Police Officer

Woodbury, MN
Woodbury Police Department

Salary: $35.02 – $46.94 Hourly.

Closing Date: 8/31/2024.

Position Summary:

Join an organization where you are supported by the community, city council, county attorney, command staff and peers! Pay scale with longevity steps noted below. Our schedule consists of 10.5 hour shifts that includes two weekends off a month, typically with 4-5 days off. Officers bid once a year with option for a different summer schedule. Our academy and internal trainings are hosted at the state-of-the-art HERO center. Our organization focuses on mental and physical wellbeing for our officers. We provide chaplain support, paid parental leave, and tuition reimbursement. Woodbury officers are afforded great training opportunities as well as a wide range of career development opportunities including canine handler (5 dog unit), investigations, full time trainers, mental health response, street crimes unit, community support team, bike patrol, Mobile Field Force, SWAT, unmanned aerial vehicle pilots, school resource officers, and other instructor assignments.

Essential Functions:

  • Works a variety of hours and must be able to detect suspicious situations or hazards from a distance, up close and under low light conditions.
  • Acts with or without direct supervision and exercises good discretion and independent judgment.
  • Develops positive relationships with the community. Works with the community to prevent crimes and resolve other public safety issues.
  • Drives department vehicles, usually alone, under routine, emergency, and pursuit circumstances, in all traffic and weather conditions, safely and in compliance with state statutes and department policy.
  • Patrols the city, primarily in a motor vehicle. This includes making frequent stops which results in exiting and re-entering the vehicle. Alternative methods of patrol include but are not limited to foot patrol and bicycle patrol. Conducts security checks of city parks and other public facilities, business buildings and private dwellings.
  • Provides first aid, guidance, general information and assistance to the public.
  • Dispatched by radio and computer to locations to perform police functions. Responds to general calls for service, crimes, fires, accidents, medicals, hazardous materials situations and natural disaster incidents and takes appropriate actions.
  • Takes necessary and appropriate safeguards to prevent exposure to infectious or other hazardous materials.
  • Conducts preliminary/initial investigations on crimes and traffic crashes. Locates and/or searches areas for victims, suspects or witnesses; interviews and records statements of victims, suspects, and witnesses; gathers and labels evidence; executes search warrants; and prepares required reports.
  • Enforces city, state and federal laws and assists any person whose safety or property is threatened. At times, must act immediately to protect the personal safety of another. Apprehends persons suspected of committing crimes. Arrests may vary from writing a citation, custodial arrest, to subduing a suspect using force as authorized by law. Must be prepared to use deadly force when justified.
  • Interacts cooperatively with other law enforcement, criminal justice and other social/community agencies.
  • Operates a variety of equipment including, but not limited to: Police vehicle, traffic radar, portable breath testing devices, computers, cameras, flashlights, portable radios, fingerprinting equipment, control devices and weapons, while carrying out the assigned police duties. Removes equipment from locations within the interior or trunk of the vehicle.
  • Uses communication skills to carry out daily police functions and to testify in court, speak to community groups or to talk to students in schools. Writes detailed reports to document activities. Answers questions from the public on the phone or in person on matters such as complaints and law interpretation. Makes referrals to proper agencies. Interviews witnesses, victims and criminal suspects.
  • Keeps abreast of current events, as well as changes in laws, department policies and the field of public safety by reading a wide variety of materials and attending training sessions.
  • Continually meets the acceptable standards of behavioral traits/positive indicators including, but not limited to: community and customer focus, respect for diversity, effective communication, officer safety, personal responsibility, intuition, divided attention, psychological resilience, problem solving and working as a team.
  • Fosters an inclusive work culture and advances the City’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
  • Maintains and fosters an environment which facilitates the Exceeding Expectations (professional, responsive, leaders) philosophy of the City.


  • Must be eligible to be licensed as a full time Police Officer in Minnesota within 6 months of application.
  • Must possess a valid and unrestricted Minnesota driver’s license (or a driver’s license from a contiguous state if not a Minnesota resident), or be able to obtain one prior to employment and must have the ability to drive.
  • Must have a satisfactory driving record.
  • Must have an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice or related field OR must have completed the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements for reciprocity or military reciprocity within 6 months of application.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice or related field from an accredited educational institution.
  • Fluent in a 2nd language.
  • Currently employed as a full time police officer with one or more years of experience and no longer a probationary employee Completion of a 10 week (or longer) field training process