If you love to help people and want to make a difference, this is your chance to take a non-traditional pathway to an exciting new career in law enforcement with one of the largest police departments in the state - the MSP Airport Police Department!
The Intensive Comprehensive Peace Officer Education and Training (ICPOET) Program requires no prior law enforcement experience.  The program is designed to recruit candidates looking to transition into the field of law enforcement.  Earn while you learn!
  • Earn pay and benefits while attending an approved full-time professional peace officer education program in Alexandria, MN or Brooklyn Park, MN.
  • Must have a two- or four-year regionally accredited college degree in any field of study.  No prior law enforcement training or experience is required. 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work in the United States under federal requirements.  Please note: We are unable to sponsor employment visas.
  • No felony convictions and meet all minimum selection standards per State of Minnesota Administrative Rules.
  • Upon completion of the education program (approximately 22 weeks), trainees must attain POST licensure before promoting to a full time sworn police officer position with the Airport Police Department.
Police Trainee

How the Program Works
Successful candidate will be hired as a police trainee. This is a full-time position with a starting wage of $27.00 per hour and includes eligibility for insurance and pension benefits. As a police trainee, individuals will be paid to attend 40 hours a week of college coursework and training for approximately 22 weeks and then take the licensing exam for police officers.  Schooling will be completed at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, MN or Alexandria Technical and Community College in Alexandria, MN.  In addition to earning a wage, all course fees and equipment are provided and paid for by the Metropolitan Airports Commission.
Upon graduation and successful completion of the licensing exam, trainees will be promoted to probationary sworn police officers and begin their career in law enforcement just like any other new officer.
Selection Process
After interviews, background checks, and various pre-employment evaluations, successful selected candidates will be given a job offer and will enroll in the ICPOET Program.
 Anticipated timeline:

  • June 2024:  Interviews 
  • June/July 2024:  Background investigations for top candidates
  • August 2024:  Physical, drug screen, and psychological exams
  • September/October 2024:  Candidates hired (end of September) and classes begin at Alexandria Tech (10/1/24) or Hennepin Tech (10/14/24)

Safety-sensitive:  This is a safety-sensitive position which will require a pre-employment drug screen and physical.

Minimum Qualifications
  • An Associates (2-year) or Bachelor's (4-year) degree from a regionally accredited institution in any discipline as of August 1, 2024.
  • U.S. Citizenship or eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship.
  • No felony convictions as defined by Minnesota State Statutes.
  • A valid driver's license, or ability to obtain by time of hire.
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Medically, physically, and psychologically fit to perform the job duties.
  • Must NOT have completed a MN Skills program or taken the MN POST or reciprocity exam.

Inquiries and Information

Metropolitan Airports Commission