The Dearborn Police Department is hiring an entry-level police officer to join its team. This is entry-level police work in the protection of life and property, the prevention of crime, and the enforcement of criminal and traffic laws and local ordinances, as well as the apprehension of suspects and criminals. Employees must be able to independently exercise quick but sound judgment in applying police methods in emergency situations. As the employee acquires experience on the job additional responsibility will be granted. Employee works in a designated area on an assigned shift and may be assigned to special detail or training under supervision. Work is supervised by a superior officer through personal inspection, review of reports, and general appraisal of the effectiveness of the police service.

Employee interacts in a consistently pleasant and helpful manner to fellow employees, visitors, and citizens of the City of Dearborn and demonstrates the highest standards of internal and external customer service. The salary is $76,991/year. The position will remain open until filled.

Apply for the Dearborn Police Department’s Police Officer Position

Based on the responsibilities and requirements listed below, interested applicants must submit the application online with the following information:

  1. College transcripts
  2. Written notification from MCOLES of Physical Agility and Written Test scores or MCOLES # if currently certified.
  3. DD214 (if applicable)

NOTE: Do not include picture IDs, social security cards, or birth certificates with applications.

The results at each step in the application process will determine eligibility for continuation to subsequent steps. The process will include application review, written exam, personal history questionnaire, oral-board interview, background investigation, and chief’s interview. Non-certified applicants who are selected will be enrolled in a police academy. All candidates are required to successfully complete a Field Training Program.

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Essential Job Functions (Functions essential to attaining job objectives):

  • Affects an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.
  • Pursues fleeing suspects on foot, both day and night, in unfamiliar terrain.
  • Subdues resisting subjects using hands and feet while employing defensive tactics maneuvers or approved nonlethal weapons.
  • Climbs over obstacles; climbs through openings; jumps down from elevated surfaces; jumps over obstacles, ditches, and streams; and crawls in confined areas to pursue, search, investigate, and/or rescue.
  • Uses body force to gain entrance through barriers to search, seize, investigate and/or rescue.
  • Enters and exits vehicles quickly to perform rescue operations, pursues a suspect, or answers an emergency call.
  • Loads, unloads, aims, and accurately fires handguns, shotguns, and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions in situations that justify the use of deadly force while maintaining emotional control under extreme stress.
  • Performs tasks that require lifting, carrying, or dragging people or heavy objects while performing arrests, rescues, or general patrol functions.
  • Performs law enforcement patrol functions while working rotating shifts or with variable off days, and unanticipated overtime.
  • Conducts searches of buildings, homes, and outdoor areas which may involve walking and standing for long periods of time and which requires the ability to see from a distance, to distinguish color and perceive shapes as well as discern smells, tastes, and tactile sensations.
  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Performs searches of persons which involve touching and feeling to detect potential weapons and contraband.
  • And much more!

Marginal Job Functions (Peripheral or incidental to primary job functions):

  • Assists jail administrator in City lock-up facility.
  • Maintains order in court and conducts prisoner to court from detention quarters.
  • Serves criminal processes including warrants and subpoenas.
  • Furnishes escorts when required.
  • Performs related work as assigned.


  • Some knowledge of:
    • Modern approved principles, practices, and procedures of police work.
    • Federal and state laws and City ordinances, and of departmental rules and regulations.
    • First aid methods.
  • Satisfactorily complete required training.
  • Learn streets and physical layout of the City and adjoining areas within an appropriate time frame.
  • Perform essential job functions either with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Cooperate with other officers and employees, accept lines of authority, and deal courteously but firmly with the general public.


ASSOCIATE DEGREE in Law Enforcement (enrolled in the final semester is acceptable) or two years of related college-level coursework (60 credit hours) or a Bachelor’s or higher degree in any discipline or the equivalent in combined education and related experience.

Related experience may include certified PA330 Security Police, Corrections Officer/Deputy or prior certified Police Officer experience or graduation from or currently enrolled in a Michigan Police Academy or a minimum:

  • Two years of any military duty with Honorable Discharge.
  • Six years of Military Reserve or National Guard experience with an Honorable Discharge or currently active with good standing.
  • Six years of Police Reserve experience.


  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license issued by the State of Michigan and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Must meet Michigan Law Enforcement Training Council testing requirements and physical standards (to be determined post-job offer) for certification as a police officer.

For More Information about the Dearborn Police Officer Position

Please direct all questions and comments to the Dearborn Police Department’s website or contact Eric Raby by email or phone, (313) 943-2238.

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