Code of the District of Columbia

§ 5–107.01. Minimum standards for members of the Metropolitan Police Department.

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(a) Repealed.

(b) Repealed.

(c) Repealed.

(d) Repealed.

(e) To be eligible for appointment as a sworn member of the Metropolitan Police Department, an applicant shall have either:

(1) Successfully completed 60 hours of post-secondary education at an accredited college or university;

(2) Served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Organized Reserves and National Guard, for at least 2 years on active duty and if separated from the military, have received an honorable discharge; or

(3) Served at least 3 years in a full-duty status with a full-service police department in a municipality or state within the United States and have resigned or retired in good standing.

(f) An applicant shall be ineligible for appointment as a sworn member of the Metropolitan Police Department if the applicant:

(1) Was previously determined by a law enforcement agency to have committed serious misconduct, as determined by the Chief by General Order;

(2) Was previously terminated or forced to resign for disciplinary reasons from any commissioned or recruit or probationary position with a law enforcement agency; or

(3) Previously resigned from a law enforcement agency to avoid potential, proposed, or pending adverse disciplinary action or termination.


(Oct. 4, 2000, D.C. Law 13-160, § 202, 47 DCR 4619; Sept. 30, 2004, D.C. Law 15-194, § 702(a), 51 DCR 9406; Mar. 6, 2007, D.C. Law 16-223, § 201(a), 53 DCR 10221; June 30, 2016, D.C. Law 21-125, § 212, 63 DCR 4659; Dec. 3, 2020, D.C. Law 23-151, § 115, 67 DCR 9920.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 15-194 rewrote subsec. (a) and added subsec. (d). Prior to amendment, subsec. (a) had read as follows: “(a) To be eligible for appointment as a sworn member of the Metropolitan Police Department, as of December 31, 2003, an applicant must have successfully completed 2 years of post-secondary education.”

D.C. Law 16-223, repealed subsecs. (a) to (d), and added subsec. (e).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 115 of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-437, Oct. 28, 2020, 67 DCR 12993).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 115 of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-336, July 22, 2020, 67 DCR 9148).

For temporary (90 days) , see § 3 of Metropolitan Police Department Officer Retention and Recruitment Incentives Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2016 (D.C. Act 21-420, June 23, 2016, 63 DCR 9008).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Metropolitan Police Department Educational Requirement Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-323, January 28, 2004, 51 DCR 1586).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3 of the Metropolitan Police Department Officer Retention and Recruitment Incentives Emergency Amendment Act of 2016 (D.C. Act 21-332, Mar. 17, 2016, 63 DCR 4304).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 115 of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-151, Dec. 3, 2020, 67 DCR 9920).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Metropolitan Police Department Education Requirement Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2004 (D.C. Law 15-147, April 22, 2004, law notification 51 DCR 4931).