Police Officer

Detroit Lakes, MN
Detroit Lakes Police Department

Salary: $68,910 – $90,188.

Position Summary:

The Police Officer performs police patrol, investigation, traffic regulation, and related law enforcement activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs security patrols, traffic control, investigation and arrest of persons involved in crimes or misconduct.
  • Works independently during assigned shift using judgment to determine course of action to handle difficult and emergency situations.
  • Maintains normal availability by radio or telephone for consultation on emergencies or precedent.
  • Carries out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County, and City laws and ordinances;
  • Patrols City streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to preserve the peace and enforce the law, control vehicular traffic, prevent or detect and investigate misconduct involving misdemeanors, felonies and other law violations and to otherwise serve and protect.
  • Responds to radio calls and investigates accidents, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, drunkenness, missing children, prowlers, abuse of drugs, etc. Takes appropriate law enforcement action.
  • Interrogates suspects, witnesses and drivers. Preserves evidence. Arrests violators. Investigates and renders assistance at scene of vehicular accidents. Summons ambulances and other law enforcement vehicles. Takes measurements and draws diagrams of scene.
  • Conducts follow-up investigations of crimes committed during assigned shift. Seeks out and questions victim, witnesses and suspects. Develops leads and tips. Searches scene of crimes for clues. Analyzes and evaluates evidence and arrests offenders. Prepares cases and testifies in court proceedings.
  • Prepares a variety of reports and records including CFS reports, reports of investigation, field interrogation report, alcohol reports, influence reports, breathalyzer check list, bad check form, vehicle impoundment form, traffic hazard report, etc.
  • Undertakes community-oriented police work, and assists citizens with such matters as locked or stalled vehicles, crime prevention, drug abuse resistance education (DARE), traffic safety, etc.
  • Provides police officer service to Detroit Lakes School District overseeing more than 2,200 students.
  • Investigates narcotic distribution related activities.
  • Coordinates activities with other officers or other City departments as needed, exchanges information with officers in other law enforcement agencies, and obtains advice from the City Attorney’s office regarding cases, policies and procedures, as needed and assigned.
  • Maintains contact with police supervisory personnel to coordinate investigation activities, provide mutual assistance during emergency situations and provides general information about Department activities.
  • Serves special assignment roles that include School Resource Officer, Drug Task Force, and Investigator.
  • Maintains departmental equipment, supplies and facilities.
  • Maintains contact with general public, court officials, and other City officials in the performance of police activities.
  • Serves as a member of various employee committees.
  • Maintains professional knowledge and attends training, education and meetings.


  • Applicants must be licensed or eligible to be licensed by the Minnesota POST Board prior to appointment.