Police Officer

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Mar 03, 2017
Mar 27, 2017
Employment Status
Full Time

Police Officer

Position Details

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Full-time Regular Position

SALARY / WAGE:  Starts at $28.17 per hour (2017 pay-rate); full range is $28.17 per hour to $43.08 per hour (dependent upon experience and qualifications)

BENEFITS: Qualifies for full-time benefits at date of hire

LOCATION: City Center

HOURS:  Rotating shift

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, SWAT Team member, Field Training Officer, Use of Force Instructor, Weapons Systems Armorer, Crisis Negotiator, Youth Diversion Officer, Crime Scene Tech Unit Officer, Domestic Abuse Response Team member, Crisis Intervention Techniques 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.

Emergency Medical Response Expertise: All EPPD Officers are required to attend intensive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training and obtain their EMT National Certification.

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 date of appointment, but no later than January 31, 2018.

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 the following pre-employment checks for this position:

  • Work history
  • Professional Reference
  • Criminal History Check
  • Driving 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.

Apply online at www.edenprairie.org under “Employment”.

Application Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Application Deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Review Applications: March 27 – March 30, 2017

Communicate to Candidates (via e-mail): By March 31, 2017

Frontline Assessment: Candidates will be invited to attend one of two sessions offered. The assessment takes 2.5 to 3 hours and will run from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (5:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 (12:30 PM – 3:30 PM)

Communicate Frontline Assessment results to candidates / Invite selected candidates to First Round Interviews: by Thursday, April 13, 2017

First Round Interviews: Candidates will be invited to attend one of two dates offered, either Wednesday, April 19 or Thursday, April 20, 2017. A presentation about the Police Department will be shared and then candidates will participate in a 1 hour group interview.

Communicate to Candidates: By Friday, April 21, 2017

Second Round Interviews: Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person 45 minute interview with Police Sergeants to be held on Tuesday, April 25 or Thursday, April 27, 2017

Communicate to Candidates: by Friday, April 28, 2017

Third Round Interviews: Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person 45 minute interview with Police Lieutenants to be held on Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, 2017

Communicate to Candidates: By Friday, May 5, 2017

Final Interview with Police Chief & Deputy Police Chief: Anticipated date is beginning of May, 2017 (date to be determined)


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

Initiate Background Investigation Process: mid-May 2017

Appointment for Psychological Evaluation: Upon Contingent Offer

Appointment for Pre-Employment Physical Assessment: Upon Contingent Offer

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