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Police Officer

The Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) promotes safe and healthy neighborhoods in Minnesota's capital city. The department employs approximately 800 people, including 620 sworn officers who respond to nearly 300,000 calls for service and investigate about 13,000 Part I crimes each year. The Saint Paul Police Department takes pride in the more than 60 specialized units we have to offer our members. You will have the opportunity to apply for a variety of assignments to enhance your career, work on specialized skills, and advance your education.

This position performs community engagement work involving the safety and protection of the community. Builds trust and nurtures legitimacy between the police and the community. Works to preserve peace, regulate traffic, patrol assigned areas, provide emergency services, and monitor, prevent, and control neighborhood crime. Initiates and participates in community engagement activities to foster positive community relationships. Maintains knowledge of the city, and is invested in and respects Saint Paul's residents, neighborhoods, and cultures. Demonstrates empathy, accountability, and transparency to deliver trusted service with respect. Attends City meetings and consults with leaders in both business and residential communities. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
The ideal candidate for the position of Police Officer possesses the following values and abilities:
  • Demonstrates integrity at all times
  • Communicates well with others and displays empathy and compassion
  • Demonstrates self-control at all times, including during intense and chaotic situations
  • Serves all citizens, victims, and suspects with trusted service with respect
  • Possesses a historical, cultural, and social connection to Saint Paul and its neighborhoods
  • Supports and practices community engagement to create and establish better relationships between law enforcement and citizens
  • Solves problems and makes split second decisions both as an individual and as a team
  • Maintains physical fitness
  • Works in all climates to include: hot, humid temperatures in the summer, and cold, below freezing temperatures in the winter

The City of Saint Paul offers an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement contributions and paid time off. 

The City of Saint Paul's mission is to integrate equity and inclusion into how we approach all our work. Our vision is to be committed to building an equitable and inclusive city that will shift culture in city processes and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity to every person in Saint Paul.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and be licensed or eligible for licensure as a Peace Officer in the State of Minnesota.

NOTE: If you are unsure about your eligibility for licensure as a Peace Officer in the State of Minnesota, we encourage you visit the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) here for more information. Upon application, we will contact you if we need additional information regarding your eligibility for licensure.

Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class D Driver's License, or equivalent out-of-state driver's license.

Must be a United States citizen with no felony convictions; including pardons and/or expungements, no criminal convictions of gross misdemeanor or equivalent level, no physical assault, domestic assault, or eluding the police convictions.