Patrol Officer

Job Posted 11/10/2022
City of Chaska
2 City Hall Plaza
Chaska, MN 55352
United States
Category Jobs
Experience Required
Degree Required
Law Enforcement / Military
Job Start Date
Application Closing Date
$37.96 to $44.90 Per Hour
Job Description
Job Summary
The City of Chaska is accepting applications for the position of full-time patrol officer. The patrol officer preserves safety and wellbeing in the City of Chaska by proactively enforcing laws and ordinances, responding to calls for service, and committing to CPD’s culture of community policing and engagement. Applicants must currently be MN POST licensed or eligible for licensure by September 1, 2023. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license and pass a comprehensive background check, psychological evaluation, and medical examination.

Previous law enforcement experience is desired, and lateral pay incentives are available for those eligible. The hourly wage for this position has a starting range of $37.96-$44.90, depending upon qualifying experience. Candidates with at least three years of prior qualifying experience are eligible to start at an hourly wage of $44.90 (36-month step) and are eligible for a front-loaded 40 hours of paid personal leave upon starting employment. Lateral candidates will also be eligible to accrue paid personal leave at a higher rate, depending upon experience. Longevity incentives are available to CPD employees after 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 years of employment with the city. Top patrol pay with all longevity incentives is currently $49.84/hourly. Certain CPD assignments are eligible for additional specialty and instructor pay. The 2023 patrol contract provides a $1,651 annual uniform allowance. Position salary, pay incentives, and benefits are set by the LELS Union pay schedule.

CPD embraces and practices officer wellness, which includes an ability for officers to work out while on-duty.

Employment Process:

  • Deadline to apply is Friday 12/02/2022 by 11:59pm.
  • Applications to be reviewed and communication with candidates week of 12/05.
  • Selected candidates will be invited to a 30-minute interview with a panel of police and human resources staff the week of 12/12.
  • Communication to candidates regarding next step by 12/16.
  • Selected candidates will be invited to a second 45-60 minute interview with police administration and human resources staff at a date TBD.
  • Conditional job offer issued and background process begins. The background process will take approximately 4-6 weeks.
  • Pre-employment physical and psychological exam in early 2023.
  • Formal offer and start date in March 2023.
Recruitment Brochure:
  1. Enforces laws and City codes and provides for public safety through observation, investigation, reporting and corrective action.
  2. Responds to service calls, patrols and investigates suspicious activities, interviews suspects and witnesses, collects and preserves evidence, makes arrests, attends related court hearings and completes required reporting.
  3. Interacts with residents and other police departments, the general public and preserves the peace through conflict intervention, negotiation, crowd control, and community policing principles.
  4. Provides public services such as emergency medical assistance, coordination at fire scenes, traffic and crowd control, missing persons, found property, and assists stranded motorists.
  5. Provides information to the public and fosters relationships with businesses, neighborhoods, and citizens.
  6. Knows and follows CPD policies and procedures.
  7. Performs all other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement, Police Administration, Criminal Justice or a related field
  • Current licensure by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards (POST)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of community policing
  • Knowledge of basic first responder first aid/life saving techniques to include CPR certified
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective investigation and interrogation
  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations, communicate effectively in a respectful and responsive manner that de-escalates conflict
  • Knowledge of state statutes and codes, federal guidelines and protocols, and local ordinances related to law enforcement
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to make reasoned judgments under conditions of uncertainty
  • Ability to accurately assess the potential consequences of alternative courses of action and select the most appropriate and acceptable
  • Ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations and act decisively to protect persons and property from harm
  • Experienced in the use of computers, standard office software, firearms and police equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain responsive community relations
  • Meet Departmental use of force standards

Equipment, Mental & Physical Demands


  • Computer
  • Vehicle
  • May operate a boat
  • Telephone
  • Radio
  • Body armor and tactical vest
  • Duty belt and equipment
  • Medical equipment
  • First responder equipment
  • Evidence collection, cameras, fingerprinting equipment

Mental Effort
  • Attention to detail
  • Organize, plan, and supervise
  • Critical thinking
  • Read, interpret, and communicate statutes, regulations, and ordinances
  • Understand and communicate with staff and public

Physical Requirements
  • Operate a computer keyboard and basic office equipment
  • Listen to and respond to telephone and radio calls
  • Operate a motor vehicle
  • Stand, sit, walk, push, pull, climb, run
Working Conditions
  • Work with citizens of all ages
  • Exposure to heat, cold, and all weather conditions
  • Risk of injury
  • Driving
Sarah Donovan
1 City Hall Plaza
Chaska MN 55352
United States