Police Officer (Lateral)

Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Police Department

Salary: $35.58 – $44.32 Hourly.

Position Summary:

The Minneapolis Police Department is looking for experienced Police Officer candidates – people who have a strong sense and commitment for public service, outstanding character, sound judgment, excellent work ethic, effective oral and written communication skills, interpersonal tact, empathy, and compassion.

This is a full-time position and requires variable work shifts, including weekends and holidays.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol assigned area to enforce laws, detect and prevent crime and protect life and property.
  • Apprehend and arrest law violators (including probable cause arrests), prepare written reports of crimes and assist in the prosecution of violators.
  • Draft and execute arrest warrants and make probable cause arrests.
  • Establish probable cause, draft, prepare and execute search warrants.
  • Conduct follow up investigations for criminal prosecution of criminal and traffic complaints.
  • Enforce traffic laws conducting traffic, marking and tagging vehicles, making written reports of accidents and investigating and reconstructing serious or fatal traffic accidents.
  • Collect, evaluate, investigate, protect and preserve evidence at crime or accident scenes.
  • Conduct surveillance of suspected criminal activity and provide undercover operations to identify and apprehend suspects.
  • Interview and/or interrogate witnesses, victims and suspects and draft formal statements for presentation in court, including testifying in court on criminal and civil matters.
  • Record and investigate complaints from citizens, including those on the conduct and actions of officers.
  • Respond to residential and business alarms for intrusion, robbery or other emergencies.
  • Protect the rights and safety of all individuals, including political figures and dignitaries.
  • Recover and assume preliminary custody of lost, stolen or abandoned property.
  • Conduct follow-up investigations for criminal prosecution on traffic and criminal complaints.
  • Function as a Field Training Officer (FTO) supplementing academy instruction through field experience and serving as a final step in the officer selection process. Evaluate recruits on a daily basis and share information with supervisors.
  • Operate various computer terminals to enter and retrieve essential information.


  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Previous Law Enforcement Experience (1 year preferred). Department reserves the right to determine the nature and extent of training necessary for a candidate to be considered for the Police Officer position.
  • Must not have a felony conviction.
  • Must successfully pass the MPD background investigation. Current Minnesota POST Board Certification.
  • Candidates must be deemed medically and psychologically fit and successfully pass a drug and alcohol screening prior to hire.