Police Officer Position Profile
Hiring Bonus: Police officer candidates hired during this recruitment process, who successfully complete their Field Training Officer Program and one year of employment with the City of Eden Prairie will receive a hiring bonus of $3,500!
Pay Rate: The starting pay rate for this position depends upon experience and qualifications. Candidates with 3-5 years of sworn experience may start at Step 3. Candidates with 6+ years of broad police officer experience may start at Step 4. Officers are eligible to move up to the next “step” each year, until they reach the top step. Annual base adjustments increase the entire step range and typically occurs in January.
The 2023 Pay Range is $35.14 per hour to $52.03 per hour.
Step 1 $35.14
Step 2 $40.97
Step 3 $44.41
Step 4 $48.06
Step 5 $52.03
The 2024 Pay Range is $36.79 per hour to $54.19 per hour.
Step 1 $36.79
Step 2 $42.80
Step 3 $46.34
Step 4 $50.10
Step 5 $54.19
Benefits: In addition to full-time benefits at date of hire, the City of Eden Prairie provides unique benefits to all employees including, tuition reimbursement of up to $3,500 per year, a generous HRA or HSA contribution, and 100% of Short-Term Disability pay after one year of employment at no cost to the employee. All officer candidates receive front loading of Paid Time Off (PTO) and officers starting at Step 3 or 4 are eligible for higher PTO accrual rate.
Status: Full-time regular position, non-exempt
Location: Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Hours: Rotating Shift (must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays)
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:
- Proactively patrols the community for potential public safety issues; uses sound judgment and critical thinking to monitor and deter potential crime.
- Responds to and documents calls for police service such as reported crimes or suspicious activity, medical emergencies, and traffic accidents.
- Enforces laws, ordinances, and codes with a special emphasis on traffic enforcement.
- Investigates crimes including the collection and preservation of evidence, interviewing victims, suspects, and witnesses, preparing related reports and court testimony.
- Educates residents, schools, and businesses about public safety-related issues.
- 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, Reserve Unit Coordinator, Adult Investigator, School Liaison Officer, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Pilot, Peer Support Team, Police Explorer Advisor, and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
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.
City of Eden Prairie Values
We are a service organization. We take pride in what we do. We cultivate a supportive, encouraging and productive culture with a strong customer focus. We promote wellness and plan work/life balance into our goals. We value differences and foster inclusion. We achieve success by exhibiting our core values: collaboration, innovation, integrity, performance and relationships.
Position Specific Expectations
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 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 calm 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 or Bachelor’s Degree in law enforcement or related field preferred; P.O.S.T. eligible by date of appointment, but no later than October 1, 2023 required. If you have received your education or passed the P.O.S.T. Board Exam in another state, you will need to complete the Minnesota P.O.S.T. Board requirements for Peace Officer Licensing and pass the MN P.O.S.T. Board Exam or Reciprocity Exam by October 1, 2023.
Work Experience: Knowledge of and experience in criminal and traffic law preferred (i.e. experience as a community service officer, police explorer, security guard, etc.)
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: Approximately 85% of the time is spent in the field on patrol. Incumbent is required to carry a firearm, take appropriate safety precautions and wear protective body armor. While on patrol or at crime scenes, incumbent may have exposure to injury, trauma, angry or violent individuals, animal bites, blood-borne and air-borne pathogens, traffic accidents, visual and emotional trauma, toxic chemicals, adverse road and weather conditions, and other hazardous conditions.
Incumbent spends a large portion of each day in a patrol vehicle, frequently exiting and entering vehicle. Incumbents must be able to climb ladders, walk or run on uneven surfaces. Regular moving of objects up to 45 pounds is required. Must be able to pass gas mask fit testing. While on patrol, continual attention to detail in monitoring surroundings is required. A high level of attention to detail and deadlines is required in completing reports and paperwork.
Must be able to meet the physical demands/requirements of Minnesota Peace Officer Training Board (P.O.S.T.) in order to qualify for and maintain status as a licensed peace officer.
City of Eden Prairie Pre-employment Process
The City of Eden Prairie conducts the following pre-employment checks for the Police Officer position:
- Background Check (includes driver’s check-must have valid driver’s license and excellent driving record)
- Physical Exam (includes medical exam, agility testing and drug test)
- Psychological Evaluation
All final candidates must successfully complete and pass the City evaluation of the pre-employment process before their first day of employment.
City of Eden Prairie Recruitment Process
The goal of the recruitment process outlined below is to find talented candidates for future openings who have the potential to move into a police officer position due to a future vacancy. Therefore, the City reserves the right to create and manage an eligibility list of candidates from this posting for future openings which occurs within nine months from the posting date.
- Apply online at www.edenprairie.org under “Employment”
- Application Posted: January 27, 2023
- Application Deadline: February 27th, 2023, at 4:00 PM
- Review Applications: March 1st, 2023
- Communication to candidates regarding next step (via e-mail): By March 3rd, 2023
First Interview: Candidates will be invited to an onsite 30-minute interview with a panel of Police Officers, Sergeants and Human Resources. Dates available include:
- March 15th and 16th, 2023
- Communication to candidates regarding next step (via e-mail): By March 17th, 2023
Second Interview: Candidates will be invited to an onsite 45-minute interview with a panel of Lieutenants and Human Resources. Dates available include:
- March 22nd and 23rd, 2023
Final Interview & Background Investigation Process: Candidates will be invited to meet with the Police Chief and Police Captain the week of March 27th, 2023. The background process takes 4-6 weeks.
Pre-Employment Physical Exam and Psychological Evaluation: Late April – Early May 2023
Formal Offer/Start Date: Mid – Late May 2023