A large department with many opportunities. The academy training is great but you will receive very little on going training.
The shifts are usually staffed to minimums and backup is close.
The department has an award winning Canine unit.
It is a big city with big city crime, you can keep busy with good quality arrests.
You will get no support from the chief and administration. The department is run by a politician. Police work is being replaced with social services.
Equipment is old but serviceable. SPPD drives it's squads to 130,000 miles. Rifles are old military surplus.
Advice to Management
Support your officers. Don't be swayed by public perception. Think of something more important than yourself.
I have been working at Saint Paul Police Department full-time (More than 8 years)
Saint Paul is a fun place to work. The officers mostly like to have fun and you will get the "big city" police feel without a lot of the real "big city" issues. There is plenty of work to do and there are plenty of opportunities to do something other than patrol.
As of 2015, it seems that the current administration and city leadership do not have the officers' best interests at heart. The administration argued for the city (against the officers) during a contract arbitration. The administration argued that the officers should not get the raise proposed by the Federation. There have been some high-profile incidents which have resulted in the administration choosing a very upward departure in discipline from the recommended discipline given by the Civilian Review Board.
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