The Canton Police Department is accepting applications for immediate openings for a full-time Police Officer. Applicants that are certified/lateral officers or individuals that will be certified/graduate from Police Academy are encouraged to apply. The department is a full-time law enforcement agency currently budgeted for 100 sworn officers, with plans to increase Canton Police Officers over the next several years. Canton is a community-oriented agency that provides professional police service beyond traditional enforcement.

For this position, the annual salary ranges from $66,245-$99,156. The Canton Police Department offers a lateral compensation program based on full-time experience. Current full-time sworn law enforcement officer lateral transfer pay for 2024:

  • 1-6 months experience – $66,245
  • 6-12 months experience – $74,412
  • 12-24 months experience – $82,577
  • 25-36 months experience – $93,464
  • A Police Officer’s top pay under the POAM contract is $99,156 after two years of service.

Applications are open until the position is filled.

Canton Police Officer Duties

This is general police work protecting life and property and enforcing criminal and traffic laws and local ordinances. A Canton Police Officer is responsible for protecting life and property; prevention of crime; apprehension of criminals; and enforcing laws and ordinances in a designated area on an assigned shift. The employee may be assigned to special details and a training capacity.

The employee must be able to independently exercise quick but sound judgment in applying appropriate police methods in emergencies. As the employee acquires experience on the job, they will be granted additional responsibility. Work is supervised by a superior officer through personal inspection, review of reports, and through general appraisal of the effectiveness of the police service.


  • Certified or certifiable as a Michigan Police Officer or currently enrolled in a recognized Police Academy; must have Police Officer Certification from the State of Michigan at the time of hire.
  • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement or a related field
  • Must possess a valid Michigan Driver’s License with a driving history that does not create liability concerns, I.E., convictions of reckless driving, careless driving, suspended license, or convictions involving drinking and impaired driving.
  • Successful completion of the MCOLES Reading and Writing Skills Examination.
  • Applicants must have completed MCOLES Physical Fitness Test within the past twelve months at the interview.


  • Ability to learn the streets and physical layout of the Township and adjoining areas.
  • Some knowledge of first aid methods, modern approved principles, practices, and procedures of police work.
  • Some skills in the use of firearms.
  • Ability to learn and uphold relevant state laws and Township ordinances.
  • Ability to satisfactorily complete required training.
  • Ability to react competently, quickly, and calmly in emergency conditions.
  • Ability and strength for prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.
  • Ability to cooperate with supervisors and other employees and to accept lines of authority.
  • Ability to deal with the public tactfully and courteously.
  • Ability and willingness to comply with the Department’s Standards of Appearance policy.

Overview of Benefits

  • Lateral transfer for Officers with at least one year of full-time law enforcement experience.
  • Starting base pay is $66,245.
  • MERS Defined Benefit Pension.
    • Multiplier – 2.5% of base wage
    • Retirement Eligibility – Age 53/25 years of service
  • The position includes Sick Leave, Paid Time Off, and Holiday Pay.
  • Medical (BCN), Dental, Prescription, and Life Insurance are provided.
  • Vision Reimbursement.
  • Short/Long Term Disability.
  • 12-hour shifts.
  • Three-day weekend off every other week.
  • Facial hair is permitted and their tattoo policy is updated.

How to Apply

Applications are available online. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If you have any questions about the available positions or what the department offers, please direct all questions and comments to Amanda Canute by phone at (734) 394-5118 or email at

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