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Big Rapids Department of Public Safety- Police Division

Starting Wages as of January 2023: $54,084 (without a degree) and $55,167 (with a degree).

Hiring Bonus! Upon completion of the probationary period, officers will receive a $1,500 bonus.

The City of Big Rapids is accepting applications for the position of full-time Police Officer.  Minimum requirements:  High school diploma or equivalent, two years of credits from an accredited college or university, MCOLES licensed/license-able, OR have completed an academy pre-test, and are at least 21 years old.  Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter along with the City of Big Rapids application.  Applicants will be required to participate in a multi-phase hiring process including but not limited to a written test, oral interview, ride-along, and background investigation process.  Applications must be completed online on the City’s website. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Starting wages as of January 2023: $54,084 (without a degree) and $55,167 (with a degree). Applicants with 3 years prior police experience and up-to-date MCOLES certification will have a starting wage of $55,820 (without a degree) and $56,938(with a degree). After the probationary period, the employee shall be paid the two (2) year rate of pay. In addition, upon completion of the probationary period, new officers will receive a $1,500 bonus.

Benefits: Our officers work 12 hours shifts (4 shifts on, 3 off, 3 shifts on 4 off), we offer 11 paid holidays and earnings into Vacation, Compensatory, and Holiday banks, in addition to sick leave payout of 50% upon retirement, longevity pay, and tuition reimbursement. We have a defined contribution pension plan in which the City of Big Rapids contributes 7% of the employee’s compensation. If the employee contributes 3% of their compensation into their account, the city will contribute an additional 3%. We do not have a residency requirement.

Opportunities: We offer the following special assignments and team opportunities; Community Policing Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, Narcotics Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force, Dive Team, Bicycle Patrol, Honor Guard, and Field Training Officer. 

Questions should be directed to Human Resources at 231-592-4007 or The City of Big Rapids is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

In order to be considered for this position, you must complete the full-time employment application.

Click HERE to apply.