AAPD Lateral & Entry Level Police Officer

The City of Ann Arbor is looking for entry-level and lateral candidates as Police Officers with the Ann Arbor Police Department. Entry-level police officer candidates should have less than two years of experience in a sworn law enforcement position, and lateral candidates should have 2 or more years of sworn law enforcement experience. For out-of-state applicants, the MCOLES Recognition of Prior Training must be completed by the time of hire.

If you have not yet completed the police academy, please see our cadet position information. If applications are submitted for entry-level police officers, and the candidate has not completed the academy or is not currently enrolled in a police academy within the State of Michigan, the application will not be accepted.

Job Description

This sworn law enforcement position protects life and property by enforcing laws and ordinances. This position interacts professionally with citizens and responds to calls for service. Work involves responsibility for performing assigned police work of varying difficulty utilizing community-oriented/problem-solving techniques which include: community engagement, resource development, enforcing laws and ordinances, crime prevention, detection and investigation, apprehension of violators, preservation of order, and related police functions. Frequently involves performing hazardous and strenuous tasks and exercising initiative and judgment in various situations endangering life or property.

The position also involves shift work and the potential to work weekends and holidays.​


The starting salaries for the entry-level and lateral Police Officers positions are as follows:

  • Police academy graduate without prior law enforcement experience or less than 1 year of prior sworn law enforcement experience:
    • w/Associate’s: $60,000 annually
    • w/Bachelor’s: $61,350 annually
  • Lateral Police Officer (1 year of sworn law enforcement experience):
    • w/Associate’s: $63,500 annually
    • w/Bachelor’s: $64,928.75 annually
  • Lateral Police Officer (2 years of sworn law enforcement experience):
    • w/Associate’s: $67,000 annually
    • w/Bachelor’s: $68,507.50 annually
  • Lateral Police Officer (3+ years of sworn law enforcement experience):
    • w/Associate’s: $70,500 annually
    • w/Bachelor’s: $72,086.25 annually

Full wage tables are at the end of the current AAPOA contract.

There is an earning potential under the current contract:

  • After 10 years of service with the AAPD, the salary of a Police Officer is:
    • w/Associate’s: $95,000 annually
    • w/Bachelor’s: $97,137.50 annually (base pay)
  • After 10 years of service, the salary for a Detective is:
    • w/Associate’s: $104,500 annually
    • w/Bachelor’s: $106,851.25 annually (base pay)


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.
  • An Associate’s Degree or equivalent college credits (60) is required at the time of hire.
  • Must be MCOLES certifiable or have completed the MCOLES Recognition of Prior Training for out-of-state candidates at the time of hire (for entry-level and lateral candidates).
  • If hired, the candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than their start date or have a City of Ann Arbor-approved medical/religious exemption.

Additional information on licensing standards concerning prohibited criminal adjudications of guilt, psychological fitness, hearing, vision, physical abilities and other requirements can be located on the MCOLES Licensing Standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers page.


  • Medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans after 90 days of employment.
  • Defined benefit pension plan with a 2.75 multiplier at 25 years of service.
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave (after six months of employment).
  • Education reimbursement up to $5,000/year after one year of service.
  • Holiday incentives for 16 city-recognized Holidays.
  • Educational incentives after one year.
  • Ongoing commitment to internal and external training opportunities.
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance.
  • Flexible spending account.
  • Wellness incentive programs.
  • Employee assistance programs.
  • Longevity increases after seven years, 12 years, and 18 years of service.
  • Reciprocal Pension Service Time is available for pension-qualified applicants.

This position is represented by the AAPOA union. For additional benefits information, please visit the AAPOA Benefits Summary.

How To Apply For the Lateral & Entry Level Police Officer Positions

You must apply online if you are interested and wish to be considered for a position with the City of Ann Arbor’s Police Department. Only completed applications will be considered to move to the next hiring process step. You will be able to see the status of your application when you log in to our website. Also, please forward the link to any interested candidates.

The application deadline is Monday, January 1, 2024.

For More Information

For questions and comments about the police officer positions, please feel free to contact Sgt. Ryan Scott by phone, (734) 794-6920, or email, rscott@a2gov.org; additionally, you can visit the Ann Arbor Police Department’s website.

About the Ann Arbor Police Department

The AAPD is a full-service department with many services and units. These include a uniform patrol, detective section, Metro SWAT, hostage negotiation team, underwater search and rescue, polygraph, computer forensics, traffic services unit, K9, motorcycle and bicycle patrols, and community engagement unit. The Ann Arbor Police Department is committed to a community-oriented policing philosophy and strives for high community engagement across all divisions.

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