The Saint Paul Police Department launched the Law Enforcement Career Path Academy to ensure that young adults who aspire to serve as peace officers have the resources they need to achieve their dreams. The path to becoming an officer is not easy. LECPA helps chart a course.

Path to Police Certification

Step 1:

Interested candidates must apply to attend three mandatory orientation training sessions to review the requirements of becoming a peace officer and undergo screening. To receive information, visit our application page and provide your contact information.

Step 2:

Top candidates are selected to participate in a ten week, entry-level skills certificate training—tuition free. This course will be offered in partnership with Century College, providing training in preparation for industry recognized credentials. Successful completion results in five college credits toward a law enforcement degree. Learn more by visiting the website of our program partner Century College.

Step 3:

Students who complete entry-level training receive assistance enrolling in a two-year, industry-recognized Professional Peace Officer Education degree program. This includes application assistance as well as support creating a financial plan for attendance. Learn more by visiting the information page for the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards.

Step 4:

Students can earn while they learn. Students who successfully enroll in a degree program are eligible to engage in a year of service as AmeriCorps members. Service members will earn a living stipend and an educational award, volunteering in the field while studying to obtain required industry skills certificates to become peace officers. 

Find out more about how you can earn and learn with AmeriCorps.

Program Eligibility

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply. Participation is aimed at adults between the ages of 18 to 24, who reside in Saint Paul or a surrounding community and come from a low-income family or face a barrier to employment.

We are committed to the inclusion of all individuals without regard to disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation or other non-merit factors.  Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.

Join the LECPA

The Saint Paul Police Department's (SPPD) Law Enforcement Career Path Academy (LECPA) is a workforce development program for young adults who are interested in earning a Law Enforcement Associates Degree, but face financial and/or other barriers to attending college and finding employment. The LECPA program provides a pathway to a career as a Saint Paul Police Officer.

Program Benefits:

  • Enrollment at Century College
  • Receive first five credits free
  • Earn a mental health/first aid certificate
  • Receive a bi-weekly stipend while attending classes and participating in the SPPD's community engagement programs
  • Available career counseling and personalized guidance from Century College
  • Mentoring from SPPD staff, with ability to do ride-alongs
  • Provide outreach to Saint Paul community
  • Be eligible to apply for a position with the SPPD after successful completion of the program

Program Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by August 1, 2021
  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Pass a thorough background check
  • Ability to participate in moderately strenuous physical exercise
  • Possess a valid Class D Driver's License
  • Must attend an information session hosted by the SPPD on one of the following dates:

                       Monday, July 12th, 1500-1900, at the Rowan Training Center

                       Saturday, July 17th, 0830-1330, at the Rowan Training Center

                       Wednesday, July 21st, 1230-1800 at the Rowan Training Center


Last Edited: August 4, 2021