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Become a Police Officer

Brooklyn Park Police Officer Jeremiah CarlsonWe 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

  • 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
  • Specialized assignments at the patrol officer level intended to provide opportunities for professional development

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 a GED or high school diploma
  • Have no felony convictions

Applying to become a police officer

  1. Application
  1. Application Review
  • We review if you have met the minimum requirements for employment as a police officer. We assess your work history, traffic record, criminal record and veteran. We also consider how thorough the application was completed

     3. Physical Fitness Test

  • Participate in a physical agility and fitness test administered by police staff and other professionals. Officers will be provided an outline of the test at the written exam. Officers passing this test will be invited to participate in the next step

      4. Written Test

  • Participate in a comprehensive written test administered at the police department. Applicants passing this phase are invited to the next step.
  1. Interview
  2. Background Investigation
  • Applicants who successfully move through the process will be required to complete a background information packet. The background investigation is comprehensive and very thorough. Occasionally, some applicants do not realize or attempt to conceal events in their past that disqualify them from consideration. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to contact the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) board for a comprehensive list of disqualifiers. In compliance with state law, the Brooklyn Park Police Department reserves the right to apply standards relating to conduct that is more restrictive than those identified by the Minnesota POST Board.
  1. Chief’s Interview
  • The top finalists passing the background check will be invited to interviews with the Chief of Police.
  1. Conditional Offer
  • If a conditional job offer is made, the finalist must pass a medical/physical exam, a psychological exam and a drug test before the conditional offer is finalized and a date of employment is set.

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
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
Visit Minnesota POST Board's website

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