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.
- 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
- Orono has 27 full-time officers and 3 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 Lake Minnetonka Swat for the west metro area; collaborating with:
- Minnetrista Public Safety
- South Lake Minnetonka Police
- Wayzata Police
- West Hennepin Public Safety
- Orono PD contracts with three other communities for police service:
- Minnetonka Beach
- Spring Park