It's that time again. We opened up our hiring process last week and are anticipating hiring about five or six new officers. This is after hiring 18 new officers last year. Starting pay for officers without police experience will be in the low $40's and those with experience mid $50's. The police union has negotiated many add on's that don't show in the base pay and most of our officers who have been around a few years are all making in the $60's without any overtime.
The process begins with an application period. Eligible applicants are then given a written test on June 9. Those who do well on the test then go on to an oral interview with department and community members. Candidates who do well in the interview proceed to a thorough background interview, more interviews followed by in-depth psychological and medical testing. If the candidate survives that process, they will receive a job offer and then six to seven months of training.
We've had close to 400 applicants the last couple of years for each test.
My sincere thank you to Mayor Ness and our City Council for their continued support of our department.
Here is the link to the job posting. http://www.duluthmn.gov/employment/jobs/details.cfm?id=223