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 advance in rank and into specialized positions quickly.

The purpose of this position is to hire cadets on a limited-time basis, intending to attend a police academy and become AAPD officers upon successful completion of the academy. The PSS Cadet Program is for non-licensed (pre-academy) applicants. If the cadet satisfactorily completes their assimilation period and meets the necessary qualifications for the police academy, the cadet will be sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor to attend a local police academy and, upon successful completion of the academy, become an Ann Arbor Police Officer. Academy-related expenses including tuition, uniforms, books, and supplies will be paid by the Ann Arbor Police Department.

Job Description

​Cadets perform support work assisting police services personnel, police officers, and the Ann Arbor community, for which independent sworn police officer authority is not required.

Duties are​ assigned by supervisory personnel and primarily involve assignments at the police department front desk.

Front desk duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Interact professionally with the public
  • Answer telephones and provide general information
  • Conduct initial interviews
  • Take and complete written reports
  • Administer preliminary breath tests for court orders
  • Fingerprint volunteers/new hires/city employees
  • Fingerprint and photograph arrestees and defendants with court orders (if assigned), or who are brought in by officers
  • Conduct welfare checks on arrestees in security
  • Process retail fraud first-offender paperwork.

The evaluation/assimilation period will not exceed 12 months. Hours may include evenings and weekends.

This is an hourly position with a salary of $38,958.40 ($18.73 per hour).

Physical Requirements

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

Additional information on licensing standards concerning prohibited criminal adjudications of guilt, psychological fitness, hearing, vision, physical abilities and other requirements can be located on the MCOLES Licensing Standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers page.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.
  • If hired, the candidate must be 21 years or older at the start of the FTO program (10 months from the hire date).
  • 45 credit hours or above from an accredited college.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than their start date or have a City of Ann Arbor-approved medical/religious exemption.


    Cadets are governed by the PSS Collective Bargaining Agreement regarding all benefits (including parking) and paid time off. PSS Cadets will not pay union dues and are represented only by the union for wages and benefits. The information below is from the current PSS union contract and is subject to change per union negotiations.​

    • Medical/dental/vision/prescription drug plans are available after 90 days of employment.
    • Defined benefit pension plan.
    • 12 weeks of paid parental leave (after six months of employment).
    • Holiday incentives for 16 city-recognized holidays.
    • Educational incentives after one 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.

    Find additional information and a summary of this position’s benefits here. *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 to the next hiring process step. 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 Monday, January 1, 2024.

    For More Information

    For questions and comments about the Police Service Specialist Cadet position, please feel free to contact Sgt. Ryan Scott by phone, (734) 794-6956, or email, rscott@a2gov.org; additionally, you can visit the Ann Arbor Police Department’s website.

    About Ann Arbor Police Department

    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, and community engagement unit. The Ann Arbor Police Department is committed to a community-oriented policing philosophy and strives for high community engagement across all divisions.


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