Police Officer Information

This information was last updated on January 13, 2016.

We are currently 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:
651-643-3060imageimageimageimage or https://dps.mn.gov/entity/post

Police Officer Transfers (currently accepting applications)

Police Officer Salary and Benefits

Minimum starting salary: $52,998.40 annually


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

Holidays: Ten days per year
Other Benefits

For Additional Information, visit:

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

An Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer

Police Officer Interest Form

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Tennessen Warning (Data Practices Advisory: MN Statute 13.04, Subd. 2)

Some or all of the information that you are asked to provide is classified by MN State Law as either private or confidential. Our purpose and intended use of this information is to communicate with you as a potential applicant for the fire fighter testing process. If you do not provide this information, we will not be able to contact you. This information will be used by City of Saint Paul staff. In addition, information that is not classified as private or confidential data under Minnesota Law may be available to individuals who request this public data.

Thank you.

You will receive an email notification when we begin accepting applications for the next Police Officer hiring process. If you do not include a valid email address, you will not be notified.

The most up-to-date information will be placed on our Police Officer Information Page.