Department Smithville Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
SalaryPolice Recruit-$43,573
Deadline Oct 1, 2024 11:59 PM Eastern
Location Smithville, MO
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Smithville Police Department, MO Police Jobs




We seek professional individuals that possess Honor, Integrity and Compassion. These are our core beliefs and standards, and we will not compromise on the quality of police officer we desire. POST Certification desired but not required. We offer the following benefits for all officers:

  • Salary for Police Recruit-$43,573
  • Generous Benefits Package (Medical/Dental/Vision/Life)
  • Missouri LAGERS L7 Pension Plan
  • Sick/Vacation Leave (4 hours each per pay period to start)
  • Holiday/Overtime pay
  • 12-hour shifts with every other weekend off
  • Regular firearms and CEU training
  • Uniforms/Equipment provided (Uniform dry-cleaning included)
  • GI Bill OJT Reimbursement for qualified applicants
  • Visible tattoo policy and facial hair (allowed, within reason)
  • Effective January 1, 2024, officers will receive a 28-day sabbatical every 4th year of employment


  • Must be a natural-born or naturalized citizen of the United States
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 21 years old at time of appointment

Must be able to successfully complete:

  • Video/Written Test
  • Oral Board Interview/Background Investigation/CVSA/ Psychological Screening/Drug screen

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to patrol, respond, assess, repress and prevent criminal activities, investigate offenses, apprehend offenders and furnish and determine appropriate day-to-day enforcement.
  • Ability to safely, effectively and appropriately use lethal and nonlethal weapons.
  • A working knowledge of the court system, and the ability to testify effectively in a court of law.
  • Work involves some risk to personal safety and may involve increased exposure to communicable diseases.
  • Must be able to work days, evenings, nights as well as holidays and weekends.
  • Must be able to work a rotating shift.
  • It is preferable to possess a Basic Law Enforcement Certification from an accredited law enforcement academy in the State of Missouri, or the ability to satisfy the State of Missouri Peace Officers Standards to obtain the certification. Sponsoring for the academy is available for qualified applicants.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States, and a citizen of the State of Missouri at the time of appointment.
  • Must possess a high School diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be available to work irregular hours and maintain a telephone for emergency contact.
  • Must have a Motor Vehicle Operators License valid in the State of Missouri or the ability to obtain one
  • Must have dependable transportation.
  • Must be able to pass an extensive background investigation and drug screen.
  • Must reside within a reasonable response time to the City Limits of Smithville.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with work colleagues and the general public.


Job Description/General Duties

(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class.)

  • Performs preventive patrol and actively enforces laws, statutes and ordinances.
  • Identifies potential and actual police hazards and determines an appropriate response or enforcement activity.
  • Provides emergency assistance to injured.
  • Protects accident and/or crime scene to ensure evidence control.
  • Directs and controls traffic to ensure safe and efficient movement of vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Conducts traffic enforcement activities to reduce accidents and discourage unlawful driving behavior.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of suspects and/or criminal activities/persons.
  • The position regularly requires the handling of confidential or sensitive information and also requires periods of physical effort and constant periods of mental effort.
  • Responds to routine, urgent and emergency calls for service.
  • Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with the general public; with other Department employees on a constant basis; and with other City employees on an occasional basis.


About Smithville PD

Smithville, Missouri is located along 169 Highway and sits approximately 30 minutes north of Downtown Kansas City.  Smithville covers an area of 15.5 square miles and has a current population of approximately 10,500 residents. Over the past two decades Smithville has experienced a steady increase in population that is expected to continue well into the future.  The Department is made up of 20 sworn officers: 2 admin, 2 Detectives, 2 School Resource Officers and 14 Patrol Offices.  Currently there are four (4) open positions to fill. A typical call volume for our city annually is approximately 4,500 calls for service and does not included officer initiated activity.  With the city placement near one of the largest recreational lakes in the KC Metro area, and sitting between two larger cities, Kansas City and St. Joseph, a lot of traffic passes through town, as does criminal activity.  Officers are encouraged to do as much self-initiated activity as they are comfortable with, with the additional availability of traffic grants.

Smithville Police Department enjoys a strong relationship with the community.  Residents enjoy supporting the department, often stopping by with treats for the officers and never hesitating to come forward with questions or issues.  This strong community relationship helps in solving crimes and working proactively with the community to prevent them. Officers take great pride in the events hosted by the department for children in the community as well as adults (e.g. Safety Academy, Junior Police Academy and Citizen’s Police Academy).  Smithville Police Officer’s Shop with a Cop program allows officers to help those families in our community who need a little extra help during the holidays and has been run by officers for 12 years now.


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