Becoming a Police Officer

Accepting Applications!!


To be eligible to participate in the Police Officer recruiting process, applicants must meet the minimum requirements located in the job description (PDF). You may apply for a Police Officer position when there is an opening advertised on our linked Employment Opportunities page.  

General Information

2023 wage range is $33.97 - $47.50/hour. Candidates possessing previous experience will have a starting salary determined by years of service and civil service board rules.

2023 Lateral Pay Steps:
2 Years of Experience = $35.33/hour
3-4 Years of Experience = $36.75/hour
5+ Years of Experience = $38.22/hour

Rejection Criteria

The rejection criteria listed is not intended to be all inclusive.  Information relative to any other arrests and subsequent disposition of such shall be evaluated by the St. Cloud Police Department in detail.  Factors to be considered are the seriousness of the crime, multiple occurrences of a crime, length of the time between crimes, and when the crime was committed. 


Leave Benefits
  • 96 hours paid vacation per year, increases over time
  • 8 hours paid sick leave per calendar month
  • 12 paid holidays per calendar year
  • 1 personal day per calendar year
Additional Benefits
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Employer/employee paid pension through PERA
  • Employee assistance program
  • Longevity pay after five years of service
  • Cell phone discounts with participating vendors
  • St. Cloud Federal Credit Union deductions
  • Deferred compensation plans
Health Insurance

Wellness Program
The City's Wellness Program is designed to be an employee-centered program to promote healthy living by educating, motivating and assisting employees to reduce health risks. The long-term goals of the Wellness Program are to improve employee's quality of life, to decrease health care costs and to increase employee morale and productivity. The program rewards eligible employees with incentives for participation in wellness activities.