Police Recruitment


The City of Moorhead typically conducts entrance testing annually to develop and maintain a hiring list. Interested applicants may be placed on a notification list and will be contacted shortly before the next hiring process by Human Resources. Call 218.299.5179 or contact Human Resources to add your name to the notification list.

Check out our current Job Postings or Apply for a Job online.

Successful applicants must possess a minimum of:

  • Associate’s degree with coursework in criminal justice or a related field
  • Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training License, or eligible for licensure by the date specified in the job notice
  • CPR/First Responder training
  • Valid driver’s license.

For more information about eligibility, reference the Minnesota POST Board website

Application / Testing Process
Applicants will complete a written exam which is scored and added together with any veterans’ preference points to develop an initial ranking score. Approximately the top 30 candidates will be invited for an interview.  Final rankings are determined by the interview scores and POST eligibility. 

A background investigation will be completed on the top ranking candidates and the top three candidates with acceptable background investigations will be interviewed by the Chief of Police resulting in a conditional job offer for the chosen candidate(s). After a conditional offer of employment, candidates must pass a physical assessment, medical examination (including drug and alcohol screening), and psychological evaluation.

If you would like to know more about becoming a City of Moorhead Police Officer, Contact Lt Chris Carey or call 218.299.5204.

Employment Brochure

Work Schedule
Officers generally work a 10-hour shift with every other weekend off. There are three work shifts:

  • Day – 8 am to 6 pm
  • Evening – 4 pm to 2 am
  • Midnight – 10 pm to 8 am

Officers are subject to callback during off-duty hours and must live less than 30 minutes of driving time from the Law Enforcement Center (911 11 St N, Moorhead, MN).

Officers have an opportunity to serve in the following roles or positions:

  • K-9 Handler
  • Red River Valley SWAT Team
  • Bike Patrol
  • Field Training Officer
  • Investigations
  • DEA Task Force
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Computer Forensics
  • DARE Instructor
  • School Resource Officer
  • Specialized Instructor (Defensive Tactics, EVOC, Firearms, etc.)
  • Child Passenger Safety Inspection
  • Bomb Squad
  • Negotiator
  • Other Internal Positions