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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.


To become a Duluth Police Officer, you have to have all of the below qualifications.

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Current licensed police officer with Minnesota P.O.S.T. Board or eligible for licensing

For more information on MN P.O.S.T. education, go here.

  • Degree Requirements

For more information on degree requirements such as not having a postsecondary degree, people who have a degree, police experience in another state, or military policing experience, go to the following link.

Hiring Process

The Duluth Police has a very comprehensive hiring process to make sure we hire the best officers to protect and serve our residents. Below is the hiring process to becoming a Duluth Police Officer.

  • Oral Board Exam
  • Chief’s Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Background Interview
  • Medical, Physical, and Psychological Testing

Duluth Police Department's Academy

After receiving an offer to become an officer, the Duluth Police Department puts each employee through our academy. There are more than 380 training hours in the academy that cover a variety of topics. Topics include the following list here.

After completion of DPD’s Academy, you’ll be in the Field Training Officer program.

Field Training Officer Program

Upon completion of the Duluth Police Department’s Academy, probationary officers will start the Field Training Officer Program. The Duluth Police Department’s FTO program puts you in real-life policing scenarios. You’ll be paired with a field training officer who’ll be with you for 16 weeks, spending four weeks in each phase of the four phase program. FTO gives you experience before you start solo patrol. During solo patrol, you’ll be on probationary status for a year.


  • Starting rate (2022): $5425 - $6650 per month
  • 13% pay raise increase over three year time period
  • 10-12 hour shifts
  • Five days on/five days off & two days on/two days off
  • 80 hours vacation/year
  • Up to 60 days of sick leave/year
  • 48 hours personal leave/year    
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Post-retirement health care savings with initial city contribution of $12,000 then 3% of base pay every two weeks
  • PERA retirement plan
  • FMLA-12 weeks/year
  • Onsite fitness center