Disqualifiers

Automatic Disqualifiers:

Not a United States Citizen.

Not a high school graduate or equivalent.

Not at least 20 years of age.

Do not possess a valid driver’s license.

Poor driving record.

Failure of written testing (if applicable).

Failure of fitness testing (if applicable).

Tattoos displayed on the face, head, neck, or hands.

Tattoos that could be considered obscene, offensive, sexually suggestive, profane or discriminatory towards persons on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual preference, or disability.

Piercings shall not be apparent or visible when in uniform. The only exception will be for female officers who are permitted to wear one pair of small stud type earrings in the lobes of their ears.

Found guilty or nolo contendere to any felony or serious misdemeanors, including domestic violence and cases of moral turpitude.

Pending indictment of any felony or serious misdemeanors, including domestic violence and cases of moral turpitude.

Sold, transported, traded or dispensed drugs or contraband illegally.

Use or attempted use of political pressure or bribery to secure an advantage in an examination or other determining factor for securing a position as a police officer.

Established an unsatisfactory employment or personnel record, evidenced by a reference check, of such a nature as to demonstrate unsuitability for employment.

Served in the Armed Forces and was dishonorably discharged.

Intentional omissions, fraudulent entries or deceptive behavior found at any point in the selection process.

Failure of the psychological examination.

Failure of the physical and/or drug screening.

Violation of any of the prohibitions as stated in the City of Joplin’s Home Rule Charter (Article V, Section 5.12).

Fail to meet the requirements of the State of Missouri Public Safety "Police Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)" requirements.

Failure to return the background investigation packet by the deadline, it is returned incomplete, or verification of required information cannot be made.

Failure to provide supporting documents requested for conducting a background investigation.


Discretionary Disqualifiers:

Application was not filled out completely.

Plead guilty or nolo contendere to, or has been found guilty of, or has a pending indictment of any misdemeanor charge, ordinance violation or infraction.

Abuse or misuse of alcohol or a controlled substance over a significant period without successfully completing an acceptable alcohol or substance abuse treatment program.

Served in the Armed Forces and was received a general discharge or uncharacterized discharge.

In arrears on taxes.

Demonstrated unwillingness to honor fiscal contracts or just debts.

Excessive number of traffic violations or one or more serious traffic violations.

Applicant has demonstrated immaturity or poor judgement within the past ten (10) years giving rise to concerns of poor critical thinking skills.