Recruitment Information – Police

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Job Requirements

Officers in the Police Department are expected to work hard and provide a high quality of service to the community, making this a premier department in the region. Patrol officers work a 12-hour shift with varying days off.


Edina Officers earn some of the top salaries in the area:

  • Based on the 2021 contract, salaries range from approximately $66,650.62 - $91,446.29 with additional longevity pay after 4 years.
  • Officers working some special assignments receive an additional $375 per month.

Hiring Process

Police Officer candidates can expect the following:

  • Field training program
  • Medical exam
  • Multi-stage interview process
  • Physical ability test
  • Psychological assessment
  • Thorough background investigation
  • Written test during the application process

Certifications & Licenses

Candidates must meet the licensing requirements and adhere to the standards of the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board. New Officers will have to complete a one year probationary period and must be eligible for licensure by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board at the time of hiring.


There are many opportunities for involvement in additional duties including:

  • Bike Patrol
  • Commercial Retail Crime Unit
  • Computer Digital Forensics
  • Crime Scene Photographers
  • Drug Recognition Experts
  • Drug Task Force
  • Explorer Post Advisors
  • Firearms Instructors
  • Field Training Officers
  • Hostage/Crisis Negotiators
  • K9 Unit
  • Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force
  • Motorcycle Officer
  • Reserve Advisor
  • SWAT Team
  • Traffic Unit
  • Use of Force Instructors

Volunteer Opportunities

Edina also offers several volunteer opportunities with the Police Department:

  • Chaplains
  • Explorers
  • Internship
  • Reserve Officers

South Metro Public Safety Training Facility

We are part owners in the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility, located in Edina. This combined public safety training center is operated by four police departments and three fire departments. Officers continually receive high level training to meet the demands of the changing world and expectations of our community. Instructors are brought in from across the country to teach the latest skills and techniques.

Available Positions

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City of Edina by the Numbers

  • 50,000: Population
  • 50,000: Employed in the community
  • First ring suburb of Minneapolis
  • Two large shopping districts (Southdale, 50th and France)
  • Nine schools
  • One large metropolitan hospital with a state-of-the-art heart center (Fairview Southdale)
  • 40 parks that cover more than 1,550 acres

Edina Police by the Numbers

  • 52: number of sworn officers in the department
  • 55,000: annual number of calls for police service
  • 300: annual number of DWI arrests
  • 18,000: annual number of citations
  • 100: annual number of felony cases sent for prosecution
  • 900: annual number of misdemeanor cases sent for prosecution
  • 3,000: annual medical calls (all officers are EMTs and are first responders, working closely with the Paramedics at the Edina Fire Department)