Join the Elite
Become a member of the Plymouth Police. With its vision of offering extraordinary protection and superior service through proactive strategies and advanced technology, working for the Plymouth Police is more than a job. It’s a challenging and rewarding career.
We are continuously seeking out leaders who want to improve their lives and help others. Become a part of our team and make a difference in the community that was named the number one Best Place to Live by Money magazine.
Plymouth currently has 69 sworn officers and a number of varied assignments, including: investigations; two K-9 teams; a SWAT team; a traffic unit; a special investigations unit; crime prevention/crime free multi-housing officer; and a bike patrol. We also provide the DARE program to several schools located in Plymouth, and have seven officers who serve as full-time school resource officers during the school year. We also participate in a multi-agency drug task force and provide one sergeant to that unit.
Nine Steps to Becoming a Police Officer
The following are nine steps to help you get started on a career as a police officer with the Plymouth Police:
You need to be licensed by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board, or eligible to be licensed, through the POST Board. To review POST requirements, check out the “Becoming an Officer” section of the POST Board website.
Written Test - Periodically, the department conducts written tests to establish an eligibility list. That information is posted with the Minnesota POST Board, as well as on the city’s website. Interested applicants must register for the test and will be given information on accessing a pre-test preparation booklet. All written tests are scored by CWH Research, Inc. in Aurora, Colorado. Candidates who took the CWH test for other Minnesota agencies may check as their score from that test may often be used, so the applicant does not need to test again. If approved, the candidate will need to complete a waiver to have that score used.
Oral Interviews - Applicants moving forward will be notified of the dates of the first interviews. Applicants will be notified of the results of these interviews. Successful candidates will move forward to a second group of oral interviews. This group determines the candidates that will move on to interviews with the police chief.
Chief Interviews - The chief interviews candidates and determines the finalists, who will then move forward to background investigations.
Background Questionnaire Investigation - A background packet is given to those successful candidates by the background investigator. This packet should be completed by applicant and returned to the Plymouth Police for investigation.
Conditional Job Offer - The successful applicant is given a conditional offer.
Psychological Test - Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist.
Medical Examination - Applicants will undergo a complete medical examination given by a licensed physician, which includes a controlled substance screening.
Job Offer - The successful candidate will receive a job offer and a starting date.
Officers belong to the LELS union and at the time of hiring, current pay information will be provided. Officers reach top patrol pay levels after four years of service, with additional longevity steps at nine, 12 and 15 years. Current benefits include medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance. Officers that work any of the ten recognized holidays receive time and one-half pay for the period.
Body armor is provided and replaced every six years. Officers also receive an annual uniform allowance (the amount is set by contract) to pay for uniforms and their replacement. New officers are advanced funds against the uniform allowance to purchase their initial issue, then do not receive the annual allowance until that advance is paid back. Officers currently work a 10.5 hour day.
Plymouth also has several non-sworn positions including community service officers, desk officers, and office support representatives. Openings for these positions are posted through the city’s general Human Resources department employment opportunities.