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How to Become a Peace Officer in Minnesota

The procedure for becoming a peace officer in Minnesota has three basic components. First, the candidate must complete pre-service education and training. Second, the candidate must apply for and pass the Peace Officer Licensing Exam or the Reciprocity Licensing Examination to become eligible to be licensed. Third, the candidate must meet the peace officer selection standards (established by POST Board rule) and be appointed by a law enforcement agency.

Once these three steps are completed, the candidate applies for and is issued a peace officer license.

 

Degree Program

   

Step 1

Complete a two or four year Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice degree through a  Professional Peace Officer Education program.

Step 2

Pass the POST Licensing Exam.
 

Timeline

Approximately two to four years minimum depending on program.
 
 

Certificate Program

 

Step 1

Possess a two or four year degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university.
 

Step 2

Complete Law Enforcement certificate courses through a Professional Peace Officer Education program.
 

Step 3

Pass the POST Licensing Exam.
 

Timeline

Approximately nine months or more depending on the student and program.
 
 

Reciprocity or Military Reciprocity

 

Step 1

 

Step 2

Pass the POST Reciprocity Licensing Exam.
 

Timeline

Approximately two months to finish qualification procedure and testing.