The City of St. James is located 90 miles West of St. Louis, MO off of Interstate 44. The St. James Police Department consists of 11 full time employees to include 6 Patrol Officers, 2 Sergeants, 1 Lieutenant, 1 Police Secretary and a Chief of Police. Our department services a population of 4,216 citizens. Our officers stay busy responding to calls and being proactive by initiating their own investigations.
The equipment offered by our department include late model take home fully equipped Ford Police Interceptors or Dodge Chargers. We provide our officers with up to date equipment to include side arms, patrol rifles, and Tasers. Full uniforms are provided by the department free of charge to include duty gear.
Our police officers receive competitive pay with health insurance paid 100% for the officer. All of our officers receive monthly in service training. We provide paid training to our officers in specialized fields to include investigations, narcotics, fraud and other various areas of law enforcement.
The St. James Police Department is community oriented. Our officers our involved in programs such as DARE, community speaking engagements and fundraising for various organizations
Processes and operations for the protection of life and property through the enforcement of federal and state laws as well as municipal ordinances. Patrolling the city limits of St. James, responding to calls for service, conducting preliminary investigations, enforcing traffic and parking laws, Participating in Community Policing activities, investigating traffic related incidents, writing reports, pursuing and detaining suspects, and making arrests.
Applicants should have excellent communication skills and a history of demonstrated common sense and sound decision-making. Applicants must be able to analyze situations quickly and objectively.
Conditions present high stress and threat to personal safety during periods of search and seizure and arrest. You may be exposed to toxic materials, bloodborne pathogens and other infectious environment. You may have to deal with unruly or dangerous individuals, unsafe building sites and deadly force and always risk the possibilities of injury. You may be required to extend work schedule during emergency situations and called in at any time to work a shift.
Officers may be scheduled to work an 8 hour shift or 12 hour shifts. 12 hour shifts have a 3 day weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) every other week.
ASSIGNMENTS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT
Members of the St. James Police Department having completed the required probationary period can apply to be assigned to the following, when such position is available:
Breath Alcohol Instrument Administrator
School Resource Officer
Eligible officers compete for advancement into supervisory positions. These positions include Senior Patrol Officer, Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant.
All candidates for the position of Police Officer must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to apply:
- Be POST (state) certified at the time of employment
- Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of employment
- Possess a valid Missouri operator's license at the time of employment
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough background investigation will be conducted on all police applicants in the areas of past employment record, reputation, personal references, neighborhood reputation, police record check, credit history and military record (when applicable). The background investigation may be concluded with a polygraph examination in an attempt to verify information received from and about the applicant.
PHYSICAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS: These examinations may be
given after a conditional offer of employment by a Department designated physician or psychologist and may consist of various organic tests to determine the applicant’s suitability for the rigors of police work. The psychological exam will be used to determine the applicant’s suitability for police work. If a Department designated physician or psychologist finds that the applicant meets physical and psychological standards for employment, the applicant will be appointed.
- Starting pay is $ 42,167/year (paid bi-weekly)
- Included in the pay is 88 hours of holiday pay.
- ½ day accrued every month for the 1st year
- 1 day accrued every month after 1st year
- 1 ½ days accrued every month after 10 years
- 1 1/4 days accrued per month
- LAGERS - Contribution starts after 6 months.
- $15K life insurance
- 100% paid for employee 60% paid for family
- Tuition reimbursement program – 100% of actual tuition for letter grade of A
- Uniforms, weapons, and take-home vehicle furnished.
- Facial hair and visible non-offensive tattoos on the arms are allowed in accordance with department policy.
- Short sleeve and long sleeves are not regulated during the summer and winter.
- Take home cars are allowed up to 30 miles one-way from the police department.
- Officers are permitted to wear Load Bearing Vests.
- In car mobile computers
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability. Individuals with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to testing or appointment. Proof of United States Citizenship/Authorization to Work in The United States as established by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 is a condition of employment.