Public Safety

Welcome to the CANTON MISSOURI POLICE DEPARTMENT. We hope you find the information at this site helpful. The Canton Police Department serves a small community in the northeast corner of the state. The police department provides law enforcement services to the citizens of Canton as well as students at Culver-Stockton College. The department operates under a community-oriented policing policy. Neighborhood Policing is a philosophy – one of a partnership between police and citizens to create (a) permanent solution(s) to problems that lead to crime.

We express these ideals for all to see as we display our motto, TO SERVE AND PROTECT WITH PROFESSIONALISM AND DIGNITY. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in the community through a commitment to excellence in the professional and courteous delivery of police services while operating under the framework of the United States Constitution.

The Canton Police Department is located within the city at 108 North 5th Street in Canton, Missouri.


Applications for employment with the Canton Police Department are accepted regularly. This is the first step of the application process and when a vacancy is open for a position, a review of applications is completed, applications are notified for interview and further hiring procedures.

Pay is dependent upon qualifications (past experience, education, military experience and training).

Candidates must be 21 years of age, have current Missouri Post class A or B certification, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, have a valid Missouri Driver’s License, and be a U.S. citizen.

Candidates will need to pass a background investigation and drug screening.

Candidates must be a graduate of the police academy and be a Missouri Post Certified/licensed police officer.  Preference in selection will be given to candidates who:

    • Have attained 30 college credit hours with a GPA of C (2.0) or higher (no law enforcement academy hours accepted)
    • OR have two years of full-time paid law enforcement experience
    • OR have two years of military tour of duty with an honorable discharge

Candidates must:

      • Pass each step of the selection process including a thorough background investigation
      • Eyesight must be correctable 20/20
      • Possess a valid driver’s license not in jeopardy of suspension or revocation

When a vacancy exists and an application is submitted the candidate must provide the following paperwork with the application:

      • Copy of Missouri Post Certified Certification
      • College transcript to verify any claimed college credit hours/GPA
      • Military Discharge Form DD214 to verify any claimed military experience/discharge

Application for employment

RECORDS AND REPORTS Our Police Clerk is responsible for filing and maintaining all reports of crimes and incidents generated by the department. The Police Clerk also distributes copies of police reports. Copies of police reports can be obtained during the following hours:

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Please contact police clerk at 573-288-4412 for more information or to request a report. There is a fee for copies of police reports.