The Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) strives to create a department which reflects the demographics of our community and will soon be hiring community Engagement Cadets to become members of the Law Enforcement Career Path Academy (LECPA).  LECPA is an entry-level program for young adults who are interested in earning an associate degree but face financial and/or other barriers to attending college and finding employment.  Cadets earn an hourly pay while performing community engagement hours, setting them on a pathway to a career as a Saint Paul Police officer.

The LECPA program is made possible through a partnership between the SPPD, Century College and Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington County.

Program Benefits:

  • Enrollment at Century College
  • Receive first six credits free
  • Earn a mental health/first aid certificate
  • Start at $16.70/hr for up to 25 hours weekly participating in the SPPD's community engagement programs
  • Available career counseling and personalized guidance from Century College and Community Action Partnership
  • Mentoring from SPPD staff, with ability to do a ride-along.

Programs Requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  3. Pass a thorough background check
  4. Ability to participate in moderately strenuous physical exercise
  5. Possess a valid Class D Driver's License
  6. Attend an information session hosted by the SPPD

For more information, contact Senior Commander Jon Loretz at or 651-266-5520.

Last Edited: November 27, 2022