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The Fargo Police Department prides itself on the professional growth of its officers and the partnership we have with the City we serve.  Our men and women are committed to providing our community with the most professional policing services available. As the largest municipal agency in the region, the Fargo Police Department provides its officers with a wide variety of opportunities for advancement through promotion, lateral and secondary positions.

In order to join our ranks, you must be prepared to go through a very challenging and complex hiring process. We strive to find only those candidates who possess a strong work ethic, have high moral character, are resolute in their honesty and integrity, and have a sincere desire to serve their community. Only the best candidates are successful and we want you to be one of them.

Now taking applications for Lateral Police Officer

Lateral Police Officer

The City of Fargo is currently recruiting experienced Police Officers for multiple positions to work in an exciting and progressive law enforcement setting with the Fargo Police Department.

Police Officers perform general policing functions intended to ensure the safety and security of lives and property within the City.

Activities include patrol, traffic enforcement, and investigative duties.  Officers work under general supervision of a Sergeant and are assigned to a particular area of the City.  Officers may be assigned to special activities or projects on an on-going or short-term basis (e.g., crime prevention, investigations, school resource officer, etc.).  The work performed involves a considerable risk to personal safety for self and others and requires quick decision making when determining the appropriate action to take in a given situation.  While much of this work is performed independently and without the immediate presence of a supervisor, incumbents are required to draw upon their extensive training and the department procedural guidelines, mandates, and laws governing an officer's response and conduct when determining the appropriate action to take in a particular situation.  Officers are subject to call back at most times.  Officers may respond to situations outside of Fargo and across state lines when called in for mutual aid.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years of full-time law enforcement experience

         *Please note the following experience is not regarded as law enforcement for the purpose 
            of this application:
            -Deputy/Officer employed in a jail or prison setting
            -A volunteer Reserve Police Officer
            -A Military Police Officer
            -A District Attorney Investigator
            -Employment on a part-time basis

  • Possess a current Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification in North Dakota or another state

         *If the POST certification is from another state and the incumbent is currently separated from
           law enforcement, the separation must not exceed 34 months.

Incumbent is required to pass pre-employment assessments and tests. A valid State of North Dakota peace officer license must be acquired upon hire or as determined by the department and a valid driver’s license is also required.

Applicants are subject to a background investigation, credit check, and personal history questionnaire screening.  Upon a conditional offer, the candidate will be required to complete a BCI background check, polygraph, psychological exam, pre-placement evaluation, and drug screening.

Compensation and benefits

The salary range for this position is $24.53 - $25.97/hour ($51,022 - $54,018/year) depending on experience. The City offers a competitive benefit package, to include a defined pension.

Application Information

Applications will be collected on an ongoing basis and reviewed periodically as positions become available. For a complete job description and to apply for the position visit

After you submit your online application, Contact Sergeant Tom Morris to schedule an appointment to take the written entrance exam by calling (701) 476-4104 or email  

You will need to complete the Personal History Information Packetand bring this with you to your appointment.

Veteran's Preference

Under North Dakota State Century Code 37-19.1, Veterans are entitled to preference, over all other applicants, in recruitment and selection processes by governmental agencies, provided that such veteran is a United States citizen at the time of application for employment.

The Fargo Police Department has a great career waiting for you as a Fargo Police Officer.

Upcoming testing dates and locations

Testing Date:  TBD

Closing Date: TBD

Testing Location: TBD

Preparing for testing

Applicants may prepare for the written exam by downloading the Police Orientation Guide

On the day of testing

Applicants will first take the written test. Those applicants who successfully pass the written exam with a 75% or above will move on to the oral interview panel. Those applicants who successfully pass the oral interview panel with a 75% or above will complete a Personal Employment Profile questionnaire.

You must bring with you: 

Interviews for those who are licensed or license eligible, and those who are traveling in from out of town will immediately follow the written exam.

For more information contact:

Sergeant Tom Shaw                      
(701) 241-8107                       

Officer Travis Berger
(701) 241-1441 

Sergeant Tom Morris
(701) 476-4104

Human Resources  
(701) 241-8162