City of Berkeley Police Department



Under the supervision of the Detective Sergeant, the Detective supervises and performs investigations of serious felonies and misdemeanors. The Detective applies specialized knowledge and abilities in the investigation process. This employee is responsible for the enforcement of laws and ordinances and the protection of life and property in the City of Berkeley. Assignments are received from the Captain or Sergeant and consist of specific cases to be followed to conclusion. This aspect of the work distinguishes the Detective from other police personnel who make preliminary investigation of cases at the scene of the crime. Although the work is performed in accordance with established rules and procedures, the employee must exercise considerable independent judgment in working on specific criminal cases.


Gather information or secure evidence for the arrest of persons alleged to have committed felonies and misdemeanors;

Visit the scene of crimes, search for, and preserve evidence, investigate and follow-up on leads, and search for and apprehend alleged criminals;

Supervise and instruct other officers in crime scene search procedures;

Interview suspects, prisoners, complainants, and witnesses to obtain information about crimes;

Assist and work with fellow officers and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies;

Prepare written reports of investigations;

Make public presentations as requested;

Assist other law enforcement agencies in criminal and illegal drug cases;

Testify in court;

Perform background investigations on new employees.


The successful applicant must have a minimum of three years of progressive experience in the field of law enforcement, supplemented by the completion and maintaining a P.O.S.T. approved curriculum. No less than 30 hours of coursework from an accredited college or university is required. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be a U.S. citizen or lawfully authorized alien worker. Detectives must be certified in criminal justice databases or obtain certification within six (6) months of employment (MULES/REJIS). Must be proficient with computer software applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.


Some knowledge of Police Department activities and lines of responsibility. Some knowledge of the geography and boundaries of the City as well as areas immediately adjoining the City. Some knowledge of computer use and fundamental office skills.

SALARY: This is a nonexempt position. Salary range: $45,000 to $55,000. Health and dental benefits, as well as vacation, sick leave, and other benefits are available to the employee and his/her family subject to current city policy.

TO APPLY: Apply in person, email, or mail application to City of Berkeley; 8425 Airport Rd., Berkeley, MO 63134

Police Department Application

Attention: Dr. Terrance Gibson, Assistant City Manager For more information and job status of open positions visit our website at Thorough background, education and criminal record checks will be completed. Drug/Alcohol screening required prior to employment. All employees fall under the City’s Alcohol & Controlled Substance Use, Abuse and Testing Policy.

Deadline: Open until Filled