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Join the Eagan Police

There are many reasons officers join the Eagan Police Department: to help people, for the variety of work, or because they want to be part of a diverse and friendly department.

Eagan officers also find the community very supportive and involved. The department is intentional about creating opportunities for community involvement, from events meeting residents to volunteering with community groups while on duty.

Our Values

The Eagan Police Department is committed to providing public safety and maintaining public trust by serving with respect and professionalism.

We believe the key to our success is in hiring high quality officers and support staff while providing them with excellent training, equipment, and supervision.

Eagan officer attending a training

Career Paths

Eagan police officers can choose from a variety of career paths, but all officers are part of the diverse and supportive work environment.

"Eagan's kind of the premiere law enforcement agency in Minnesota," says Patrol Officer Aaron Machtemes. "They really invest in their officers with training, and even wellness programs."

Pathways to Officer

Traditional Route: Minimum 2-year degree in law enforcement and completion of Skills

Diagram of possible career paths through the Eagan Police Department

Police Cadet: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college program to obtain a two- or four-year degree or already possess a degree.  Once accepted, the applicant may be eligible for tuition reimbursement while completing their degree.  Applicants will work part-time as a cadet earning $25.20/hour while attending school.  Successful cadets will be promoted to a full-time police officer.

Pathways to Policing: Designed to bring non-traditional candidates into law enforcement, this program requires a minimum 2-year degree in any field.  Once accepted, the City of Eagan will pay for the applicant $25.20/hour to attend Hennepin Technical College (approximately 22 weeks) and then take the licensing exam.  Successful candidates will be promoted to a full-time police officer.

Diagram of possible career paths through the Eagan Police Department

Pathway to Specialty Units

Specialty units require 1-3 years experience in Law Enforcement and a standard testing process. Some of these units include Investigations, Crime Scene, SWAT, Drone, K9, and more.

Diagram of possible career paths through the Eagan Police Department

Promotion Pathway

Promotions normally require a minimum of 3 years in the current position and a testing process.
Officer > Sergeant > Lieutenant > Deputy Chief > Chief

Promotion path through the Eagan Police Department

Specialty Units

  • Investigations
  • Hostage Negotiation
  • School Resource Officers
  • Crime Scene Technicians
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Drone Team
  • Mobile Field Force
  • Computer Forensics
  • Multi-Housing
  • Honor Guard
  • Special Ops
  • SWAT
  • K-9
  • Enhanced Patrol Unit
  • Drug Recognition Experts
Eagan office dusting for prints Eagan officer prepping a drone for launch Eagan officer speaking with a resident Eagan officer and his K9 partner

Hiring Process

All new police officers participate in a four-week in house academy. After the academy, new officers are paired with three field training officers until they transition to solo patrol. The Eagan Police field training program rewards hard work and high standards and works to develop recruits into reliable police officers who have the desire and ability to serve our community with compassion and courage.

As the wants and needs of our community change, we need to be able to change how we do things, as well.


Deputy Chief

Portrait of Deputy Chief Andy Speakman


Officers enjoy a variety of training opportunities, a wellness program with participation incentives, and many more benefits.

  • Starting Salary - $74,182/year
  • Top patrol officer pay - $104,819 (achieved after 36 months)
  • Longevity pay for 5 years (4%), 10 years (2.5%) and 15 years of service (2.5%)
  • A 9% increase over top patrol for a 15 year veteran
  • Holiday check on December 1st - 125 hours of pay
  • Paid vacations (120 hours for the first year)
  • Paid sick leave (accrues at 8 hours per month) that has unlimited accrual
  • 10 hour workdays
  • Voluntary on-duty fitness program with incentives
  • Wellness Incentive Program
  • Tuition reimbursement for continuing formal education

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