Community Service Officer

Basic CSO Information

A Community Service Officer (CSO) works approximately 20-30 hours per week in the Minneapolis Police Department for up to three years while enrolled as a student in an approved, two-year law enforcement program and/or working toward completion of MN Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) licensing requirements.

CSO's assist the police department and community to improve communications, understanding and cooperation between MPD employees and Minneapolis's diverse communities. 

The CSO is a civilian position with the possibility of promotion to a full time police officer position.


 Job Duties and Responsibilities:


Required Qualifications:




State Requirements:


Fitness Qualifications:




Terms and conditions 

Selection Process and Dates:

Initial evaluation step

Any one or any combination of:

Applications and resumes are screened for completeness and requirements. The City of Minneapolis reserves the right to select and limit the number of candidates at any point in the exam process, based on a review of application materials.

Fitness exam step

Fitness exam  standards

Vertical Jump (13 inches)

300 Meter Run (82 Seconds)

Bench Press (102 lbs. Or 60% of your body weight) OR Push Ups (20)

Sit Ups (25)

1.5 Mile Run (15 Minutes 44 Seconds)

Background investigation step

Oral examination step

Eligible list

Candidates unable to complete any portion of this process will not be eligible to move forward in the hiring process.

Approved Schools for CSO Loan Agreement:

Century College
3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Program Contact:  John Adie
Phone:  651-748-5333
Program Contact Business Office
Phone: 651-748-3981
Phone/Main:  651-779-3200

Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Program Contact Business Office
Phone:  763-488-2517

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Program Contact Business Office
Phone:  612-659-6888

Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. South
Bloomington, MN 55431
Program Contact:  Jennifer Hetzer
Phone: 952-358-8225
Phone/Main:  952-358-8261       

North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Ave. North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Program Contact: Janet Simenson
Phone:  763-493-0566

Rasmussen Community College
4400 West 78th Street, 6th Floor
Bloomington, MN 55435
Phone: 952-545-2000

Last updated Mar 28, 2019



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