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Police Officer Information
This information was last updated on January 6, 2014.

We are no longer accepting applications for Police Officer. 

The Saint Paul Police Department is respected for being a leader in Minnesota law enforcement. If you are interested in joining the men and women of the SPPD and serving a diverse community, read the following information:
Police Officer Requirements:
  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must be a United States citizen. 
  • You must have a valid Minnesota Drivers License (Class D), or equivalent out-of-state license with no suspensions or revocations on your record within the last two years, prior to appointment (parking-related offenses may be excluded).
  • You must not have any criminal convictions of gross misdemeanor or the equivalent level.  
  • You must not have any felony convictions; including pardons and/or expungements  (according to Minnesota Statute 364.09).    
  • You must not have any physical/domestic assault or eluding the police convictions.
  • You must be in good physical condition.
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation, psychological examination and a medical examination.
  • You must be Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) licensed or eligible to be licensed as a peace officer in the State of Minnesota, by the date of conditional offer for employment.
  • If you have a college degree other than Law Enforcement, you must obtain a Law Enforcement Certificate from any eligible college/university in the State of Minnesota.

Preplacement Medical Guidelines

If you are a military veteran and are not POST certified:

  • You must have served for at least five years of active service, in a Military Police capacity.
  • You must apply for reciprocity with the Minnesota POST Board before you can be considered for employment.

How do you become POST eligible?
Contact the Minnesota State POST Board:
651-643-3060   or

Police Officer Transfers (currently accepting applications)

Police Officer Salary and Benefits

Minimum starting salary (bi-weekly): $1,915.67.

1-5 years: 15 days
5-9 years: 20 days
10-14 years: 23 days
15-19 years: 25 days
20+ years: 27 days

  Ten days per year
Other Benefits

For Additional Information, visit:
The Saint Paul Police Department
Career Development

Complete Police Officer Interest Form  to be notified of future SPPD Police Officer hiring process. 

 An Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer


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