Become recruits and laterals

Training is an important part of our hiring process.
Step 1

Apply for a job

Recruit Police Officer job applications are being accepted. This is for the Academy starting on Oct. 7, 2024. 

Lateral Police Officer job applications are now being accepted. 

Position description

See the Recruit Police Officer job posting and apply

See the Lateral Police Officer job posting and apply

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Step 2

Participate in an interview

We will invite some candidates who apply to come to a job interview.

We will make a conditional job offer to some of the candidates we interview.

You will need to pass our background check and pre-employment tests before we make a final job offer.


Step 3

Complete background checks and pre-employment tests

If you accept a conditional job offer, you are required to complete:

  • A background check
  • Pre-employment tests

 If your background check and pre-employment test results meet our employment criteria, we will make a final job offer.

Read about pre-employment tests


Step 4

Minneapolis Police Academy classroom and field training

You and your classmates will receive training at our police academy.

You will attend the academy

  • Monday through Friday
  • For 14- to 16-weeks
  • For a combination of classroom training and simulations

After completing the academy, we provide field training 

  • Six months
  • Working one-on-one with a training officer
  • Performing your assigned shifts

After completing the six months of field training, you are an official officer of the Minneapolis Police Department  

Read about the Minneapolis Police Academy

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