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101 4th Street SE
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-6800
Fax: 507-328-6975

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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Job Information

Notice of Examination CSO 2014

Please follow the below link to the City of Rochester's employment page for application information.

Online applications are encouraged.  For an instructional video and additional information about applying online, please click this link to the City of Rochester's employment page.  From this page, we ask that you open the full- and part-time opportunities page and scroll thru the available job titles to begin your application.  Please note that if you have applied online previously, it is not necessary to create a new application.  Your prior information may be edited/updated for use with this opportunity.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact our Human Resources Department by calling (507) 328-2555 or by visiting their office at 201 4th St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

Submit an Electronic Job Interest Card

Whether actively interviewing or not, the Rochester Police Department is always looking for qualified recruits.  If you are interested in employment opportunities with our Department then we encourage you to submit an electronic job interest card.  This information will be maintained by the City of Rochester for a period of one year.  It will be used to notify you of job opportunities as they become available.  This includes police department positions and opportunities in other city departments.  Use this link to submit this information.

Nature of Work

General duty police work in protecting life and property, maintaining order, preventing crimes, apprehending criminals, and enforcing laws and ordinances in a manner consistent with our mission statement. 

Use this link to view the job description for the position of police officer.


The 2012 Salary Range for police officer is: $24.19 to $32.80/hr. Top salary is achieved after four years of service. Uniforms and essential uniform equipment are provided, including: pants, shirts, badges, shoes, leather gear, handcuffs, flashlight, gun, portable radio, cell phone, digital recorders, body armor, mace, hat, jackets, rain gear, etc.   

The Rochester Police Department may be able to bring in experienced officers at higher starting salaries than the entry rate, depending upon the nature of the previous experience and skills.   

Click here to review the 2012-13 LELS Police Contract.


Officers are able to obtain family medical and dental coverage with the City of Rochester covering a substantial majority of the cost.  The City provides life insurance for employees at no cost.

Retirement Benefits

Excellent retirement benefits are provided through the Minnesota Public Employee's Association Police & Fire Fund.  There is a small employee contribution to the fund.  There is an additional employer contribution.  In general, retirement benefits are 3% of the average salary earned over the highest five earning years multiplied by the total number of years of service.  Vested employees can retire at age 50 with minor penalties for early retirement or with full benefits at age 55.  For more specific information contact the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association. 

Optional employer-sponsored deferred compensation plans are available to supplement retirement benefits.

Work Schedule

Newly hired officers will be assigned to the Patrol Division.  The Patrol Division works a 12-hour schedule with four days on and four days off.  The standard work year is 2,184 hours.  Two patrol platoons work rotating schedules, one works permanent day shifts and one works permanent night shifts.

Residency Requirement

There is no prescribed residency requirement for Police Department employees.  Officers are able to live within whatever commuting distance they find tolerable.

Size of Department

Budgeted for 133.5 sworn police personnel consisting of 1 Police Chief, 3 Captains, 9 Lieutenants, 23 Sergeants, and 97.5 Police Officers.  There are currently 58 non-sworn support staff including 10 Community Service Officers.  Our total full-time equivalent strength is 191.5.

Police Officer License & Out-of-state Reciprocity Testing

Applicants do not need to be MN POST licensed to submit an employment application.  An applicant must be eligible to be licensed as a police officer in Minnesota no later than 30 days after date of hire.

Applicants who are licensed as police officers in other states or who have served as military police for five years or more may be eligible to take the MN POST license reciprocity examination.

We recommend that you check with the MN POST Board for details concerning license eligibility and reciprocity issues.


For questions about initial training, work schedules, specialty assignments, or other issues relating to the profession, the Rochester Police Department or police operations, etc., please contact the Police Department Staff Development Unit at (507) 328-6896.  You can also send an email message to rpdjobs@rochestermn.gov.  

For questions regarding employee benefits, hiring schedules, etc, please contact our Human Resources Department  at (507) 328-2555.  You can also send an email message to humanresources@rochestermn.gov.  

EEOP Short Form

The Rochester Police Department is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Copies of the department's Equal Employment Opportunity Short Form are available upon request and also from the link below:
City of Rochester Police Department EEOP Short Form 2014 - Signed