Police Department

Join our Team

Are you called to serve your community? Police work has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Modern-day policing has an emphasis on serving the community through engagement and social work.

The Duluth Police Department is unique. Duluth has that small town feel, but our department is big enough to have specialized divisions. This allows recruits to grow their careers and become experts in their chosen field of interest, such as:

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Drugs and Violent Crimes
  • Property & Financial Crimes

Become a Police Officer

Becoming a police officer in the State of Minnesota is a professional career choice. Whether you’re 18 and following a childhood dream or making a mid-life career change, there are many different ways to join our sworn police force. We hire new recruits twice per year. Learn how to prepare here.

Lateral Hire

If you’ve been a police officer for at least three years and have POST licensing in good standing or are eligible for POST, you can apply to join our team at any time during the year. Learn more and apply here.     


Civilians play an important role in the Duluth Police Department. The dedicated men and women of our civilian staff conduct research, keep records organized, analyze data, and generally keep the place running. If you’re called to serve your community, choosing to work for the Duluth Police Department could be the most fulfilling career move you make.  

Learn more about the Duluth Police Department by reviewing our Strategic Plan & Goals and DPD Policy Manual.

View our current openings here, or call 218-730-5400 to learn more about how to join our team.