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Becoming an Officer

Peace Officer

(1) an employee or an elected or appointed official of a political subdivision or law enforcement agency who is licensed by the board, charged with the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of the general criminal laws of the state and who has the full power of arrest, and shall also include the Minnesota State Patrol, agents of the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, state conservation officers, Metropolitan Transit police officers, Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit officers, and Department of Commerce Insurance Fraud Unit officers, and the statewide coordinator of the Violent Crime Coordinating Council; and

(2) a peace officer who is employed by a law enforcement agency of a federally recognized tribe, as defined in United States Code, title 25, section 450b(e), and who is licensed by the board.

Part-time Peace Officer  

The part-time peace officer license is distinct and different from the license granted to the peace officer. The laws regarding the licensing and practice of part-time peace officers are found in MN STAT 626.84-626.847. In addition, MN RULES Chapter 6700 further define the licensing, use, and practice of part-time peace officers. MN STAT 626.8461 states:
The legislature finds and declares that it is necessary to establish minimum training requirements for part-time peace officers in certain specified areas to maximize the protection of the rights and safety of the public and to minimize the liability on the part of Minnesota counties and municipalities. The legislature further finds that part-time peace officers are most effectively utilized as a supplement to regular, fully trained and licensed, peace officers and does not encourage the use of part-time peace officers when the needs for service would otherwise justify the use of peace officers.