Text Size


Police Cadets

Do you want to be a police officer? Do you have exceptional diversity skills, knowledge, and connections to help us serve our growing and diverse community? Brooklyn Park may be able to help you start your police career.  

Cadet program hiring

The objective of the Police Cadet Program is to facilitate the entry of qualified candidates for police officer positions into the Police Department and to provide the best possible police service to our very diverse community through the recruitment of persons with exceptional diversity skills, knowledge, and connections.

Police cadets are individuals the Police Department has conditionally committed to employ as peace officers as soon as they become qualified for such a position and Department has an opening it is authorized to fill.

The Department assists the cadet in preparing for the pending police officer position by providing a full school scholarship for the required pre-service education and by a part time, uniformed, paraprofessional position to orient the cadet to the Department’s mission, policies, procedures, equipment, and methods of providing law enforcement services.

Diversity skills

The cadet shares his/her exceptional diversity skills to aid the Department in communicating, resolving conflicts and better serving a diverse group in the community. Due to the unique nature of this position, it is limited in term and covered by a special, signed agreement.

If the cadet becomes unsuitable for promotion to police officer, the cadet will not be retained. Cadets perform an assortment of paraprofessional tasks similar to Community Service Officers, Detention Officers, and other uniformed, non-sworn positions, along with job shadowing, patrol ride-alongs, police training, and other police career preparation activity.

Cadets do not have police powers until promoted to a police officer position.

What do cadets receive?

  • College Scholarship
    • Cadets receive a scholarship to obtain the college courses necessary to qualify for a peace officer position, including books, fees, uniforms and equipment. We expect cadets to attend school full-time.
  • Compensation
    • Cadets receive $20.22 per hour, plus part-time benefit package. We provide uniforms and equipment
  • Mentoring
    • Cadets have a working peace officer advisor.
  • Practice
    • Cadets have opportunities to ride along with officers and practice skills needed to graduate from school, including firearms training on the range.
  • Promotional offer
    • Cadets receive an immediate conditional promotion offer to become a police officer with the Brooklyn Park Police Department as soon as the cadet becomes eligible for police licensure, the cadet meets of all normal hiring standards for a peace officer position and the Department has an opening.

Qualifications to join the cadet program

We are particularly looking for individuals who can help us better serve our very diverse population. We give priority to candidates who have diversity skills/knowledge/connections applicable to police work in Brooklyn Park or who fluently speak, read and write a language used in Brooklyn Park in addition to English, including sign language. Translator certification is especially desired. No previous police experience is required.

Applying to become a cadet

You must complete a City of Brooklyn Park cadet application online. When openings become available the application will be posted on the employment page. We only accept applications when we have an opening.

View current job opportunities

Selection process

The selection process takes four to five months and involves a:

  • Application review
  • Written test
  • Cadet interview
  • Police interview
  • Thorough background investigation
  • Chief’s interview
  • Medical exam
  • Psychological exam
  • Drug test

Already pursuing a police officer career

If you are already licensed or eligible to be licensed as a peace officer, or you will be licensed soon, check out our police officer hiring information. You are overqualified for a cadet position.

If you are already attending a Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE) program authorized by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Board, you may apply for the cadet program if you have at least two semesters of the PPOE left to complete. The college scholarship only pays for courses taken after you become a cadet.

Contact us

Police Department - North Precinct

5400 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to the Police Department North Precinct


Open everyday, 24 hours

Dial 911 for police response

Phone and email

763-493-8222 (general questions)
Contact Police Staff

Police Department - South Precinct

7608 Brooklyn Blvd.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to the Police Department South Precinct


Open seven days a week, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dial 911 for police response

Phone and email

763-493-8200 (general questions)
Contact Police Staff


close (X)