- Must be POST licensed
- Experienced full-time officers who are within one year of employment as a full-time police officer
- Must be a US Citizen
- Must possess a High School Diploma, the equivalent, or a G.E.D. Further education beyond High School is preferred
- Current, valid, Minnesota Driver’s License
- Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment
- Must never have been convicted of a felony
Becoming a lateral police officer
The 2023 wage range is $33.97 – $47.50/hour. The City of St. Cloud has a competitive benefits package, which is highlighted by free health insurance for singles and low monthly premiums for family insurance (10% employee paid, $214.08/month in 2023). Applicants must be POST licensed. Police Officers begin accruing 96 hours of vacation their first year of employment. Candidates possessing previous experience will have a starting salary determined by years of service and civil service board rules.
The St. Cloud Police Department consists of 122 highly trained and skilled officers who have a long
tradition of supplying high quality service to the community. The police department is known for its
commitment to community engagement efforts and benefits from having a strong positive relationship
with the community we serve. The police department has numerous career opportunities to include:
- Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU)
- Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF)
- Community Response Team (COP
- School Resource
- K9 Unit
- Drone Pilot
- Crime Scene Technician
- Co-Responder Unit
- Community Crime Impact Team (CCIT)
- Human Trafficking Task Force
- Auto Theft Investigator
Come to a department that cares about YOU! We are known to have a heavy emphasis on officer wellness, which is seen in the following initiatives:
- Peer Support for Employees
- Critical Incident Debriefing for Employees and their Spouses
- State of the Art Fitness Center
- Indoor Pickleball Court open 24/7 for Employees
- Heart Scan/Calcium Score for Employees
Must be a licensed MN Peace Officer or eligible to be licensed by the State of Minnesota pursuant to MN Statute 626.84-626.885 and 4 Minnesota Code of Agency Rules (MCAR) 13.001-13.020. Eligible to be licensed is defined as having completed the academic and skills training required by State Statutes.
Every licensed peace officer is required by 4 MCAR 13.008 to complete forty-eight (48) hours of Board-approved education during each three-year licensing period; Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Minnesota driver’s license; Must never have been convicted of a felony.
Ability to read, write, hear, and speak English in order to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; make effective use of radio communications and transmittals; read, understand, and uniformly enforce laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations; communicate effectively orally and in writing; report occurrences and issue tickets; Ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others; must have better than average practical judgement in order to deal with unexpected, potentially dangerous or life-threatening situations in the course of an assigned shift; to make appropriate decisions regarding the use of reasonable and/or deadly force; Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action; must be able to operate independently and be aware of surroundings at all times to recognize possible danger to self or others; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental personnel and to work with citizens from varied ethnic, racial, or economic backgrounds; must demonstrate honesty and integrity in personal behavior and attitudes; Ability to learn to drive passenger vehicles safely and skillfully in a variety of weather and traffic conditions; Ability to develop skill in the use and care of firearms; Ability to observe and remember details; Must be able to follow orders without resistance and with full intention to comply effectively; Must be capable of tolerating long and stressful hours of duty that may include rotating shifts; Must be free of substance abuse tendencies (both legal and illegal) in order to maintain effective job performance; Must demonstrate a level of social maturity and self-assurance sufficient to carry out tedious, unpleasant, or repetitious tasks as required; Must be free of conditions that would endanger self or others in the carrying out of duties; Must successfully complete an examination by a licensed psychologist to determine whether there may exist a mental, personality, or attitudinal condition that is incompatible with police work; Must successfully complete a physical examination by a licensed physician to determine that the applicant can meet the physical demands related to the job as well as human performance testing such as aerobic fitness and body composition. The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to handle objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, jump, roll; and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration. Employee must have sufficient ability and motor skills to perform law enforcement duties such as to run, fight, swim and shoot, as well as the ability to move or carry necessary equipment and/or persons.