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Employment Opportunities

The Mississippi State University Police Department, a nationally accredited law enforcement agency, recognizes that recruitment of highly professional personnel is key to operate effectively. Accordingly, our department works diligently to recruit quality job applicants with diverse backgrounds and exceptional abilities. Currently, the department employs 34 sworn law enforcement officers and 27 non-sworn support personnel on the main campus with 4 more officers on the MSU Meridian campus. Mississippi State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Available positions within our department will be advertised on the Human Resource Management job opportunities website at Those interested in a position with our department should check the employment website or contact our department at 662-325-2121 or email us at

Minimum Qualifications for Police Officer Include:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must successfully pass a physical fitness assessment (CLICK HERE to see Physical Fitness Requirements)
  • Must successfully pass a written assessment
  • Must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Must successfully complete training from a State Law Enforcement Academy
  • Must successfully complete the Field Training Officer Program

Police Officer Salary Range 12: $32,500 - $43,300

Entry Level Police Officer Annual Salary as of 2023: $45,300

Minimum Qualifications for Dispatcher Include:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must successfully pass written assessment
  • Must successfully complete a certified Telecommunications Operator course within one (1) year of employment
  • Must be able to deal with stressful situations

Dispatcher Salary Range 9: $24,200 - $32,300

Entry Level Dispatcher Annual Salary as of 2023: $27,000

Notice of Recording

For your safety, Mississippi State University deploys cameras and video recordings of public spaces and buildings.