MPD Hiring Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum requirements for police applicants?

For Police Recruit, the entry level position for the Minneapolis Police Department; applicants must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, and possess or be eligible to obtain a Minnesota driver's license.

Applicants must also not have any felony convictions and pass a thorough background check. Job announcements will list all minimum requirements.

Where do I get an application?

Interested applicants can obtain information from our Human Resources Department. Applications are distributed once a job opening is announced. Applicants may also apply online when the job they are seeking is open. For additional information, please contact [email protected] .

What will disqualify an applicant during a background check?

Any felony convictions as a juvenile or an adult will disqualify you. In addition, there are numerous misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor convictions that will disqualify an applicant. Please see Minnesota POST License Requirements and rejection criteria.

If I have a background check done with another agency, will Minneapolis Police Department still do a background check?

Yes. The MPD Backgrounds Unit will conduct a thorough background investigation on every applicant. Background checks from other agencies may be obtained and used in the MPD background process.

Will I be paid more money if I have a four-year degree?

No, but having a 4-year degree or a Masters degree may help when seeking a promotion or specialized assignment within the department.

How long will it be before I can work a specialized assignment?

It depends on the specialized assignment. Some assignments require two years of patrol experience, while other special assignments require more years of patrol experience. 

What shifts do officers work?

Officers work mainly 10 hour shifts while on patrol assignment.

How are police officer work schedules and assignments determined?

Assignments to precincts are determined at the end of an officer's training and are based on department staffing needs. An officer's shift assignment, within a patrol precinct, is determined and based upon the officer's seniority rank.

An officer's days off request is made at the beginning of each 28-day scheduling period. The officer chooses his or her own days off to be reviewed by a supervisor. As long as all days off requests coincide with shift staffing requirements, an officer's original days off request is approved.

Does the Police Department pay for all uniforms and equipment?

MPD Officers are entitled to reimbursement for the purchase price of uniforms and equipment as determined by contract negotiations.

How long does the hiring process take?

The hiring process can take up to 6 to 12 months.

Will the hiring process be shorter for applicants with previous law enforcement or military experience?

Generally no, previous experience may help an applicant be more competitive in the process, but it will not shorten the process.

Does Minneapolis have a residency requirement?

The Minneapolis Police Department does not require officers to live within the city limits.

What area does the Minneapolis Police Department patrol?

The Minneapolis city limits are approximately 58 square miles. Learn more about police precincts.

How long do I have to be a police officer before I can take a Sergeant's Exam?

Police officers must have a minimum of 5 years of continuous service, as a permanent employee, with the Minneapolis Police Department to be eligible to take the Sergeant's exam. The 5 years of continuous service may include time served as a Minneapolis Police Cadet immediately prior to being classified as a police officer. Police officers must have at least 18 months assigned to uniformed patrol for after recruit school (which can include the Field Training Officers Program.)


Last updated Feb 11, 2019



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