The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is the premier police agency in the nation. We are a dedicated community-oriented police department that serves and protects residents of and visitors to Washington, DC. MPD offers a competitive starting salary and benefits for its sworn members, and many opportunities for advancement through our competitive promotional process. If you choose the MPD you will learn hands-on from some of the best public safety professionals in the country and get a chance to make a difference.


  • Be a United States citizen (by birth or Naturalization)
  • 20 1/2 years of age or older (21 years of age at time of appointment)
  • Possess at least 20/100 vision, correctable to 20/30 in both eyes (contacts are permitted, but must be worn for six (6) months or Lasik-type surgery at least six (6) weeks prior to examination)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license at the time of application
  • Willing to submit to a background investigation, medical evaluation, psychological assessment and polygraph examination

Have one of the following:

  1. Successfully completed at least 60 semester hours of college credit with coursework in any subject matter. Credits from any accredited college or university will be accepted; or
  2. Served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Organized Reserves and National Guard, for at least two years on active duty and, if separated from the military, have received an honorable discharge; or
  3. Served at least three years in a full-duty status with a full-service police department in a municipality or a state within the United States, and have resigned or retired in good standing.

Candidates who do not meet one of the criteria above may consider the UDC / MPD Police Officer Training Cohort (POTC). This program assists prospective applicants in obtaining their education to become a DC police officer.

The Selection Process: All applicants must first complete an Interest Card


Attend an in-person MPD Prospect Day during which you will take part in the following events:

  • Body Fat Screening
  • Physical Ability Test
  • Document Screening
  • Fingerprinting and Photograph

All candidates who successfully complete the four components above will then complete their National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam at 1 pm.

NOTE: Candidates who have previously taken the FrontLine National Written Exam, within one year, at any testing location are exempt from retaking the examination on MPD Prospect Day.


Complete the Personal History Statement through our online system “eSOPH” to begin the background investigation process (criminal checks, references, employment, social media checks, etc.).


As part of your application process, you will be required to submit to a pre-employment polygraph examination. The polygraph examination will be administered by a trained and certified polygraph examiner. You will be able to select your testing site. Currently we offer pre-employment polygraphs in multiple locations for greater convenience to applicants. Failure to complete the polygraph examination will result in your removal from the application process.

Once you complete mass processing day, you will be scheduled for your polygraph examination. You will then receive instructions as to where to report and pertinent information regarding your polygraph examination.

In reference to your polygraph examination, you should arrive at your appointment well rested and prepared to allot a minimum of four (4) hours for the exam. In some instances, the polygraph examination could take as long as six (6) hours, depending on examiner availability and your personal history.

Below is a list of instructions for your polygraph examination:

  • 6-8 hours of sleep the night before the examination
  • Eat before you arrive at your polygraph examination
  • Business casual attire is required
  • No powders, lotions, colognes or perfumes may be worn during your exam. (Deodorant is Ok)
  • No Alcohol may be consumed 12 hours before your test
  • Bring a list of all prescribed medications that you are currently taking
  • Bring photo identification (e.g., driver’s license)

Finally, the best way to pass your polygraph examination is to be truthful with your background investigator, and to be truthful during the polygraph exam.


Undergo a comprehensive background investigation.


Submit to a medical and psychological evaluation


If you have passed all the sections of your MPD application, you will be notified of your successful application to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Further Information

Hiring Preferences

Residents of the District of Columbia and US Military Veterans are awarded preference points in hiring:

  • Residents of the District of Columbia
  • United States Military Veterans

In March 2016, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced the expansion of recruitment of military veterans. The Department continues to encourage qualified applicants who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Organized Reserves and National Guard, for at least two years on active duty, to join the Department. A hiring preference for an eligible veteran includes additional points that are applied for the initial appointment to DC government service.

Obligated Service

A candidate for appointment as an MPD police officer must agree to serve a minimum of two years as a sworn member upon successful completion of the initial training program or may be required to reimburse the District for the recruit training.

Diversity at MPD

Fulfilling the mission of the Metropolitan Police Department requires a variety of individuals who are not only interested in serving DC communities, but who also have unique skills, perspectives and strengths to apply to the work they do. By maintaining a workforce that is diverse and all-inclusive, MPD will continue to provide the District with the best possible response to community issues.

Notice of Non-discrimination: In accordance with the DC Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code Section 2-1401.01et seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.