Joplin is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Missouri, and is the retail, manufacturing and medical hub for a surrounding area encompassing parts of four states. With a population of 50,000 residents, the daytime population of the city expands to approximately 270,000. Joplin is consistently rated as one of the lowest costs of living areas in the United States.

$10,000 Recruitment Incentive for qualified applicants with P.O.S.T. Certification!

Application Information

Police Testing Information

If interested in becoming a police officer, please submit an application and we will notify you when we have our next test scheduled!



APPLICATIONS:  Applications are taken anytime throughout the year. 

Apply online here


PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST (PAT):  Each hiring cycle is started with the physical agility test.  Applications received after the physical agility testing will be considered at the next available physical agility test.


LOCATION:  Public Safety Training Facility, 5102 N. Swede Ln., Joplin, Mo 64801

 For the PAT, please wear proper attire for running and check out the Physical Applicant Guide below. 
Minimum criteria for applicants to PARTICIPATE in departmental testing:
 1. Minimum of 20 years of age.  
 2. Possession of current Missouri P.O.S.T. certification PREFERRED however other applicants will be considered (The City of Joplin possibly will pay for Academy) after meeting preliminary requirements including physical, written exam, background checks, polygraph testing, medical screening, psychological testing, and staff interviews.  
 3. No previous felony convictions or misdemeanors involving domestic violence or moral turpitude.  
 4. Possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.  
 PREFER two (2) years law enforcement experience and/or an Associate degree in Law Enforcement, Police Science or closely related field.  
 Successful completion on test scores and a preliminary background investigation, some applicants will be placed on an “eligibility” list for one year for hiring purposes based on testing; all others will receive letters on when to test again in the future. The expected duration of the initial selection process will vary from 6 to 18 weeks.  
 To participate in testing, applications must be received in the Human Resources Office, City of Joplin, 602 S. Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801 before test or take to the test site day of test. Applications may be obtained at the Human Resources Office or on the web www.joplinmo.org. Applications are taken all year long and applicants will be notified when a test is schedule IF they have an application in.  
 Starting annual salary for Police Officer - $40,000 as earned with excellent benefits including a contributory retirement plan for those with P.O.S.T certification and experience.  
 Starting annual salary for Police Officer Trainee -$34,256 as earned with excellent benefits including a contributory retirement plan for those who do not possess P.O.S.T certification. These candidates will be sent through the Academy by the City of Joplin.  
 The City of Joplin is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and ADA Employer. Previous applicants who were disqualified for background deficiencies will not be reconsidered, unless they are notified in writing by Human Resources, designating them as eligible for retest. 


Please check the Joplin Police Website.


Applicants may obtain a copy of the City of Joplin EEOP Short Form on request.