The Grand Rapids Police Department is currently hiring certified/lateral officers or any officers that will be certified/graduate from a police academy by August 2023 and must be available to work nights, weekends, and holidays. For this position, the annual salary ranges from $56,824.01 – $88,276.00. Please note that this job posting is for those who are currently Certified Police Officers or are enrolled in a Police Academy and will be certified by August 2023.

The deadline for officers to apply is September 27, 2023. Read the post for additional position information.

Grand Rapids Police Officers Position Opening

The purpose of this job is to patrol, community police, and provide tactical skills, which include the following:

  • Provide police services to the general public and patrol city streets to protect its citizens.
  • Enforce city ordinances and state laws.
  • Offer professional police presence where needed and requested.
  • Interview complaints, suspects, and witnesses to criminal activity.
  • Testify in criminal, civil, or administrative court cases when required.
  • Serve and protect the life and property of those within the city limits of Grand Rapids.
  • Enforce laws and ordinances.
  • Work with citizens to address problems and improves police and community relations.
  • Perform tactical operations throughout the city.
  • Responsible for Patrol Officer duties in any capacity needed or requested throughout the City, which includes special events, foot, bike, uniformed or plainclothes, and Segway patrols.

Minimum Requirements and Experience

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a valid driver’s license or obtain a Michigan Driver’s license by the hire date.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Some experience with communicating with people under varying circumstances.
  • Required to meet initial employment requirements as established by the Civil Service Board.
  • Must take and receive a passing score on the Grand Rapids Civil Service Exam for Police Officers.
    • Study guides are available at GR Public Libraries or for purchase.
  • Possess good moral character.
  • Possess good reading and writing skills.
  • Have a clear record of any felonies and certain misdemeanors.
  • Meet all State of Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance starting on the first day.
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan.
  • Twelve (12) Paid Holidays.
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Time.
  • Paid Parking (if applicable).
  • Tuition Reimbursement and professional development opportunities.
  • Paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program with counseling sessions.
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program.
  • Voluntary benefits include term life insurance, flexible spending account, disability insurance, and deferred compensation plan options.

Hiring Steps

Qualified candidates will be invited to a date on which the below sequential steps will be offered. Each step must be successfully passed to move on to the next.

  1. Apply online before September 27, 2023.
  2. Civil Service examinations will be held on July 12, August 2, September 6, and October 4, 2023. 

  3. Entrance Exam (8 AM):
    1. National Criminal Justice Officer Selection Inventory (cognitive/integrity.)

    b. Oral Exam (10AM-12PM): A structured interview proctored by a panel of Human Resources and Police personnel.
    c. Interview (1-5PM): Facilitated by the Police Chief.
    d. Personal History Statement: Informational meeting on background process.

  4. Recruit Class Orientation Begins: December 11th, 2023
  5. Recruit Class Oath of Office: February 1st, 2024

    Please note that this job posting is for those who are currently Certified Police Officers or are enrolled in a Police Academy and will be certified by August 2023. This position is not covered by Social Security – learn more about pension benefit options for non-covered state or local government employees.

    For More Information

    Please visit the Join GRPD website for additional information about the position, department, and the City of Grand Rapids.

    Should an applicant need any disability-related accommodation or other consideration in the application or selection process, please notify the human resources department upon submittal of the application.

    The City of Grand Rapids does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy or gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.