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***IMPORTANT*** The information below may have changed, therefore visit the official webpage of the agency you are interested in working for.
Assuming that you meet certain minimum selection standards, the procedure you have to follow to become a police officer in Minnesota is to complete a two- or four-year Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice degree through a Professional Peace Officer Education program.
You must apply for and pass the Peace Officer Licensing Exam or the Reciprocity Licensing Examination to become eligible to be licensed and be hired by a law enforcement agency. You can find more details about the degree program at the bottom of this article.
The minimum standards have been established by the Minnesota Board of Police Officer Standards (POST) https://dps.mn.gov/entity/post/Pages/default.aspx. They require candidates to be U.S. citizens at least 21 years old and possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license.
A thorough background investigation will be conducted, including searches by local, state and federal agencies, for any criminal record that would be a disqualifying factor. One of these is a requirement that the applicant not be required to register as a predatory offender under Minnesota law.
Also, candidates will be disqualified if they have been convicted of a felony. As part of the application process fingerprints will be taken to be used in the criminal and background investigation, utilizing the files of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Applicants will also have to undergo a medical examination to assure they are free from physical conditions that will adversely affect performance of law enforcement duties.
A psychological examination also will be performed for the same purpose, and finally applicants will under go physical strength and agility testing to demonstrate they will be physically capable of carrying out the duties of a law enforcement officer. Although these are minimum standards set by the state, local jurisdictions are may require more rigid standards as part of their hiring process.
The two- or four-year degree programs offered by colleges and universities certified by POST focus on five broad categories. Practical Applications and Techniques; The Criminal Justice System; Community Policing; Victims and Victims Rights; and Leading, Managing and Communicating.
The first category contains the various elements of policing such as the use of force, firearms training, traffic enforcement and crash investigation, evidence collection and controlled substances and narcotics, to name a few course areas.
The Criminal Justice System element deals with constitutional and criminal Law, the Minnesota Criminal Code, juvenile law, civil liability and process and civil law. Community Policing deals with diversity and bias motivated crime.
The segment on Victims and Victim’s Rights includes courses on domestic family abuse and assault, child abuse, vulnerable adult investigations, response to crime victims and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns for peace officers.
The last course of study in order to be eligible for licensing as a police officer in Minnesota deals with leadership, ethics, critical thinking, human behavior communications, report writing, courtroom testimony, media relations, stress and conflict management and computers.
According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of Minnesota makes between $54,500 – $60,270 per year. However the data collected by BLS isn’t as accurate as originally thought. You see, BLS does not take into account overtime pay or off duty work of a police officer. These two factors, if included in the data, would increase the average salary of a police officer in MN.
There are several law enforcement job openings in Minnesota. Simply visit our Career Job Opening or go to the official website of the agency you are interested in to complete an application of employment.
The Minnesota State Patrol is comprised of 11 patrol districts located in Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Oakdale, Golden Valley, St. Cloud, Duluth, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Eveleth, and Thief River Falls. Each District is divided into geographic work areas referred to as “stations”. There are a total of 61 stations throughout the state. The State Patrol has 730 total personnel, of which 511 are uniformed and 219 are civilian.
The Minnesota State Patrol serves current and future roadway users and assists other law enforcement agencies. Additional customers include dignitaries, state government, and other service organizations. Services provided by the Minnesota State Patrol on a uniform statewide level include:
ENJOY THE CHALLENGE OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER AS A MEMBER OF THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL
The proud tradition of protecting and assisting the millions of citizens traveling the state’s 12,200 miles of trunk highways and interstate freeways began in 1930.
Thirty-five men graduated from the first trooper candidate school which was housed on Patrol Chief Earle Brown’s farm in Brooklyn Center.
The sophisticated, high quality equipment utilized by today’s Patrol is drastically different from the equipment used by the first troopers. During the 1930’s and 40’s a trooper’s “normal” duties meant driving motorcycles in the summer and squad cars in the winter. Minnesota winters proved a real hardship because the cars lacked built-in heaters. Some troopers improvised by filling 10-gallon cream cans with hot water at local creameries and would occasionally stop along their patrol routes to “recharge” the cream can heaters.
