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How old do I need to be to be hired as a Fargo Police Officer?

Individuals must be at least 21 years old.

What are the educational requirements to become a Fargo Police Officer?

Individuals are required to have 60 post-secondary educational credits in any educational discipline.

Do I need to attend a police academy prior to being hired by The Fargo Police Department?

No. The Fargo Police Department provides its own in-house paid academy training to each of its new hires. The Fargo Police Academy is a 13-week training program fully certified by the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (ND POST). Candidates must successfully complete all pre-hire requirements prior to acceptance into the Academy. Upon successful completion of the Academy, a full offer of employment will be extended.

I am concerned about some issues in my background; will these impact my ability to be hired by The Fargo Police Department?

Background issues and concerns are handled on a case-by-case basis. It is recommended to speak to a recruiter directly about your individual circumstances. Please contact the Fargo Police Training and Development Unit at

When are applications accepted for The Fargo Police Academy?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Fargo Police Training and Development Unit will help you determine the best start date for you.

When is The Fargo Police Academy held?

The Fargo Police Academy is held in January and May each year. The program is 13-weeks in length.

How much does it cost to attend The Fargo Police Academy?

The Fargo Police Academy is tuition-free. Recruits are compensated throughout their duration of the Academy with a $59,439 starting salary for 2023 Academy Recruits.

Will I receive educational credits for attending The Fargo Police Academy?

Academy Recruits will not receive educational credits from The Fargo Police Department; however, they may be eligible to receive credits from their respective educational institution as an internship. Please check with your educational institution for more information.

Can I just apply for The Fargo Police Academy?

In 2022, The Fargo Police Department began hiring candidates prior to the academy. Candidates are now applying for a job as a Fargo Police Officer rather than just completing the Academy.

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