Community Service Officer candidates sought
Do you know someone who would like to become a police officer? If so, be sure to let that person know that the City is recruiting Community Service Officers (CSOs). Serving as a CSO is a great opportunity for high school seniors, veterans and others to set out on a path to becoming a police officer.
CSOs work at least 20 hours a week in the Minneapolis Police Department while enrolled as a full-time student in an approved, two-year Law Enforcement Program. The City pays for all college tuition and books. CSOs earn between $15 and $18 per hour. Full-time CSOs work 40 hours per week after completing the Skills Program.
CSOs assist patrol officers in non-enforcement activities, respond to citizen requests for service, report criminal activities, teach crime prevention techniques to residents and help with traffic and crowd control.
If a CSO succeeds in the academic program, fitness training, and job performance, he or she may be eligible for promotion to full-time police officer.
To be considered, applicants must:
- Be at least 18 years old by date of hire.
- Have a high school diploma or GED and be eligible for enrollment as a student in a Law Enforcement Training Program.
- Have a valid driver’s license.
- Be a U.S. citizen by time of promotion to police officer
- Be able to pass a thorough background investigation.
- Have vision no poorer than 20/100 in either eye without correction; but correctable to 20/40 in both eyes. Must be able to distinguish the colors red, yellow and green.
- Meet standard hearing average threshold, without correction, or no worse than a 40-decible loss on the average at 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000 Hertz frequencies in the better ear.
- Pass a medical/psychological examination, including a drug screening.
- Pass a physical agility exam.
- Not have taken and passed the MN Board of POST Licensing exam.
How to apply
Applications are due no later than May 3. To learn more, visit the Minneapolis Police Department’s website.
Published Apr. 24, 2013