Police Officer Training in MN

Minnesota has a POST board (Peace Officer Standards and Training) which sets the standards for judging potential police officers. Before they can move forward with police training, any persons wishing to submit an application to a police force in Minnesota must first meet the POST guidelines and requirements. The section below entitled “Peace Officer Standards and Training for Minnesota” outline the POST guidelines. If a candidate fulfills the basic guidelines mandated by the POST, they move forward by applying to a specific job opening at a police department. The process in Minnesota is very similar to that which is detailed as part of the homepage. There will be some tests and  formal interviews before the police department makes a decision to hire an individual or not. Once a person is hired they will attend a Minnesota police academy for a training period.

Peace Officer Standards and Training for Minnesota

The requirements an individual must meet in order to be a part of police in Minnesota are: they need to be a minimum of 21 years of age, they need to be a US citizen who is able to obtain a Minnesota driver’s license, and have a mostly clean criminal record. A person must be able to obtain their POST certification and pass some written and physical tests. To get your POST certification a person can do one of the following:

  • Peace Officer Licensing Exam: This is for graduates of a Minnesota POST-certified two to four years education degree program.
  • Reciprocity Licensing Exam: If you have previous work experience in another state or at the federal level as a law enforcement officer or if you have previous military experience you may be eligible to take this exam.
  • The Reinstatement of License Exam and License Restoration Exam are for those who have previously held eligibility for, or possessed, respectively, certification that has expired.

Police Officer Salaries in Minnesota

The average  statewide salary of police officers in Minnesota is approximately 57,000 a year. The salaries for MN officers could be more or less than the listed average depending on where an officer serves, how much education an officer has, and how much experience he or she has. Achieving a higher rank will also increase one’s pay, for instance the average detective or criminal investigator in Minnesota makes 66,000 a year, and supervisors in law enforcement in MN make an average of almost 80,000 a year.

Law Enforcement Degree Options in Minnesota

As one of the ways to obtain POST certification in Minnesota applicants need to complete a degree. Below you will find a comprehensive list of the Minnesota schools which offer degrees in many related criminal justice and law enforcement subjects.

  • Alexandria Technical College

1601 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, MN 56308


  • Argosy University

1515 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121


  • Bemidji State University

1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, MN 56601


  • Brown College

1440 Northland Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55120


  • Concordia University St. Paul

275 Syndicate Street N, Saint Paul, MN 555104


  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

2101 14th Street, Clouqet, MN 55720


  • Hamline University

1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104


  • Hibbing Community College

1515 East 25th Street, Hibbing, MN 55746


  • Metropolitan State University

700 E 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106


  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College

1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403


  • Minnesota School of Business

Locations across MN-  877-655-7676

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College

1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN 56537


  • Minnesota State University-Mankato

South Road and Ellis Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001


  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead

1104 7th Avce S, Moorhead, MN 56563


  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College

1593 11th Avenue, Granite Falls, MN 56241


  • Normandale Community College

9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431


  • North Hennepin Community College

7411 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


  • Northland Community and Technical College

1101 Highway 1 East, Thief River Falls, MN 56701


  • Ridgewater College

2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, MN 56201


  • Riverland Community College

1900 8th Avenue NW, East Building, Austin, MN 55912


  • Rochester Community & Technical College

851 30th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904


  • Southwest Minnesota State University

1501 State Street, Marshall, MN 56258


  • St. Cloud State University

720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301


  • University of Minnesota

100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455


  • University of Minnesota-Crookston

2900 University Avenue Crookston, MN 56716


  • University of St. Thomas

2115 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105


  • Winona State University

175 W Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987