The first step to become a certified peace officer in North Dakota is to be hired by a police agency.
To help you do that the North Dakota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board provides a complete list of all agencies and contact information. That list can be found here.
Requirements & Qualifications
In order to get hired as a police officer in North Dakota, a set of qualifications must be met. These minimum qualifications apply statewide, although some jurisdictions may have some additional qualifications above the minimum standards that must be met. First and foremost, the applicant for a job must be a U.S. citizen and have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent.
No applicant will be accepted if they have pled guilty to or have been convicted in any state or federal court of a felony, a crime of moral turpitude, a domestic violence crime or “any offense that has a direct bearing on the applicant’s ability to serve as a peace officer.” Applicants prohibited from using or possessing a firearm under state or federal law cannot be hired.
A valid driver’s license is required, and applicants also must undergo a complete background investigation involving fingerprint cards that will be run through state and federal records. A medical examination and a psychological evaluation will be conducted.
After these minimum standards are met the candidate can be hired as a peace officer, but is not finished with the certification process. New officers must meet a sidearm qualification, including a written examination and qualify on a shooting range. At that stage the new officer will be issued a limited peace officer license, allowing the new officer to begin performing police duties.
Police Academy Standards & Training
Basic training will be the next step for the new officer, who must then attend the first available training session at the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Bismarck, and then pass the North Dakota Peace Officer Licensing Examination after successfully completing the course. After passing the examination, the new officer will be granted a Peace Officer License that will have to be renewed in three years.
Peace Officer License Process
The state has published fees for granting a license and for renewal of a license, and a schedule for when it has to be renewed based on the first letter of an officer’s surname at http://www.iadlest.org/ndakota/Home/PeaceOfficerStandards.aspx. There you will find a link for Licensing and Training Requirements.
Candidates should also familiarize themselves with the other links on that page. They provide important details about the process and about the training and firearm certification requirements.
Even more information can be found on the North Dakota POST homepage, particularly on the FAQ link. The home page can be found at www.iadlest.org/ndakota/Home.aspx.
Average Police Officer Salary in North Dakota
According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of North Dakota makes between $43,400 – $48,120 per year. However the data collected by BLS is not very accurate because it does not record overtime pay or off duty work. These two factors, if included in the data, would increase the average salary of a police officer in ND.
Police Officer Jobs in ND
There are several law enforcement job openings in North Dakota. Simply visit our Career Job Opening or go to the official website of the agency you are interested in to complete an application of employment. Below is a list of all the law enforcement agencies in the state of North Dakota.