How can I wear the badge?

We're glad you asked!  There are a couple of different paths to becoming a Minnesota police officer.

More than 10,000 Minnesota men and women serve communities across our state as licensed peace officers.  They find it a rewarding career choice that supports their desire to serve and make a difference in their hometowns.  Click the box on the left to watch our news conference announcing Wear the Badge.  The campaign was created by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association to help Minnesotans explore this career, answer questions and tell the true story of what is it like to protect and serve in the 21st Century.

Mike's story

Officer Mike Santos has served for several years with the Shakopee Police Department.  In this video, he talks about the experience in his life that led him to choose to Wear the Badge.
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Mike's Story

Trooper Michael Cleveland had a successful career in sales and marketing but decided he wanted to make a change. Learn how he found the LETO program and serves the Minnesota State Patrol.
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