Saint Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Path Academy (LECPA)

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The Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) is now taking applications for people interested in joining a cohort for the Law Enforcement Career Path Academy. 
What is the Saint Paul Police Law Enforcement Career Path Academy?
The Saint Paul Police Department is interested in creating a department which reflects the demographics of the community we serve by creating a pathway for community members to enter law enforcement. The SPPD Law Enforcement Career Path Academy (LECPA) is for young adults who are interested in becoming Saint Paul Police Officers but may face financial and/or other barriers to attending college and finding employment. Working in partnership with AmeriCorps, the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties (CAP) and Century College, the SPPD has developed a comprehensive program that gives participants an opportunity to begin a law enforcement program that may eventually qualify them to become Saint Paul Police Officers after earning an Associate’s degree. Eligible participants will earn a biweekly stipend 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 a biweekly stipend (currently $686.54) for up to 450 hours which includes time attending classes and providing service work by participating in SPPD community outreach events in the first 3 months of employment
    • Participants will be provided two LECPA uniforms to wear while working at these events.
  • Receive career counseling and personalized guidance from Century College
    • Individual screening and placement for college success
  • The program pays for the first 5 college credits towards a Law Enforcement associate degree
    • College Success Strategies class (2 credits)
    • Police & the Community class (3 credits)
    • Note-these class dates are TBD
  • Earn a Mental Health/First Aid certificate-an 8 hour class   
  • Participants agree to a specific number of annual contracted hours with AmeriCorps, and upon successful completion are eligible for an educational award of approximately $6,350. Students may earn up to two educational awards while earning their degree 
  • Eligible to apply for a scholarship up to $6,000 (based on available funds and number of scholarship applicants) after passing the Peace Officer’s Standards & Training license examination

 In the second phase of the program, participants will:

  • Receive employment transition assistance
  • Complete training hours while attending school and staff community engagement opportunities for the SPPD
  • Maintain daily/weekly contact with SPPD’s LECPA program staff
  • 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 managing school responsibilities 
    • Support for life emergencies such as day care, transportation, help with utility bills, etc.
    • An individualized financial plan
  • Be eligible to apply for a position with the Saint Paul Police Department after earning an associate degree

Eligible participants must meet all the following requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age 
  2. Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  3. Must pass a criminal history and background check
  4. Must be able to participate in moderately strenuous physical exercise
  5. Must have a valid Class D Driver's License 
  6. Must attend one 5-hour information session and interview process hosted by the SPPD. During this session, you will receive additional program information and undergo an interview process
Information Session Schedule
Participants will be notified as to which session they should attend. All sessions will be at the SPPD Rowan Training Facility at 600 Lafayette Rd, Saint Paul. Applicants who are selected to participate in the LECPA will be contacted by the SPPD to initiate the background screening process.
  • Preference will be given to applicants receiving public or housing assistance.
  • The SPPD has a strong tradition of community engagement and service, so preference will be given to residents of Saint Paul or communities within 15 miles of Saint Paul as we seek applicants that are already familiar with their community.
  • Because a large population of Saint Paul residents speak English as a secondary language, consideration will be given to applicants who speak, read, or write a language other than English, to include sign language.
Questions about the program may be directed to:
Commander Jon Loretz                                            Sergeant Jake Bobrowski
Youth Outreach & Programming Unit                        Youth Outreach & Programming Unit
367 Grove Street                                                       367 Grove Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101                                               Saint Paul, MN 55101
Email:                             Email:
Phone: 651-266-5520                                               Phone: 651-266-5621
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.

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 into 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.
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 proved upon request. 


By Closing Date, you MUST
  1. Submit a City of Saint Paul online application, including answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire.
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Selection Process Information

This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements. This is a grant funded position and is therefore not governed by City Civil Service Rules.

Condition of Employment: This position will require a through Saint Paul Police Department background check which may include criminal history and employment history as a condition of employment.  The City of Saint Paul encourages individuals to apply for positions regardless of criminal history. 

Human Resources Contact Information:  
Dan Ferralez at 651-266-6596
200 City Hall Annex
25 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Fax: 651-266-6490

To refer to this information, we recommend you print this job posting before you apply. For technical assistance regarding the online application, please call 1-855-524-5627 during regular business hours.


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