Employment opportunities for the MSP Airport Police Department (APD) are posted on the Minnesota POST Board website and the Metropolitan Airports Commission's (MAC) website when openings exist and applications are being accepted. All police officer applicants must meet Minnesota POST Board requirements by date of hire.
Community Service Officer positions and other civilian positions, when available, are posted on the MAC's website.
In addition to a salary and benefits package, police officers with a bachelor's degree receive a 5 percent educational incentive added to their base salaries. Salaries are commensurate with your experience. All new officers also receive a duty weapon, a uniform, body armor reimbursement and an annual uniform allowance. Officers also have the opportunity to exercise while on duty in the department's gym.
Airport Police officers must meet these minimum requirements:*
- No felony convictions as defined by Minnesota State Statutes
- Must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a peace officer by the state of Minnesota
- Medically, physically and psychologically fit to perform required job duties
- A valid, state-issued driver's license
- Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate effectively with the public
- Demonstrated strong verbal and written skills
- Ability to complete an intensive, multi-month classroom and field training program
*Subject to change
Interested in a career in law enforcement?
Visit the Discover Policing career website, sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which outlines expectations and processes of the law enforcement field. To learn how to become a police officer in Minnesota, visit here.
Preparing for a career in law enforcement
It is never too early or too late to start preparing for a career in law enforcement.
Remember, you will need to submit to a comprehensive background check. As it isn’t uncommon to see over 400 applicants for one police officer position opening, it is imperative to show integrity.
- Alcohol and drug abuse: Being involved in drug use could hurt your opportunity become a police officer. If you are planning a career in law enforcement, consider the consequences of drug and alcohol usage. While drug and alcohol use is not an automatic disqualification, it can be considered at the discretion of the chief of police in hiring decisions.
- Juvenile crimes: If you have made a conscious decision to become a police officer, the things you do as a juvenile could affect your employment opportunities. Juvenile criminal records will be addressed on a case-by-case manner. The important thing is to cease any criminal activity and become a law-abiding, productive citizen of your community.
- Employment history: Your conduct on the job is a factor that the police department reviews when considering you for potential employment. Be professional at your job and work well with your co-workers and management. While you may not enjoy working with everyone, staying professional can earn you the respect of your co-workers and supervisors. Remember, police officers communicate with people from all walks of life, and must always maintain a professional demeanor. You can develop necessary communication skills at every job.
- Credit history: Be responsible with your finances. Pay your bills on time and do not show irresponsibility by amassing a large debt in relation to your take-home income. A check of your credit history is conducted as a part of your background investigation. If you have bad credit, take the necessary steps to show that you are responsible enough to rectify the situation. (You can contact a credible non-profit, consumer credit counseling service to help you manage your debt.) It is wise to check your credit history with the three major credit agencies to verify its authenticity.
- Education: Though you only need to obtain a two-year degree to become POST certified in the state of Minnesota, four-year degree candidates are typically desired.
- Physical fitness: Prepare for the physical demands of the career by keeping yourself physically fit. You must pass the physical agility test to move forward in the hiring process.
- Know the job: What you see in the movies is not the real story. You may find yourself more excited about the prospect of becoming a police officer, or you may realize that becoming a police officer is not for you. Either way, it is a learning experience you won’t soon forget.
- Know the department: Though various law enforcement agencies perform similar duties, each agency is unique. Learn more about the federal, state, county or local law enforcement agency you are interested in to be certain it is the right fit for you.