Apply Now for Seat on Peace Officer Standards & Training Board

The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) has a vacancy for an elected official from a Greater Minnesota city with a population under 5,000. This position was vacated by Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko on Jan. 2. The POST Board licenses peace officers; establishes minimum qualifications and standards of conduct; and regulates professional and continuing education for peace officers.

Members are expected to have a working knowledge of state government in general, the POST Board’s scope and mission, administrative rules, the POST Board’s bylaws, and rules of the organization. Members should strive to maintain the best interests of the citizens of the state in their decision-making.

Powers, duties, and membership
The powers and duties of the POST Board are to:

  • Administer a professional licensing program, which includes examination development and administration, licensure, and re-licensure.
  • Develop, coordinate, and approve continuing education programs for peace officers and part-time peace officers.
  • Work cooperatively with law enforcement trainers, educators, and practitioners to develop in-service training programs.
  • Help offset local governments’ expenses for peace officer training through administration of a reimbursement program.
  • Develop learning objectives for and certify the Professional Peace Officer Education programs at participating colleges and universities.
  • Provide technical assistance to colleges, universities, law enforcement agencies, and other groups involved in the practice of law enforcement and law enforcement education.
  • Conduct studies and research projects that relate to peace officer education and the practice of law enforcement.
  • Establish and implement professional policy standards of conduct for agencies.
  • Process allegations of professional misconduct and the unauthorized practice of law enforcement.
  • Prepare and transmit annually to the governor and Legislature a report of activities.

Membership includes:

  • Two sheriffs.
  • Four municipal police officers (at least two chiefs of police).
  • Two peace officers, one who is a member of the Minnesota Trooper’s Association.
  • Two peace officers or former peace officers currently employed in a professional peace officer education program.
  • One administrator of a Minnesota college or university that offers professional peace officer education.
  • One elected city official from a city under 5,000 in population.
  • Two members of the general public

The superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is an ex-officio member.

See a list of the current POST Board members

The Board meets four times a year. The 2017 meetings will be on Jan. 26, April 27, July 27, and Oct. 26. All meetings are at 10 a.m. at the POST Board offices in St. Paul. POST Board members are paid $55 per diem. To apply, submit an application through the Secretary of State’s appointment process (at the link below) as soon as possible. Interested city officials are strongly encouraged to also let League staff know if they intend to apply. Contact League staff member Heather Corcoran at or (651) 281-1256.

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