The Grand Rapids Police Department is currently hiring certified officers and any officers that will be certified by January 2022. The deadline for officers to apply is October 1st, 2021, and the start date is estimated to be January 10, 2022. The hired candidates must be available to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

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Grand Rapids Police Officers Position Opening

The purpose of this job is to:

  • Provide police services to the general public and patrol city streets to provide protection for 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
  • Enforces laws and ordinances
  • Works with citizens to address problems and improves police and community relations
  • Perform tactical operations throughout the city
  • Be 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 high school diploma or GED
  • Possess good moral character
  • Possess good reading and writing skills
  • Have a valid driver’s license or be able to obtain a Michigan Driver’s license by date of hire
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a clear record of any felonies and certain misdemeanors
  • Successfully completed an MCOLES accredited police academy, be MCOLES Certified Police Officer, or have completed an MCOLES RPTE (Recognition of Prior Training and Experience) class for out-of-state officers
    • For out-of-state certified officers, please contact the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) at (517)322-1417 to determine your eligibility and available dates for the Recognition of Prior Training and Experience Program.
  • Hold some experience involving communicating with people under varying circumstances
  • Required to meet initial employment requirements as established by the Civil Service Board
  • Take and receive a passing score on the Grand Rapids Civil Service Exam for Police Officers
    • Study guides and sample exams are available for a fee from the testing company. View the information available.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, starting on the first day
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Twelve Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Time
  • Paid parking (if applicable)
  • Tuition Reimbursement, up to Master’s degree
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program with 5 free mental health visits per issue
  • Comprehensive Wellness program
  • Voluntary benefits including term life insurance, flexible spending account, disability insurance, and deferred compensation plan options

Hiring Steps

To apply for this position, complete the following steps (All dates are approximate and may change):

  • Apply online
  • Complete the written Civil Service examination
  • Fill out and submit the background questionnaire within 10 days of receiving the written exam (October 16, 2021)
  • Background pre-screen
  • Oral Board interviews (October 27, 2021)
  • Backgrounds assigned
  • Background Investigation and Interview completed
  • Chiefs and Administrative review
  • Chiefs Interviews (November 3/4, 2021)
  • Recommendations for hire
  • Conditional offer of employment
  • Physical and psychological exam
  • 8 Week In-House Orientation (for those selected, starting January 10, 2022)


    For More Information

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

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