The Ethical Society of Police (E.S.O.P.) will host its next free Pre-Academy Recruitment Program from February 26 through May 4. The program, which prepares attendees for the St. Louis Police Academy, is open to individuals of all races and genders, age 19 and older. Classes will be held at the Urban League, 3701 Grandel Square in St. Louis.

The program will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Courses will be taught by current and former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers, including graduates of the E.S.O.P. Pre-Academy Recruitment Program.

Since 2015, 53 participants have been hired as police recruits in training and civilian law enforcement employees by local law enforcement agencies. Of the 18 participants who graduated from the last session, eight have been hired or are in the process of being hired by local law enforcement departments.

To become a police officer in Missouri, candidates must be at least 21 years old upon graduation from the Police Academy, a U.S. citizen with a high school diploma or GED, and have a minimal criminal record.

Class size is limited. To register, call (314) 478-8140 or email at preacademy@esopstl.org.

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