How to Become a Police Officer in Minneapolis

The 840 sworn officers and 300 civilian employees of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) are dedicated to protecting and serving the residents of this largest city in Minnesota.1 With over 400,000 living in the city and nearly four million in the metropolitan area, Minneapolis is a truly cosmopolitan midwestern city. It sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and next door to the state capital of St. Paul. The process for joining the MPD is outlined below.

Minneapolis Police Officer Requirements

To join the MPD as a cop, new recruits have to meet certain standards set by the Department. Only if these are met will a candidate be considered. These minimum qualifications include a valid driver’s license, US citizenship, vision that is correctable to 20/40, adequate hearing, and no felony convictions. New recruits must also meet the educational and testing standards set by Minnesota’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission. This means having either a two- or four-year degree in criminal justice through a POST program or a degree from any other accredited institution and a passing score on the POST licensing exam.

Candidates for positions with the MPD who can prove they have met the above requirements can apply to the Department. Those who are qualified will be invited to take the physical fitness test and to undergo a background investigation and medical and psychological screenings. From application materials and test results, qualified candidates are selected and offered employment.

For more information about how to become a cop in a typical big city, see 10 Steps to Becoming a Police Officer on our home page. If you are ready to apply, find specific application information at Minneapolis Police Department – Police Recruiting .

Janee Harteau has been the MPD’s Chief of Police since 2012 and frist joined the force in 1987. Harteau began on patrol and was promoted to sergeant and the narcotics division in 1998. She became the Inspector of the city’s first precinct in 2006. The Chief has a bachelor’s degree in police science and a graduate degree in public safety. Both were earned from St. Mary’s University.

Minneapolis Police Department Information

The Minneapolis Police Department was founded when the city was first incorporated back in 1867. Since then the population has grown from a few thousand to several hundred thousand. The MPD now employs over 1,000 people, including more than 800 officers and 300 civilians to work in the five city precincts and are focused on community-based policing.

Minneapolis Police Training Academy

The Minneapolis Police Academy is a 14- to 16-week training program during which new recruits learn about firearms, defensive driving, report writing, traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation, and ethics. All of the training is designed to integrate new recruits into the community-based policing efforts utilized Department-wide. Upon graduation from the Academy recruits become official officers, but must still complete five months of field training.

Minneapolis Police Salary and Jobs Outlook

The starting salary for an incoming law enforcement officer in the MPD is $54,504.1 Officers also receive benefits which include health and life insurance, a pension plan, vacation, sick, and holiday time, membership in a health club, longevity pay, and performance pay. In the entire Minneapolis-metropolitan area, the average salary for a cop is $64,120.2 The Department starting salary is highly competitive compared to other agencies.

The projections for new jobs in law enforcement in Minnesota suggest that there will be 2.5% growth between now and 2022 with an average of 320 new positions opening up each year.3 For more information on current RPD law enforcement positions, take a look at our jobs board page.

More Information on the Minneapolis Police Department and Crime

As part of the Department’s philosophy of community policing, the MPD has several ways that residents can get involved. The Crime Prevention Specialists on the force work with and train community members and leaders to help keep neighborhoods safe and to bring people together. The Block Club program is another way that the Department helps residents work together and with officers to create and maintain safe neighborhoods.

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MinneapolisPoliceDepartment
Twitter: @MinneapolisPD

Minneapolis Police Department
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Additional Resources

  1. Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police: https://www.mnfop.com/
  2. Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training: https://dps.mn.gov/entity/post/Pages/default.aspx

1. Minneapolis Police Department: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_33460.htm#33-0000
3. Projections Central: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm