We appreciate your interest in employment with the Metro 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 verifiable work experience;
◾ Work experience may be substituted for college credits, prior law enforcement experience, corrections, 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.
Applicants who are not already a certified Special Police Officer are considered to be SPECIAL POLICE CANDIDATES.
The department’s pre-employment selection process consists of the following phases:
◾ Submission of a candidate interest card;
◾ Submission of a completed employment application;
◾ Submission of a notarized Authorization to Release Background Information form;
◾ 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) education records review, 9) military records (if applicable), and 10) medical records;
◾ Completion of a medical physical examination by a licensed medical examiner and approved as "fit for duty";
◾ Completion of a 10-panel drug test by a licensed medical laboratory with negative drug results;
◾ Any other requirement determined necessary by the department; and
◾ Final interview and offer of employment.
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 Metro Special Police Department by clicking on the below link to submit us your interest card.
Once a conditional offer has been sent by Human Resources (HR) to the applicant, they have five (5) business days to accept or decline the offer. If the offer is declined, the applicant is no longer considered for hiring. If the applicant accepts the offer, they are invited to our headquarters to attend a new hire orientation. During the eight (8) hour orientation, the new hire will:
◾ Meet with HR and attend a classroom seminar to learn about the history and mission of MSPD;
◾ Complete all new hire documents such as a Federal Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification), Federal Form W-4 (Employee's Tax Withholding Certificate), State tax documents,
direct deposit form, emergency contact form, and policy documents;
◾ Issued a policy and procedure handbook;
◾ Issued log in credentials for agency email, payroll, scheduling, ect.;
◾ Issued uniforms and duty equipment;
◾ Employee photo taken;
◾ Tour of the headquarters;
◾ Meet with the Command Staff and the Commissioner;
◾ Assigned a Field Training Officer (FTO); and
◾ Enroll in the MSPD Training Academy.
All new hires are placed on a 180-day probationary period to evaluate the employee's performance and adherence to policies and procedures. During the employee's probation period, they will attend the MSPD Training Academy (MSPDTA). The academy is six (6) weeks long and upon successful completion the officer will be certified in the following topics (in accordance with District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) Title 6A, Chapter 11, Section 1100.7):
1) The History of Policing;
2) DCMR Title 6A, Chapter 11;
3) Introduction to Constitutional Law and Police Authority;
4) Reasonable Suspicion, Probable Cause, Warrants, Exigent Circumstances, and the Exclusionary Rule;
5) Basic Report Writing;
6) DC Official Code;
7) DC Arrest Procedures for Special Police Officers;
8) Use of Force, Use of Force Continuum, Use of Force Framework, De-Escalation, and Documenting Force;
9) Firearms Qualification;
10) Tactical Handcuffing;
11) Chemical Irritants & OC Spray;
12) Expandable Baton;
13) Defensive Tactics;
14) Basic Overview of First Aid;
15) Opioid Overdose and Narcan Nasal Spray;
16) Using Portable Fire Extinguishers;
17) Active Shooter;
18) Customer Service, Handling Difficult People, and Interactions with Tourists;
19) Professional Ethics for Special Police;
20) Introduction to Terrorism Awareness, Bomb Threats, Suspicious Mail and Packages;
21) Handling the Media and Public Requests for Information;
22) Preventing Bullying, Harassment, and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace;
23) LGBTQ+ Awareness;
24) Situational Awareness;
25) Police-Citizen Contact: The Second Amendment and Citizens Concealed Carrying;
26) Biased-Based Policing: Awareness of Pre-Conceived Notions, Stereotypes, and Racial Profiling;
27) Police-Citizen Contact: Homeless Citizens and Recognizing Mental and Behavioral Health Issues;
28) MPD Circular 12-01: Barring Notices;
29) Introduction to Body-Worn Cameras;
30) Introduction to Police Radio Communications;
31) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
32) Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC); and
33) Introduction to CALEA.
After successful completion of the MSPDTA, the officer is then paired with a FTO for on-the-job training (OJT). The officer must successfully complete 250 hours of OJT with the FTO. If the new hire does not complete the necessary training requirements or displays poor job performance, then they are subject to having their probation extended or their conditional offer of employment revoked.
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