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05-10-05, 01:51 AM
i'd like to know which states don't have an age limit for hiring police officers.
would appreciate an answer.

05-10-05, 02:01 AM
You mean for hiring?

05-10-05, 04:00 AM
yes, for hiring.

05-10-05, 04:26 AM
Minnesota has no minimum age requirement.

Technically if some one was able to complete their two year degree and the skills requirement they could get hired around their 17th birth day. They would have to use the PSEO (Post Secondary Education Opprotunity) to take the college courses while in high school. You must have a valid drivers license to start the skills portion of the class and you must be 16 to get your license in this state.


To become eligible for a Minnesota Peace Officer License, students must earn a two- or four-year degree from one of twenty POST-certified Peace Officer education programs (list available). Interested individuals should contact any of the PPOE program coordinators for enrollment information. The coordinator can explain more about the program at that school and whether or not any previous course work may be applied toward their program.

Individuals who hold a two- or four-year degree from a non-POST certified school or out-of-state educational institution are not required to complete another degree program. These individuals are eligible to complete a certificate program of study which generally requires the completion of only the law enforcement education courses. Contact program coordinators for more information.
Participation Requirements for Admission to a PPOE Program (Minnesota Rules 6700.0300 Subp.5)
No student may be admitted to a professional Peace Officer education program who:
1. Poses a serious threat to the health or safety of themselves or others;
2. Has been convicted of any crime listed as a disqualification from appointment to the position of peace officer under part 6700.0700.

Minimum Selection Standards for Hiring a Person Eligible for Licensing by Law Enforcement Agencies (Minnesota Rules 6700.0700)

Applicants should also be aware of the Minimum Selection Standards for hiring a person eligible for licensing by law enforcement agencies. The following is a summary of those standards as set forth in Minnesota Rules 6700.0700.
The applicant must:
1. Be a citizen of the United States;
2. Possess a valid driver's license or be eligible to obtain such in Minnesota or in case of residency therein, a valid driver's license from a contiguous state; or eligibility to obtain either license;
3. Complete a comprehensive written application;
4. Submit to a thorough background investigation;
5. Not have been convicted of a felony or under Minnesota Statutes, section 609.224, 609.2242, 609.231, 609.2325, 609.233, 609.2335, 609.234, 609.324, 609.465, 609.466, 609.52, or 609.72, subdivision 3; or convicted under any state or federal narcotics or controlled substance law irrespective or any proceeding under Minnesota Statues, section 152.18, or any similar law of another state or federal law; or any of the crimes listed in this item in another state or federal jurisdiction, or under a local ordinance that would be a conviction if committed in Minnesota;
6. Be fingerprinted for background check;
7. Undergo a thorough medical examination;
8. Undergo an evaluation by a licensed psychologist;
9. Pass a job-related examination of physical strength and agility;
10. Successfully complete an oral examination demonstrating communication skills.


After successfully completing the degree program, or the certificate program, students must pass the Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Examination.
"Violations of the following standards," according to Minnesota Rules 6700.0601, "shall be grounds to deny an applicant to take an examination or to deny eligibility for a license."
The standards are summarized as follows:
1. Making any false material statement to the Board;
2. Communicating with any other person during the examination;
3. Unauthorized reference to books or study materials during the examination;
4. Obstructing a Board investigation;
5. Unauthorized possession of any Board examination;
6. Aiding another person in the violation of the above standards;
7. Has been convicted of any crime listed as a disqualification from appointment to the position of peace officer under part 6700.0700, subpart 1, item E.


Students who have successfully completed the required PPOE and passed the Peace Officer Licensing Examination are termed "eligible to be licensed." However, completing the education requirements and passing the licensing examination does not result in licensure. Individuals who are "eligible to be licensed" are not licensed until they are hired by a law enforcement agency and can satisfy the Minimum Selection Standards listed earlier. In their hiring process a law enforcement agency may apply its own additional standards. The hiring agency also determines the physical standards its own personnel must meet.

05-10-05, 05:31 AM
yes, for hiring.

05-10-05, 07:15 AM
Usually, I believe it to be 21 years old. You can't even purchase a handgun until that age. Every dept I know of it's 21.

05-10-05, 12:37 PM
I believe the age for peace officers in TN according to state code is 18. However, rarely will any depts hire anyone younger than 21.

Whether it is law or not on a minimum standard, you can bet many depts have their own standards on age limits to hire.

05-10-05, 12:54 PM
Detroit will hire at 18 too. In Oregon it's 21 minimum, no maximum.

05-10-05, 01:20 PM
Virginia: 21 min/no max.

05-10-05, 04:29 PM
KS is 21 no max

05-11-05, 12:42 AM
In Washington min is 21, there is no max.

05-11-05, 08:33 AM
PA 21 min and no max.