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Qualifications

Police officer position summary

The primary responsibility of this position is to preserve law and order; to protect life and property and enforce laws and ordinances in a manner consistent with the mission and goals of the Brooklyn Park Police Department and to create problem-solving relationships with the citizens using a thorough knowledge of the department’s community-oriented policing philosophy.

Brooklyn Park Police Officers must demonstrate their commitment to our core values of Service, Justice and Courage. Candidates must have a desire to provide professional and impartial service to our diverse community. Candidates must uphold the principles of justice and demonstrate courage, integrity and honor in all their actions.

View the minimum and desired qualifications of police officer candidates here (PDF).

Are you a new police officer? See what we have to offer new police officers.

Want more?  Are you currently a full-time peace officer with another agency and interested in Brooklyn Park? Check out what we have to offer lateral officers.

Police cadet position summary

The objective of the Police Cadet Program is to successfully prepare qualified candidates for future police officer positions. The Department assists the cadet by providing a school scholarship for the required educational program 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.

In return, the Cadet shares his/her exceptional diversity skills to assist the Department with communicating, resolving conflicts, and better serving a diverse group in the community. Cadets will 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.

Due to the unique nature of this position, it is limited in term and covered by a special, signed agreement. 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 the Department has an opening. If the cadet becomes unsuitable for promotion to police officer, the cadet will not be retained.

View more information on our cadet program here.

View the minimum and desired qualifications of police cadet candidates here (PDF).

Hiring process

Police officer hiring process

You can view details about the police officer hiring process here (PDF).

Police cadet hiring process

You can view details about the police cadet hiring process here (PDF).

Salary and benefits

Police officer salary:

Current hourly rates: $28.69 – $47.23
Current annual salary: $59,675.20 – $98,238.40

Lateral Officers with 1+ years of experience can expect to start between $32.33 – $38.80 per hour

Police officer benefits:

Regular, full-time employees of the City of Brooklyn Park are eligible for a range of benefits including paid time off, retirement, health insurance and more.

You can view detailed benefit information here.

Police officer retirement benefits:

  • Law enforcement officers receive pension benefits through the Police & Fire PERA pension plan
  • Effective January 1, 2019 employees contribute 11.3 percent, and employers contribute 16.95 percent
  • Effective January 1, 2020 employees will contribute 11.8 percent, and employers contribute 17.7 percent
  • Full retirement age for vested members of the Police and Fire Plan is 55.
  • For more information visit http://www.mnpera.org

Police cadet salary

Current hourly rates: $21.82 – $28.04
Anticipated starting wage is Step 1 at $21.82 per hour

Education: Brooklyn Park provides a full school scholarship to cadets for tuition, books, fees and uniforms to complete a Professional Peace Officers Education (PPOE) program and obtain the required education (i.e., two-year associate’s degree in law enforcement).

The cadet position is 20-29 hours per week and is not benefit eligible.

Diversity

Diversity in our city and our department

Brooklyn Park, a thriving northwestern suburb of Minneapolis, is the sixth largest city in the state with over 80,000 residents and 107 sworn officers who serve the community. As the 11th fastest growing city in Minnesota, the city has become even more vibrant because of our remarkable racial and cultural diversity. Fifty-four percent of residents are people of color, 22 percent are foreign-born, and more than a quarter speaks a language other than English at home.

The BPPD represents a department of over 150 skilled professionals. We welcome men and women from all backgrounds.

Careers

Your career is just beginning at BPPD! Here is a list of various career paths you can take with the Brooklyn Park Police Department:

  • Patrol officer
  • Investigator
  • Safe Streets Detective
  • Drug task force/Violent offender task force
  • D.A.R.E. officer
  • Community engagement officer
  • School resource officer
  • Training officer
  • Sergeant

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

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

POST Test

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.

Out of state & military officers

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