Police Service Specialist Cadet Position Opening

The City of Ann Arbor is hiring a full-time Police Service Specialist (PSS) Cadet in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This selected candidate will perform support work assisting Police Services personnel, police officers, and the Ann Arbor community, for which independent sworn police officer authority is not required. The Ann Arbor Police Department is expecting a high number of retirements in the next few years, and new Officers will have the opportunity to quickly advance in rank and into specialized positions.

The purpose of this position is to hire PSS Cadets on a limited-time basis, with the intention they will attend a police academy and become Ann Arbor Police Officers upon successful completion of the academy. The PSS Cadet position gives applicants a great insight into what working for the Ann Arbor Police Department is like, prior to becoming an Ann Arbor Police Officer.

The PSS Cadet Program is for non-licensed (pre-academy) applicants. The person who is selected for this position will have an evaluation period of a maximum of 12 months. During this time, the PSS Cadet will work the Police front desk and be responsible for interacting with the public, conducting preliminary investigations for reports, completing traffic crash reports, administering a preliminary breath test, fingerprinting, and photographing arrestees/defendants for court.

Upon the successful completion of the assimilation period, the PSS Cadet will attend a regional police academy. The City will cover the cost for the academy tuition and all associated academy-related costs, excluding room/board and food. Upon successful completion of this academy, the PSS Cadet will be hired into an entry-level police officer position and must successfully complete the Ann Arbor Police Department’s field training officer program.

This is an hourly position with a salary starting at $37,440 annually ($18/hour).


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 21 years of age
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record
  • 45 credit hours from an accredited college; successful completion of the police academy would put the candidates over 60 credit hours, in line with our entry-level and lateral posting requirements.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. Positions in this class typically require: driving, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Per the licensing requirements of the position, employees must meet all of the physical requirements of the police officer position 60 days prior to starting the academy, and in addition to the above physical requirements, will also require: climbing, running, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and jumping.

Move and lift light objects less than 20 pounds such as mail, files, and supplies. Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements. The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that may be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


The hired applicants will receive benefits upon completion of the police academy:

  • Medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans available after 90 days of employment
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave (after 6 months of employment)
  • Holiday incentives for 16 City recognized holidays
  • Educational Incentives after 1 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 program

*Upon completion of the police academy, these benefits will change per the AAPOA collective bargaining agreement.

How To Apply

Interested applicants must apply online for consideration. Only completed applications will be considered to move forward to the next step of the hiring process. You will be able to see the status of your application when you log in to our website. Please forward the link to any interested candidates. The application deadline is Sunday, January 9, 2022.

For More Information

For questions and comments, please feel free to contact Sgt. Jaime Crawford by phone, (734) 794-6956, or email, jcrawford@a2gov.org; additionally, you can visit the Ann Arbor Police Department’s website.

About Ann Arbor Police Department

There are 122 sworn police officers included in the overall staff of 147. 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, as well as a community engagement unit. The Ann Arbor Police Department is committed to a community-oriented policing philosophy and strives for a high level of community engagement across all divisions.

View All POAM Career Listings