Police Officer

Eden Prairie, MN
Jan 23, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Police Officer

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Full-time Regular Position
SALARY / WAGE:  Starts at $25.58 per hour (dependent upon experience and qualifications)
BENEFITS: Qualifies for full-time benefits at date of hire
LOCATION: City Center
HOURS:  Rotating shift (five days on/three days off)
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to Patrol Sergeant

The Eden Prairie Police Department protects and serves the community of Eden Prairie through active and professional engagement. This department is committed to providing customized service to the community, exercising discretion and fairness in enforcement, building public trust in the department, and promoting the professional development of its members.

The Police Officer begins their role in the Patrol Division by protecting and serving the community of Eden Prairie by providing quality services and law enforcement customized to meet the needs of the community. The primary position responsibilities and areas of impact are: 

  1. Patrols the community for potential public safety issues.
  2. Responds to and documents calls for police service such as reported crimes or suspicious activity, medical emergencies, and traffic accidents.
  3. Enforces laws, ordinances, and codes with a special emphasis on traffic enforcement.
  4. Investigates crimes including the collection and preservation of evidence, interviewing victims, suspects, and witnesses, preparing related reports and court testimony.
  5. Educates residents, schools, and businesses about public safety-related issues.
  6. Secondary assignments are available for officers through a selection process after their first 12 months on the job. Secondary assignments include: K9 officer, Emergency Response Unit member, Field Training Officer, Use of Force Instructor, Crisis Negotiator, Youth Diversion Officer, Crime Scene Tech Unit Officer, Domestic Abuse Response Team member, Adult Investigator and School Liaison Officer 

While these areas are the primary focus of the position, we believe strongly in teamwork and employees will be called upon to perform a variety of duties as a part of their role with the City.

All employees are expected to contribute to the success of our organization by demonstrating the shared expectations: Customer Focus, Flexibility, Initiative, Results Orientation, Public Stewardship, and Teamwork.


Legal Expertise: Displays an in depth understanding of specific legal area; routinely guides others to make lawful decisions.

Communication: Able to convey a message to get a point across; communicates in a clear and concise manner; able to write clearly and succinctly; tailors message to a variety of communication settings and styles.

Composure: Exhibits self-confidence and asserts self appropriately to advocate a point of view; is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; maintains balance even when unexpected circumstances arise; able to identify and manage crisis situations; faces adversity head on; energized by tough challenges.

Accountability: Follows through on commitments; focuses on appropriate tasks throughout the shift; takes responsibilities for actions both as an individual and on behalf of the organization; actions and words are in sync; follows all policies and procedures; maintains confidentiality; is prepared and punctual to all scheduled shifts.


Education: Associates Degree in law enforcement, or related field; P.O.S.T. eligible by June 1, 2013.

Work Experience: Knowledge of and experience in criminal and traffic law preferred.

Technical Skills: Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Outlook) preferred.

The City of Eden Prairie conducts professional reference and criminal history checks for all employees joining the organization. In addition, the following is required for this specific position: driver’s check (must have valid Driver’s License and excellent driving record), written assessment, drug testing, physical exam, psychological evaluation. All final candidates must successfully complete and pass the pre-employment process before their first day of employment.

The goal of the recruitment process outlined below is to find talented candidates who have the potential to move into a police officer position when a vacancy occurs.  

Application Deadline: February 8, 2013
Review Applications: By February 15
Communicate to Candidates: Week of February 18-22
Frontline Assessment: Options available are February 26 and March 7 (candidates attend one session)
Communicate Frontline Assessment Results to Candidates: By March 13
First Round Interviews: March 21, 2013
Communicate to Candidates: By March 29
Second Round Interviews: Week of April 8
Communicate to Candidates: By April 19
Third Round Interviews: Week of April 15
Communicate to Candidates: By April 22
Final Interview with Police Chief & Deputy Police Chief: Week of April 22

Pre-Employment steps will occur when the determination is made to hire a candidate based upon having a vacancy.

Initiate Background Investigation Process: Upon Vacancy
Appointment for Psychological Evaluation: Upon Contingent Offer
Appointment for Pre-Employment Physical Assessment: Upon Contingent Offer

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