Law Enforcement Careers in Minnesota

Minnesota police training is certified by the state’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) agency. Law enforcement careers in Minnesota are available at the state level as a trooper, and also at the county and city levels as either a sheriff’s deputy or police officer.

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Jobs with the Minnesota State Patrol

Minnesota State Troopers came into existence in 1929 thanks to the rapidly increasing popularity of the automobile. Originally with only nine troopers, the force has grown to where it is today at over 590 state patrol units and an additional 295 supporting personnel. In addition to conducting road patrols, state troopers investigate fatality accidents and work closely with other law enforcement agencies to provide backup or coordinated responses.

Trooper candidates must have a minimum education of an associates degree from an accredited institution as recognized by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) association. Candidates with previous law enforcement or military experience should send a history of their academic and professional transcripts to a POST-accredited institution to determine transferability. Applicants must pass a POST exam and then graduate from the State Patrol Training Academy.

County Law Enforcement Jobs in Minnesota

Hennepin County: The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department participates in several outreach programs with the community and other law enforcement agencies. The sheriff recently met with residents and the chief executive of the county- the U.S. president- to discuss gun violence and the effective ways his sheriff’s department has helped the violent crime rate in Hennepin County decrease. Applicants for sheriff’s deputy may not have tattoos visible while wearing a short sleeved shirt.

Ramsey County: Established in 1849, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department is the oldest in Minnesota. State licensure by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) is required, a prerequisite of which includes completion of a two-year degree program in law enforcement or equivalent experience or training as recognized by POST.

Olmsted County: The sheriff’s department in Olmsted County is responsible for 124,277 citizens throughout the county’s 653 miles of territory. The department’s law enforcement division includes a snowmobile patrol, water patrol, narcotics and gang task force, a DARE program, and a K-9 unit. State certification by the POST board is required, which includes an associate’s degree in law enforcement or comparable experience.

Municipal Police Jobs in Minnesota

All sworn officers in city police departments must acquire Minnesota Peace Officer Standards Training (POST), a prerequisite of which is an associate’s degree in law enforcement from a POST-recognized institution or a comparable career experience as recognized by the POST board.

Minneapolis PD: The Minneapolis Police Department stretches back in history through World War Two when 117 police officers fought against the axis powers, continues further back to the time of labor unrest, the mafia, prohibition, and ultimately begins with the founding of the city in 1867. Today there are 840 officers backed up by 300 civilian employees in Minnesota’s police department.

St Paul PD: In 2011 St Paul police investigated a total of eight homicides, 6,890 cases of theft, and 3,197 cases of burglary. Police are focusing a large part of their efforts at combating crime at a young age with the goal of preventing future violent crimes. Several programs have been established to this end, which include juvenile drug testing, parent education, the targeting of youth alcohol abuse in a program called, “zap underage drinking,” and a focus on curfew and runaway issues.

Rochester PD: The Rochester Police Department has a total of 191 employees, including 132 sworn officers, all of whom are supported by an $18.9 million budget. The salary range for an entry-level officer is between $24.19-$32.80 per hour with additional benefits. The general duties of a Rochester police officer are to protect the life and property of the city’s businesses and residents.

Duluth PD: Recently in one year’s time the Duluth PD received 77,766 calls for service. In 2010 the department responded to one case of homicide, 3,480 cases of theft, and 92 cases of robbery. The Duluth Police Department is the third largest in the state.

Bloomington PD: The Bloomington Police Department is divided into the sections of patrol, support services, investigations, and special operations. Since 1858 the town of Bloomington was under a constabulary system, and it was only in 1953 that the newly incorporated village adopted a police department model for law enforcement.

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