Officer Qualifications

To be a police officer of the Jackson Police Department, you must be a bright individual with the integrity and discipline to always do what is best for the community. The badge we wear on our chests represents the honor we cherish when sworn to protect and serve the citizens of the city. Personal biases and prejudices are not tolerated here. Other things we require of all our officers, from the top ranks to the bottom, are:
  • 21 years of age
  • 60 semester or 90 quarter college credits
  • Ability to understand, follow and carry out instruction
  • Certified or able to be certified through MCOLES
  • Emotional stability
  • Extraordinary moral standards
  • Keen observation skills
  • Passing grades on all MCOLES screening tests
  • Passing of medical / physical examinations (provided by the city)
  • Reliability
  • U.S. citizenship

Information regarding salary and benefits (PDF)