Police Officer Requirements – Minnesota
Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission
MINIMUM SELECTION STANDARDS.
A person eligible to be licensed shall meet the following minimum selection standards before being appointed to the position of peace officer. The appointing authority may affirm that the applicant has already completed certain of these standards, but the affirmation must be documented pursuant to subpart 2.
- The applicant shall be a citizen of the United States.
- The applicant shall possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license; or in case of residency therein, a valid driver’s license from another state; or eligibility to obtain either license.
- The applicant shall complete a comprehensive written application.
- The applicant shall submit to a thorough background search, including searches by local, state, and federal agencies, to disclose the existence of any criminal record or conduct which would adversely affect the performance by the applicant of peace officer duties.
- The applicant must not be required to register as a predatory offender under Minnesota Statutes, section 243.166 or 243.167.
- No applicant may be appointed to the position of peace officer who has been convicted:
- of a felony in this state or in any other state or federal jurisdiction;
- of any offense in any other state or federal jurisdiction which would have been a felony if committed in Minnesota;
- under Minnesota Statutes, section 609.224, 609.2242, 609.231, 609.2325, 609.233,
609.2335, 609.234, 609.324, 609.465, 609.466, 609.52, or 609.72, subdivision 3; or convicted under any state or federal narcotics or controlled substance law irrespective of any proceeding under Minnesota Statutes, section 152.18, or any similar law of another state or federal law; or
- of any of the crimes listed in this item in another state or federal jurisdiction, or under a local ordinance that would be a conviction if committed in Minnesota.
- The applicant shall be fingerprinted for the purpose of disclosure of any felony convictions. Fingerprint cards shall be forwarded to the appropriate divisions of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The chief law enforcement officer shall immediately notify the board if a previous felony conviction is discovered.
- A licensed physician or surgeon shall make a thorough medical examination of the applicant to determine that the applicant is free from any physical condition which might adversely affect the performance of peace officer duties.
- An evaluation, including an oral interview, shall be made by a licensed psychologist to determine that the applicant is free from any emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the performance of peace officer duties.
- The applicant shall pass a job-related examination of the applicant’s physical strength and agility to demonstrate the possession of physical skills necessary to the accomplishment of the duties and functions of a peace officer.
- The applicant shall successfully complete an oral examination conducted by or for the agency to demonstrate the possession of communication skills necessary to the accomplishment of the duties and functions of a peace officer.
The chief law enforcement officer shall maintain documentation necessary to show completion of subpart 1. The chief law enforcement officer is not required to obtain documentation for subpart 1, item J, if the applicant completed part 6700.0500, subpart 3. The documentation is subject to periodic review by the board, and shall be made available to the board at its request.
More rigid standards.
An appointing authority may require an applicant to meet more rigid standards than those prescribed in this part.
Meeting Police Officer Requirements in Minneapolis
Becoming a police officer in Minneapolis requires you to meet the basic standards set by the Minneapolis Police Department as well as the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. This latter agency is responsible for certifying law enforcement officers across the state of Minnesota.
Age At least 21 years old
Citizenship U.S. citizen
Education High School Diploma or G.E.D
- Possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license
- Complete a comprehensive written application
- Submit to a thorough background search
- Not registered as a predatory offender
- No felony convictions / criminal offenses / narcotics or controlled substance law violations
- Comply w/ fingerprinted requirements
- Undergo a thorough medical examination
- free from any emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the performance of peace officer duties
- Pass a job-related examination of the applicant’s physical strength and agility
- Successfully complete an oral examination
- Pass the POST Licensing Exam / POST Reciprocity Licensing Exam.