Saint Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Path Academy-LECPA

City of St. Paul - Saint Paul, MN (30+ days ago)4.1

General Duty Statement

What is the Saint Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Path Academy?

The Saint Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Path Academy (LECPA) is for young adults who are interested in becoming Saint Paul Police Officers but face financial and/or other barriers to attending college and finding employment. The Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) working in partnership with the Community Action Program and Century College, has developed a comprehensive program that gives participants an opportunity to become Saint Paul Police Officers. Eligible participants will earn an hourly income while they learn life skills, attend college, and receive the necessary social support services to allow them to achieve a successful career in Law Enforcement.

In the first phase of the program, participants will:
Earn $9.50/hour for a total of 83 hours which includes time attending classes.
Complete a total of 40 hours of service work by participating in SPPD community outreach events
Participants will receive one uniform shirt to wear while serving at these events
Receive career counseling and personalized guidance from Century College
Individual screening and placement for college success
Earn up to 5 college credits towards a Law Enforcement Degree
College Success Strategies class (2 credits)
Police & the Community class (3 credits)
Obtain a First Aid certificate
Receive Community Actions program enrollment support

In the second phase of the program, participants will:
Receive employment transition assistance
Maintain daily/weekly contact with an assigned SPPD Community Engagement Specialist
Have SPPD sworn officers available as advisors
Have opportunities to ride along with SPPD Officers to experience and better understand the job of a Police Officer
Receive program support from Community Action Partnership
Help with the application process
Support for life emergencies such as day care, transportation, help with utility bills, etc.
An individualized financial plan
Receive enrollment assistance into a Law Enforcement degree program
Have the opportunity to apply for a position with the Saint Paul Police Department
Assistance applying for entry level positions such as Community Liaison Officer or Parking Enforcement Officer
Opportunities to continue in the LECPA program as an AmeriCorps member, earning an educational stipend while attending school

Eligible Participants must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2018.
2. Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
3. Must pass a criminal history check
4. Must be able to participate in moderately strenuous physical exercise
5. Must attend three orientation sessions hosted by the SPPD. Participants will be notified of session dates and times and will be disqualified from the program if they do not attend the sessions.

Preference will be given to applicants receiving public or housing assistance. Preference will be given to residents of Saint Paul or communities within 15 miles of SPPD headquarters. Further consideration will be given to applicants who speak, read, or write a language other than English, to include sign language.

Income verification will be required
Applicants who are selected to participate in the LECPA will be contacted by the SPPD to begin the backgrounding process
By Closing Date, you MUST

Submit a City of Saint Paul online application no later than May 1, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

First time applying online? Read our How to apply Online Guide.

Selection Process Information

Questions about the program can be directed to:
Sergeant Jim Yang
Community Engagement Unit
367 Grove Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-266-5861


As an applicant for or participant in the Saint Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Path Academy, you will be asked to provide information that is classified as private data. Under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, you have the right to know what use will be made of the private information you provide.

The information asked for will be used by the program's staff to determine eligibility to participate in the program. The information will be entered in to a record keeping system and staff whose jobs reasonably require it will have access to the information. Other government and agencies, including the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development may examine the information for program monitoring, evaluation, or audit purposes.

Employment and training data may be given to other employment and training service providers to coordinate the educational and training services for you or to determine your eligibility or suitability for services from other programs. It may also be given to local and state welfare agencies for monitoring your eligibility for any assistance programs, or for any educational or training program administered by those agencies. Any other uses of the information provided will be for statistical or research purposes only, and will not disclose any personal identifying information about you.

You may be asked to provide data that you are not required to give in order to qualify for program services. Failure to complete these items will not adversely affect your eligibility; however, you are encouraged to complete all of the items in order to allow for a more complete assessment by staff.

Intentional misrepresentation of information about income or employment will result in termination from the Saint Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Path Academy.

We may also use information from wage records kept by the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development to help us evaluate the program.

After you leave the program, we will keep your information on file until the state and federal laws indicate it may be destroyed.

The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

AmeriCorps is committed to the inclusion of all individuals without regard to disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation or other non-merit factors. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.