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Become a Police Officer

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We are often one of the first agencies to implement new tools, tactics and best practices. If you join us, it will become clear that as an organization we take great pride in striving to be the best public servants we can be. 

What we do?

At just over 100 sworn officers, the Brooklyn Park Police Department is large enough to offer a variety of challenging assignments. All new hires start out as patrol officers. Here are just some of the career options available to our officers.

  • Awards Committee
  • Background Investigator
  • Cadet Advisor
  • Canine Officer
  • Community Oriented/Problem Oriented Policing Unit
  • Crisis Negotiation Team
  • DARE Officer
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Detective (includes a variety of investigative specialties)
  • Driving Instructor
  • Drug Task Force
  • Explorer Advisor
  • Field Training Officer (FTO)
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Honor Guard
  • Patrol Officer
  • Reserve Unit Advisor
  • Safe Streets Unit (proactive street crimes unit)
  • School Resource Officer (junior high or high school)
  • SWAT Team (entry team, negotiator, snipers)
  • Traffic Unit
  • Uniform Committee
  • Violent Offenders Task Force

Officers in training receive

  • Training in a 6-week on-boarding/academy
  • Comprehensive and professionally designed 16-week field training program using an adult learner education model
  • Experienced officers participate in shortened FTO program that recognizes your existing professional talents and abilities

Who can join?

To qualify as a police officer, you must:

  • Possess a valid driver's license with Minnesota driving privileges and a good driving record
  • Be licensed as a police officer with the Minnesota POST Board or eligible for licensing
  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Have no felony convictions

Applying to become a police officer

Peace Officer License

You must have a Minnesota peace officers license or be certified by POST as eligible to be licensed to become employed as a police officer by this or any other Minnesota law enforcement agency. You will be asked to attach a photocopy of your license, or your POST letter of eligibility to your application.

If you are unfamiliar with Minnesota's licensing system, please contact the Minnesota POST Board.

Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board
651-643-3060
Visit Minnesota POST Board's website

What if I haven't taken my POST test yet?

Law enforcement students in the last year of a POST-approved Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE) program may still be able to apply. For each hiring process, an eligibility date will be publicized in the job posting. If you are planning to take your POST test by the publicized date, you may be considered for positions still open following licensure eligibility. Be sure to mark the date you are taking the POST test on your application.

License reciprocity for out of state and military police officers

Out of state and military police officers must have received their Minnesota peace officer license by the application deadline date to be considered. For information on out of state and military police license reciprocity, contact the Minnesota POST Board.

Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board
651-643-3060
Visit Minnesota POST Board's website

 
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