The City of Dickinson is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. A low crime-rate is attributed to a close-knit relationship between the department and the citizens of Dickinson. The department offers many opportunities for advancement and the chance to get to know the community even further.

Law enforcement is a very demanding, but very rewarding career. The goal of the City of Dickinson is to attract and retain the most qualified individuals available. An open and competitive process is utilized for job openings. Below is a description of the police department hiring process.

To become a police officer with the Dickinson Police Department you must:

The department is dedicated to providing citizens with professional officers of high intergrity. To achieve this, the following document contains items that may disqualify a prospective candidate from employment. Applicants are encouraged to review this document prior to applying.


DISQUALIFY.pdf Disqualification List (31 KB)


Does this sound like you?

If so, then we are interested in you and feel that we have much to offer you! We anticipate a continual high number of openings for police officer positions due to the growth of our city and many upcoming retirements. We hope the information below will answer most of your questions about our department and our application and selection process. If you have further questions, please contact our recruiter, SGT Corey Lee at (701) 456-7757. We look forward to hearing from you!




Selection Process
The City of Dickinson currently partners with Job Service North Dakota in seeking applicants. You may apply for a position with the Dickinson Police Department by picking up an application at Job Service. More information and an application can also be found on the City of Dickinson website and clicking on “Job Openings”. The following steps must be taken by a prospective applicant:

The following steps must be taken by a prospective candidate:

1. Application – Complete a City of Dickinson Employment Application by going to the Dickinson Job Service location (66 Osborn Drive) and requesting an application. The application can also be printed from the City of Dickinson website or downloaded by clicking here (.pdf file). Please include proof of completion of a law enforcement written exam (see step #2).

2. Written Examination – Successfully complete the Ergometrics Frontline Law Enforcement Written Exam on the announced date, with a passing score of 65%. The exam will be administered by the City of Dickinson, and is usually held a few weeks prior to the closing of the job announcement. Test scores are good for a year. If you live near an agency who is also an Ergometrics Frontline client, you may take the test at that location and forward your results to us along with your application. Additionally, we now also accept any written examination result from a reputable law enforcement exam company. To see if your test qualifies, contact Shelly at 701-456-7801. A practice test for the written exam can be found at for a small fee. You may also find more information about the exam at the company's website,

3. Application Review – Following the written exam those applicants with a passing score will have their application reviewed by a screening committee. The screening committee will create a roster and present it to Civil Service for approval. (The roster size will vary depending on the number of openings.) Upon approval the successful candidates will be granted an initial interview.

4. Interview Board – The interview board will consist of street Sergeants and Senior Patrol Officers, Detectives, and usually another administrative employee. The board generally narrows the field to two (depending on the number of openings) at this point.

5. Chief’s Interview Board – Candidates that were suggested for employment by the interview board will be given a Chief's interview. Efforts are made to hold this interview on the same day of the main interview, but is not guaranteed.

6. Background Investigation- The top few candidates from the Chief's interview will undergo background checks. Investigators contact present and past employers, references, acquaintances, and conduct investigation into criminal history, driving records, and credit status. All information is held in strict confidence and will not be released. The Dickinson Police Department is firmly committed to the equal and impartial treatment of all applicants. The investigation will examine your background and who you are in great detail. We want to ensure that our employees will provide the citizens of our community and those who visit our city the best service possible.

7. Polygraph Examination- The department reserves the ability to have candidates submit to a polygraph examination. The examination can last for a few hours, but will give great insight into your character and morals.

8. Conditional Offer- Pending the outcome of the background checks, the Chief will give the applicant a Conditional Offer of Employment . A few more checks are done prior to making a final employment offer.

9. Final Review- Upon review of the selection process, the Chief will make the Final Offer of Employment. Congratulations and Welcome Aboard!

10. Probationary Period- All officers are required to remain on a probationary status for at least 3 months.


Field Training Operations Program (FTO)
Upon employment, the new officer is put through a rigorous, 12-week training program. During that time, the new officer spends his/her time with a Training Officer and "learns the ropes" of police work. After completion of the FTO program, the new officer is placed on his/her own and begins taking calls. If the new officer is not a Police Academy graduate, the department then sends the officer to the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Bismarck, ND. The officer spends 11 weeks at the academy.



Reciprocity and Other Training
Generally, applicants who are licensed/certified from another state will be granted reciprocity. However, the final determination comes from the North Dakota Peace Officers Standards and Training (NDPOST) Board. If reciprocity is granted, the new officer will only be required to attend two weeks of North Dakota criminal and traffic law training at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Bismarck.

Lake Region State College in Devils Lake also offers Peace Officer training. Students are enrolled in a 17-week program very similar to the state's Law Enforcement Academy. After successful completion, students are licensable peace officers in the State of North Dakota. This means that upon hire, the hiring department submits the officer's credentials to the NDPOST Board and the officer then becomes officially licensed. Students at LRSC also earn college credits towards an AAS degree in Law Enforcement.

For more information about the training academies, click on their links below.

North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA)



Comments and Questions
Comments and questions regarding employment opportunities can be directed to our recruiter, SGT Corey Lee at:

Phone: 701-456-7757 or Click to Email .