The City of Saint Paul is a vibrant global community, with residents representing over 70 countries of origin and languages spoken. Community Liaison Officers (CLO) serve as critical partners to sworn officers, providing the Saint Paul Police assistance with translation, interpretation and information gathering. Interactions with the community are varied and range from support during neighborhood events to assisting with criminal investigations and communicating with victims of crimes. Put your cultural and linguistic skills to work protecting the safety of your community by becoming a Community Liaison Officer.

CLOs must be bilingual and fluent (speaking, reading and writing) in a secondary language. As an entry level position, SPPD requires that CLOs are simultaneously enrolled in a law enforcement degree program from a POST recognized accredited university or training center. As a CLO, you will have four (4) years from the date of hire to complete a two or four-year degree, and the MN P.O.S.T. Skills Course. Once these required elements are completed, you will be eligible to apply to take the next scheduled Police Officer exam for the department.


For more information on the salary schedule and the day to day functions of the Community Liaison Officer, you can find a full job description by visiting the City’s Human Resources page. A brief summary of benefits includes:

  • A competitive edge for application to become an officer; with promotional rights to the regular police academy.
  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive city benefits packet including health care, vacation, and retirement
  • Flexible scheduling to accommodate school schedules
  • Access to City’s tuition reimbursement program to help cover educational costs

Last Edited: December 20, 2022