Paychecks didn’t reflect the number of hours worked either. The first 35 patrol graduates earned $120 a month, worked a grueling schedule of 10- to 12-hour days, seven days a week, and had only one day off a month. In spite of the long hours, little pay, and an uncertain future, which faced the fledgling Patrol, there were always people waiting to join,
The attraction of Patrol work continues to hold true today, and its ranks now include both make and female troopers. These expertly trained, high caliber individuals are responsible for making the Minnesota State Patrol one of the most modern law enforcement organizations in the nation.
The men and women of today’s Patrol are trained law enforcement professionals. When you are accepted as a trooper candidate, you’ll begin a 15-week instruction course given at the training center located in Shoreview, just north of the Twin Cities. An while you’re learning about this exciting career, you’ll already be earning a salary. Besides your salary, your room and board will be provided during this time.
Your training as a trooper will include the skills you will need to assist and protect motorists in their travels throughout the state including the enforcement of motor vehicle traffic laws. Troopers handle a wide variety of responsibilities, and when you are assigned to duty in one of the Patrol’s 11 statewide districts, you can be involved in:
You will also receive training in many additional subjects such as criminal and traffic law, public relations, defensive tactics, communication skills and other vital areas which will allow you to perform your job with the highest efficiency.
The State Patrol provides continuing education for all troopers on an annual basis.
As a trooper, you will be provided with complete equipment including weapons, a patrol squad car, and uniforms for all seasons.
The Patrol’s continuous learning environment offers your more than compensation-it’s an opportunity to develop professional leadership skills and lifetime friendships.
The Patrol is looking for certain qualities in the individuals interested in becoming state troopers. Qualities like pride, motivation, and a desire to serve in a demanding and challenging profession. One of the reasons that the Minnesota State Patrol has been able to main its high level of achievement and provide quality service to the people of our state is that competition for the position of state trooper is very high.
meet one of the following by the start of the academy:
possess a valid Minnesota Peace Officer’s License OR successfully complete academic instructions and skills training in a law enforcement curriculum certified by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board and pass P.O.S.T. Board academic and skill licensing examinations and the required first aid course for full-time peace officers; OR complete basic police training and be certified as a full-time peace officer in a state or with a federal law enforcement agency with which Minnesota has a reciprocity and pass the P.O.S.T. Board reciprocity examination.
Further information regarding such standards may be obtained from:
Those who receive a qualifying score on the written examination may be called for an oral interview. Those receiving a qualifying score on the oral interview must successfully complete a background investigation, medical & psychological examinations.
If you are selected as a candidate for the trooper candidate school you will be advised when the school will start. Upon successful completion of the training school you will be eligible for appointment as a state trooper.
STEP 1: PROFESSIONAL PEACE OFFICER EDUCATION (PPOE)
The coordinator can explain more about the program at that school and whether or not any previous course work may be applied toward their program.
Participation Requirements for Admissions to a PPOE Program (Minnesota Rules 6700.0300 subp.5)
No student may admitted to a professional Peace Officer education program who:
Minimum Selection Standards for Hiring a Person Eligible for Licensing by Law Enforcement Agencies (Minnesota Rules 6700.0700)
Applicants should also be aware of the Minimum Selection Standards for hiring a person eligible for licensing by law enforcement agencies. The following is a summary of those standards as set forth in Minnesota Rules 6700.0700.
The applicant must:
STEP 2: PEACE OFFICER LICENSING EXAMINATION
After successfully completing the degree program, or the certificate program, students must pass the Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Examination.
“Violations of the following standards,” according to Minnesota Rules 6700.06001,” shall be grounds to deny an applicant to take an examination or to deny eligibility for a license.”
The standards are summarized as follows:
STEP 3: ELIGIBILITY FOR LICENSURE
Students who have successfully completed the required PPOE and passed the Peace Officer Licensing Examination are termed “eligible to be licensed.” However, completing the education requirements and passing the licensing examination does not result in licensure. Individuals who are “eligible to be licensed” are not licensed until they are hired by a law enforcement agency and can satisfy the minimum selection standards listed earlier. In their hiring process a law enforcement agency may apply its own additional standards. The hiring agency also determines the physical standards its own personnel must meet.
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