Careers in Law Enforcement

Working in law enforcement is a highly rewarding career that can lead to many opportunities and can provide a sense of pride by knowing you are keeping your community safe and secure. There are many pathways to pursuing a career in law enforcement. Below are a few resources to help you learn more and begin your career in law enforcement. 

Pathways to Policing Program

Earn pay and benefits while attending a full-time professional peace officer education program in Brooklyn Park, MN.  Must have a two- or four-year college degree in any field of study, but no prior law enforcement training or experience is required. Must be a U.S. citizen with a valid driver's license and no felony convictions. The program specifically seeks those with the ability to fluently speak and proficiently read and write a second language, in addition to English, and who have experience living or working with culturally diverse populations. Upon completion of the education program (approximately 22 weeks), trainees must attain Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) licensure before transitioning to a full-time police officer position with one of the participating cities.

While Oakdale is not currently participating in the Pathways to Policing Program, many area cities are, including Bloomington, St. Louis Park, Eagan, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), Hastings, and Maplewood.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST)

POST administers a professional licensing program for peace officers. Visit the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board website to learn about openings.

League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) Job Board

Visit the League Minnesota Cities Job Board website to learn about openings for careers in government, including opportunities in law enforcement.

Century College Service Learning Internship Program

The Oakdale Police Department is a partner with Century College for their Service Learning Internship Program. Century College’s Service Learning Department promotes mutually advantageous relationships among community partners, faculty members, and students. To learn more, visit the Century College Service Learning Internship Program website.