The Lateral Entry Program offers experienced police officers an opportunity to join a progressive, diverse, and talented police department.  Entry into the program is based on level of experience.  This is determined by your policing skills, situational experience, years of service, and talents, which are reviewed from your resume. Interested in joining our team?  We want to hear from you. 

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Move to SPPD, Create a Pathway to a Great Career:

There are few law enforcement agencies in Minnesota that can offer the breadth of experience and depth of advancement opportunities as the Saint Paul Police Department. As a member of the SPPD, you will have the opportunity to join any of the 60 specialized units and to take advantage of promotional opportunities.  Below are some of the specialized units.

A Community Outreach Program (ACOP)

Crisis Negotiator

Field Training Officer (FTO)

K-9 Unit

Firearms Instructor

Defensive Tactics Instructor

School Resource Officer (SRO)

Property Code Enforcement

Forensic Services Unit

Bike Patrol

Focusing Our Resources on Community Empowerment (FORCE)


Motors (Motorcycles)

Traffic Unit


Gang Unit

Mounted Patrol

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)

Missing Persons


Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

Family Sexual Violence Unit (FSVU)

Police Athletic League (PAL) Program

Mentoring Program

Fraud & Forgery

Internal Affairs (IA)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Community Services



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Last Edited: February 10, 2022