Police Officer Information

This information was last updated on March 31, 2020.

We are currently not accepting applications for Police Officer. Please fill out the form below or a job interest card here to be notified of the next SPPD Police Officer hiring process. 

The Saint Paul Police Department is respected for being a leader in Minnesota law enforcement. If you are interested in joining the SPPD and serving a diverse community, read the following information:

Police Officer Requirements:

  • You must be at least 21 years old by the date specified in the job announcement.
  • You must be a United States citizen.
  • You must have a valid Minnesota Driver's License (Class D), or equivalent out-of-state driver's license.
  • 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 assault, domestic assault or eluding the police convictions.
  • You must be in good physical condition.
  • You must successfully complete a Saint Paul Police Department background investigation, psychological examination and a comprehensive medical examination including drug testing.
  • 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; a list may be found here.

Preplacement Medical Guidelines

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

  • You must have served in a Military Police capacity in one of the following ways:
    • Four years of experience in a law enforcement occupational specialty
    • Two years of experience in a law enforcement occupational specialty plus a degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution
    • Experience as a full-time peace officer in another state combined with years of experience in a military law enforcement occupational totaling four years
  • 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 visit the POST website

Police Officer Transfers (currently accepting applications)

Police Officer Salary and Benefits

Minimum starting salary: $64,230.40 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:

For more information about becoming a Peace Officer in Minnesota, click this link.

To watch the Police Officer recruitment video, click this link.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Saint Paul. The City of Saint Paul is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Police Officer Interest Form 

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

Police Officer Interest Form

Personal Information
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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 Police Officer 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.