Employment Opportunities

The Orono Police Department adheres to all guidelines set forth by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training board (POST) for training and hiring. All interested in becoming a police officer need to have a minimum of a two year college degree

Many agencies are also requiring a candidate to be at least 21 years old before being considered for a position.

Minimum Requirements

  • Possess a two or four year degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice or have two or four year degree in any discipline
  • Pass a law enforcement certificate course, if you don't have a LE degree through a Professional Peace Officer Education program
  • Pass POST licensing examination
  • Or meet reciprocity requirements

All candidates for a sworn police officer position need to pass:

  • Oral interviews
  • Physical agility test
  • Psychological and medical exams
  • Thorough background investigation
  • Written test

On top of the mentioned items we also look for the following traits:

  • Ability to effectively work with community members and businesses
  • Desire to learn
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Positive attitude
  • Self-initiation and drive to accomplish tasks

Department Facts

  • Orono has 27 full-time officers and 2 part-time officers.
  • Orono is part of the West Metro Drug Task Force, which is one of the most productive task forces in the state.
  • Orono is also part of the Emergency Response Unit for the west metro area; collaborating with:
    • Medina
    • Mound
    • South Lake
    • Wayzata
    • West Hennepin
  • Orono PD contracts with three other communities for police service:
    • Minnetonka Beach
    • Mound
    • Spring Park