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  • 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 never have been convicted of a felony
  • MN POST Eligible by Academy Start Date

becoming a police officer

The 2024 wage range is $34.99 – $48.93/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 or license eligible by August 15th , 2023. Police Officers begin accruing 96 hours of vacation their first year of employment. Interviews for Alexandria Technical College students will be held on campus in April, 2024.

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:

  • Patrol
  • SWAT
  • 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

This is general duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work involves the responsibility for performing routine police assignments that are received from police officers of superior rank. Work normally consists of patrol preliminary investigation, traffic regulation, criminal investigations, and investigation duties in a designated area on an assigned shift, which may be performed in cruiser cars, on foot, or on bicycle patrol. Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies. A police officer may receive special assignments which call upon specialized abilities and knowledge usually acquired through experience and training from a superior officer, who reviews work methods and results through reports, personal inspection, and discussion.

(Any one position of this class may not include all duties listed, nor do examples include all duties that may be found in positions of this class.) Patrols a designated area of the City on foot, on bicycle, or in a radio cruiser car to keep the peace and preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, and to enforce traffic and parking regulations; Answers calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, robberies, and other misdemeanors and felonies; At the scene of a crime conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses and makes arrests; testifies as a witness in court; Interviews persons with complaints and inquiries and attempts to make proper disposition or direct them to proper authorities; Conducts accident investigations providing first-aid for injured and taking safeguards to prevent further accidents; interviews principals and witnesses, taking written statements; examines vehicles and roadways observing traffic control devices and obstructions and wreckage; Checks parking meters for overtime parking violations and issues traffic tickets; directs traffic at intersections; May be assigned functions such as crime prevention, court liaison, or investigations; May be assigned as public complaint desk officer to receive in person and/or answer incoming telephone calls, dispatch cruisers, maintains radio log; accepts fees, and initiates complaint records; Performs related work as assigned.

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.


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The St. Cloud Police Department is a full-service, highly sophisticated professional agency. Through innovate leadership and dedication to providing quality services, our Department maximizes its resources to provide a high-quality work environment. We give our officers the same respect and concern that we expect them to show all citizens with whom they come into contact in the line of duty.

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