Metropolitan Police Department

Join the Metropolitan Police Department


Police Officer

To be an MPD officer is to be part of something bigger than yourself — to be entrusted with the duty to serve and protect in one of the world’s greatest cities. MPD is a special place where a collection of eclectic officers from diverse backgrounds come together as colleagues and friends to ensure the safety and security of the residents and visitors of our nation’s capital.


The MPD Police Cadet Corps is a specialized program for 17- to 24-year-olds to serve part-time as uniformed civilian employees. As a member of the Cadet Corps, you will be on track to enter MPD’s Police Officer Recruit Program. Serving as a cadet will afford you the opportunity to learn hands-on about policing while attending college and earning college credits.

High School Cadet

The Cadet Corps High School Program is designed to prepare high school seniors for entrance into the full-time Cadet Corps. This program enables high school seniors to complete their senior year of school while working part-time for the Metropolitan Police Department Cadet Corps. This part-time option will provide students with unique opportunities to develop their leadership skills, participate in physical training, and learn about policing.

Reserve Officer

The Reserve Corps is made up of over 100 women and men who make a significant contribution to DC policing while maintaining other careers or retirement. Members of the Reserve Corps receive full law enforcement training and serve on patrol functions. Reserve police officers contribute in almost every capacity within the Metropolitan Police Department. Everyday, reserve police officers are working in the nation’s capital helping to make Washington, DC, a safer place to live, work and visit.