POST Certified and/or Lateral Police Officer
If you possess a current Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification in North Dakota or another state, or have completed a state POST examination and are eligible for licensing, you may test for the police officer position by appointment at any time positions are available. Please contact Sergeant Tom Morris to schedule a test or answer any questions.
POST certified applicants with zero to two years of experience have a starting salary of $25.52/hour ($53,082/year).
A Lateral Police Officer applicant is a POST certified applicant in any state, with a minimum of three years of full-time law enforcement experience. If the POST certification is from another state and the incumbent is currently separated from law enforcement, the separation must not exceed 34 months. (Please note the following experience is not regarded as law enforcement for the purpose of this position: deputy or officer employed in a jail or prison setting; a volunteer reserve police officer; a military police officer; a district attorney investigator; or employment on a part-time basis.)
The salary range for a Lateral Police Officer is $25.52-$27.02/hour ($53,082-$56,202/year), depending on experience.
Applications will be collected on an ongoing basis and reviewed periodically as positions become available.
Entry Level Police Officer
If you are looking for an exciting career change, or have always wanted to be a police officer, you’ve come to the right place. We value experience and diversity from all walks of life. For example, over the years we have hired a private business owner, teacher, automobile mechanic, financial advisor, retired professor, and an airline pilot.
The minimum educational requirements are an Associate’s degree (or 90 quarter or 60 semester hours) in any field. If you are hired, we will send you to a North Dakota Peace Officer Training Academy and pay you full salary ($53,082/year) while you attend. See other minimum qualifications and automatic disqualifiers.
Testing for this position occurs several times a year. Check this site often or contact Sergeant Tom Morris if you would like to be notified by email when a testing date is determined.
The City offers a competitive benefit package, to include a defined pension.
Police Officers perform general policing functions intended to ensure the safety and security of lives and property within the City.
Activities include patrol, traffic enforcement, and investigative duties. Officers work under general supervision of a Sergeant and are assigned to a particular area of the City. Officers may be assigned to special activities or projects on an on-going or short-term basis (e.g., crime prevention, investigations, school resource officer, etc.). The work performed involves a considerable risk to personal safety, and requires quick decision making when determining the appropriate action to take in a given situation.
While much of this work is performed independently and without the immediate presence of a supervisor, incumbents are required to draw upon their extensive training and the department procedural guidelines, mandates, and laws governing an officer's response and conduct when determining the appropriate action to take in a particular situation. Officers are subject to call back at most times. Officers may respond to situations outside of Fargo and across state lines when called in for mutual aid.