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Ozark PD is excited to help you achieve your dreams! Get paid while going to school and secure your spot as an Ozark Police Officer!

Patrol OfficerStart as a Patrol Officer

The Ozark Police Department's Field Services Division, commonly referred to as uniformed patrol, serves as the most apparent representation of the department in the community. The patrol unit is responsible for answering calls for service from residents, engaging in proactive policing tactics, and enforcing traffic regulations throughout the City of Ozark. 

*Ozark Police Department provides services 24 hours a day , seven(7) days a week, and 365 days a year

Critical Skills 

Crisis Response: 

As a whole, law enforcement involves encountering individuals during their most challenging moments. Our officers frequently interact with people experiencing grief, anxiety, and stress – emotions and mental states that are often prevalent in these situations. To address these complexities, each sworn department member undergoes routine training to enhance their skills in effectively assisting individuals in crisis.


For our officers, prioritizing safety and maintaining heightened awareness is of paramount importance. Each team member undergoes comprehensive Dury University driver training during their studies. Furthermore, our officers participate in regular refresher courses to continually uphold their proficiency in safe driving practices.

Let us help turn your dreams into a reality!

Below are all the career development opportunities we offer here at Ozark Police Department

Special Operations

K9 Unit
Drone Unit
Street Crimes & Narcotics Detectives
General Crime Detectives

Traffic Enforcement

DWI Enforcement
Motorcycle Unit

Support Services

Canine Control Unit
Records Unit
Property & Evidence Unit
Training Unit


  • Starting rate $22.62-24.37/hour; 
  • Life & Health Insurance offered;
  • 10 Vacation Days annually;
  • 11 Floating Holidays annually;
  • 12 sick days annually;
  • Uniform/equipment furnished with $750 annual uniform allowance;
  • Tuition Reimbursement program;
  • Paid Funeral Leave;
  • Retirement through Missouri Lagers Retirement System.


  • Demonstrate integrity, trustworthiness, honesty, and maintain confidentiality;
  • Demonstrate strong work ethic, proper work temperament, and be an overall dependable employee;
  • Serve as a good role model;
  • Exhibit strong customer service not only with the general public, but with our internal customers as well (i.e., other City employees);
  • Work as a team to accomplish goals, as a member or leader of our team;
  • Demonstrate strong enthusiasm, judgment, commitment;
  • Demonstrate dedication and commitment to employee and public safety;
  • Demonstrate flexibility in the face of change.



  • All applicants are required to complete an application.  Applications can be obtained from the Ozark Police Department (Monday-Friday, 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) or by clicking the link at top of page. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Ozark Police Department at 417-581-6600. Ozark Police Department, 201 E Brick Street, Ozark, MO 65721. All mailed cover letters, applications; resumes must be addressed to the Chief of Police.  Written Test:
  • All applicants are required to complete a written examination with a passing score to remain in consideration for the opening(s).
  • The test consists of four sections.
  • A minimum of a 70% in each section is required to receive a passing score. 
    • Arithmetic 
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Problem Solving 
    • Grammar and Writing

Physical Agility Test:

  • All applicants are required to complete and score a passing score on the department’s Physical Agility Test to remain in consideration for the opening(s).
  • The tests consist of the following: 
    • Pushups – Passing Score consists of 20 in 1 Minute.
    • Sit-ups – Passing Score consists of 25 in 1 Minute. 
    • 300 Meter sprint – Passing Score / 1 minute 15 seconds.   
    • 1.5 mile – Passing Score / 17 minutes 1 second.  


  • Oral interview;
    • Performed in panel format;
    • Each applicant is asked the same (structured) set of questions;
    • Panel may follow up with clarifying questions;
    • Applicant can ask questions at the completion of the interview;
    • Applicants will be narrowed down for the remaining process.

Background Investigation:

  • Applicant will complete a Background Screening Booklet if approved for Background Phase
  • At a minimum, the following information will be investigated: 
    • Driver’s License Status/History;
    • Criminal History;
    • Ex Parte - Orders of Protection;
    • Wanted;
    • Employment History and References;
    • Personal References;
    • Minimum Qualifications.

Job Offers:

  • The “contingent” offer will require the applicant to complete additional testing. 
  •  Selected applicants must successfully complete: 
    • Polygraph; 
    • Drug and alcohol screening;
    • Physical;
    • Psychological Exam