Police Officer

Mankato, MN
City of Mankato Public Safety

$32.50 – $43.28 Hourly

The City of Mankato Public Safety is actively recruiting police officer candidates with strong critical thinking skills, effective communication, and a proven dedication to community policing. We welcome both entry-level and experienced lateral entry candidates.

Under the direction of a Public Safety Commander or Police Sergeant, police officers perform duties in assigned areas of the Police Division and do related work as assigned within the Mankato Department of Public Safety Police Service utilizing the community policing philosophy. Police officers work to form partnerships with the community and other service providers, perform problem solving based on community identified issues, and perform community outreach to a diverse citizen constituency.


  • Performs all duties assigned in connection with the operation of the Police Division.
  • Actively supports, demonstrates understanding of, and participates in the Department of Public Safety Community Governance Philosophy.
  • Searches for and preserves evidence.
  • Investigates and interviews victims, witnesses, and potential suspects.
  • Apprehends those suspected of crimes or misdemeanors.
  • Patrols residential and business areas to identify unlawful conduct, whether criminal or non-criminal, to identify hazards to life or property, whether public or private, and to maintain a visible presence.


  • Must possess an Associate Degree in Police Science, Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice from an accredited university, college, or vocational technical institute in a program requiring actual classroom instruction and training (excluding programs exclusively by correspondence), or such other education as may be considered equivalent.
  • Must be licensed by the Minnesota P.O.S.T. Board (Police Officers Standards and Training), or be eligible to be licensed (both academic and skills training completed) by the Minnesota P.O.S.T. Board.


  • Bachelors Degree in Police Science, Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice.
  • Experience of at least three (3) years working as a full-time patrol officer for a department with a minimum of five (5) full-time officers in a community of at least 4,000 in population utilizing the community policing philosophy.
  • Fluency in understanding, reading, speaking, and writing in a language other than English.