Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum age is 20 years and 9 months
  • United States citizen
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Must be physically fit to perform normal police activities

In addition to the above requirements, an applicant must obtain a score of at least 70% on the written application.


  • Background investigation
  • Physical ability test
  • Oral board interview
  • Truth verification test
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Physical examination

Lateral Entry

Applicants with prior law enforcement experience will be offered a starting salary that is commensurate with their years of experience to a maximum of five years. The maximum starting salary is currently $65,393.  Applicants with military, corrections and higher education may also qualify for higher entry level salaries not to exceed 59,641.  For more information please contact us at 202-962-1280 or

Employment Benefits

Members of the Metropolitan Transit Police force enjoy the following benefits:

  • Salary of $53,012 to $95,143, plus shift differential
  • Opportunity for promotion after five years of sworn service
  • Police Officer 2/3 positions
  • Clothing allowance of $700 - $1200 per year
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield (PPO) health insurance, including major medical, dental, eye care, and prescription coverage
  • Group life insurance
  • Disability retirement plan
  • Worker's compensation plan
  • Deferred compensation annuity plan
  • Paid holidays, annual and sick leave, and military leave/sick leave bank
  • Permanent shifts/days off
  • Retirement after 25 years of service (no minimum age) at 64%
  • Tuition reimbursement plan
  • Uniforms and equipment are provided by the Department (academy uniforms must be purchased)
  • Free bus/rail transportation

Employment Application

Complete our employment application online.