Police Department

New Recruits

If you are looking for a Department where you are more than just a uniform and badge, then the Duluth Police Department is the place for you. Make sure you check out the following information on eligibility, the hiring process, Duluth Police Department’s Academy, the FTO program, and the benefits we offer to our officers.


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

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. 


  • Year 1 base pay: $31.22/hour - $5,411/month
  • Year 2 base pay: $33.77/hour - $5,853/month
  • Year 3 base pay: $38.38/hour - $6,652/month
  • Longevity Pay
    • 4% longevity steps at 7 and 14 years
  • Master COP Program - Eligible after 3 years
    • Up to 8% pay increase
  • Educational Pay
  • Overtime Opportunities
  • Training and Advancement Opportunities
  • Wide Variety of Specialty Units
    • K9 Unit, Major Crimes Unit, CSI, Tactical Response Team, Crisis Negotiations Team, Violent Offender Task Force, and more!
  • 4 On, 4 Off Patrol Schedule
  • Onsite Fitness Center
  • Vacation (80 hrs), Personal (48 hrs), Sick (60 days)
  • Health Care Savings Plan
    • City contributes $12,000 after 3 years
    • City contributes 3% of your base salary
  • Medical Plan
    • Single deductible $250, family $500
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • PERA Retirement
  • MN Deferred Comp
    • City contributes $304/month to cafeteria plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Life Insurance