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Decatur Police Department: Police Officer Closing Date: October 31, 2022

The Village of Decatur is a small town of 1800 residents in southern Van Buren County in southwest Michigan.  It is a self-sustained community with a handful of large diverse employers. It is a popular tourist destination in the summer months, with its beautiful Lake of the Woods. The proud residents of Decatur love the small town patriotic environment that surrounds the village.

The Village of Decatur is currently seeking a full-time Police Officer.  The Decatur Police Department is a 24/7 operation.  When fully staffed, the department runs with three Officers, one Sergeant, and one Chief. Decatur is an active community and appreciates the police work done within the Village limits.  Village Council has made policing a priority with its focus on purchasing the best available equipment and assuring that our officers are properly trained to do their job.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Will be able to thrive and contribute in a team-based structure
  • Will be a great communicator
  • Will have the enthusiasm to take on many different roles in Decatur Police Department


  • MCOLES licensed or licensable
  • Must possess a valid Michigan’s Driver License, be a US citizen and at least 21 years of age
  • Must successfully pass the hiring process including a complete background investigation
  • Candidates will be subject to a pre-employment drug screen, physical and psychological examination, where applicable
  • Must possess a High School Diploma/GED
  • Associates /Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Wage and Benefits:

  • Starting wage of $20.73/hr ($43,118/year for the 1st year and $48,464.00/year by the 3rd year)
  • Lateral Transfers will be considered, recognizing prior Police Officer experience
  • Healthcare package including Medical, Dental, and Vision (80% Employer-20% Employee split)
  • 457 Defined Contribution Retirement (MERS).  Employee 5% - Employer 10%
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Benefit
  • 2 Weeks (80 hours) Paid Vacation to start, increasing with tenure, plus Sick Time and Floating Holiday Time

How to Apply/Contact:

For an application please go to our website:, search “employment application” and complete the application.  Please email your completed application and any questions to Chief VanDerWoude at:

Opening Date: 4/7/2022
Closing Date: 10/31/2022