Now Accepting Applications

Thank you for your interest in your future career with the St. Cloud Police Department. Whether you are considering a future in public service, or are an experienced officer interested in exploring new opportunities, a rewarding career path starts here. The St. Cloud Police Department is seeking hard-working individuals who are passionate about their community and serving others with compassion, honesty, and respect. 

What sets us apart? With 122 sworn positions, there are endless opportunities. St. Cloud Police Department is one of the largest metropolitan police departments in Minnesota, which translates to increased opportunities for leadership and advancement. Specialty assignments include Criminal Investigations Unit, Violent Offender Task Force, Community Response Team (COP House), SWAT, K9, Community Crime Impact Team, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Sex Trafficking Task Force, and many more! St. Cloud Police Department invests in our recruits. New recruits will participate in a 10-week academy consists of high-quality instruction using the latest law enforcement training techniques and philosophies to put our police recruits in the best position to succeed. Police recruits can expect to gain extensive hands on training and knowledge in various topics to include use of force, policy and statute review, scenario-based training, etc. while being paid at the appropriate full police officer wage.   

Come to a department that cares about YOU! We are known to place a heavy emphasis on officer wellness, which is seen in the following initiatives:

  • Peer Support for Employees
  • Critical Incident Debriefing for Employees and their Spouses
  • State of the Art Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pickleball Court open 24/7 for Employees
  • Heart Scan/Calcium Score For Employees

2024 wage range is $34.99 - $48.93/hour. Candidates possessing previous experience will have a starting salary determined by years of service and civil service board rules.

2024 Lateral Pay Steps:
2 Years of Experience = $36.39/hour
3-4 Years of Experience = $37.85/hour
5+ Years of Experience = $39.36/hour


Applicants must be POST licensed or license eligible by August 12th, 2024.

How to Apply

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Leave Benefits
  • 96 hours paid vacation per year, increases over time
  • 8 hours paid sick leave per calendar month
  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • 1 personal day per calendar year
Additional Benefits
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Employer/employee paid pension through PERA
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Longevity pay after five years of service
  • Cell phone discounts with participating vendors
  • St. Cloud Federal Credit Union deductions
  • Deferred compensation plans
Health Insurance

Wellness Program

The City's Wellness Program is designed to be an employee-centered program to promote healthy living by educating, motivating and assisting employees to reduce health risks. The long-term goals of the Wellness Program are to improve employee's quality of life, to decrease health care costs and to increase employee morale and productivity. The program rewards eligible employees with incentives for participation in wellness activities. 

General Information 

The rejection criteria listed is not intended to be all inclusive.  Information relative to any other arrests and subsequent disposition of such shall be evaluated by the St. Cloud Police Department in detail.  Factors to be considered are the seriousness of the crime, multiple occurrences of a crime, length of the time between crimes, and when the crime was committed.