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Township of Kalamazoo Police Department: Academy Sponsorship - Full Time Police Officer Closing Date: October 17, 2022

The Township of Kalamazoo commissioned a community survey finding significant support for TKPD and our mission.  The Township Board of Trustees has approved funding to create a Community Policing Unit adding six officers to our ranks in 2023.  This hiring process aims to fill those vacancies by sponsoring candidates in a 2023 police academy.  The academy would likely begin in January and conclude in April. 

The Township of Kalamazoo is located in southwest Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. TKPD serves a population of approximately 24,000 residents within 12 square miles.  TKPD also provides policing services for the City of Parchment. TKPD has an authorized strength of 45 sworn officers. Assignments include the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Unit, South West Enforcement Team (SWET) – MSP narcotics task force, Southwest Commercial Auto Recovery (SCAR) – MSP auto theft task force, School Resource Officers, Borgess Hospital Liaison Officer, Kalamazoo Metro S.W.A.T., Community Policing Unit, and more. 

The Township of Kalamazoo Police Department is accepting applications for qualified candidates who are highly motivated and career oriented. The minimum requirements for sponsorship are:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D. (college degree strongly preferred)
  • Have no felony convictions; misdemeanors will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Possess a valid driver's license and good driving record
  • Have passed the M.C.O.L.E.S. reading and writing exam as well as the physical agility test prior to applying:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Successfully complete all phases of the selection process
  • TKPD is a marijuana-free workplace


  • Police Officer 1 starting salary in 2022 is $48,048.00 ($23.10/hour)
  • Top pay after 5 years of service in 2022 is $73,070.40 ($35.13/hour)
  • Health insurance, including medical, dental, and optical
  • Retiree health care provided
  • Pension-Municipal Employees' Retirement System B4 - MERS Defined Benefit (2.5% multiplier per year of service)
  • Personal Time - 24 hours per year
  • Vacation Time - 1 to 3 years – 112 hours; 4 to 9 years – 168 hours; 9+ years – 240 hours
  • Comp Time - Maintain up to 75 hours
  • Sick Time - 96 hours per year
  • Holidays - 10 per year (including floating holiday): when working a holiday pay is double time and a half.  Shifts go to minimum staffing on holidays.  If off due to the shift going to minimum staffing on a scheduled holiday you earn vacation time and are paid straight time for that day.  If not scheduled for a holiday, you still earn vacation time for not working that day.  You can earn an additional 100 hours of vacation by not working holidays in any given year. 
  • Flexible time off approval.  Shifts are staffed with 5 officers per day with a minimum staffing of 3.  Time off may be granted at any time, including the day of the shift, as long as minimum shift strength is met and there are no special considerations for the day.    
  • Continued education benefit - 50% tuition reimbursement
  • Uniform, dry cleaning and equipment provided
  • Annual equipment allowance of $300
  • Longevity pay
  • Fitness incentive of $200 per year
  • Quality training that goes beyond required annual qualifications

To be considered for this position, complete an application, along with a resume and cover letter, to:
Application information can be found at:

If selected, you will be contacted and invited to take a written test. The Township of Kalamazoo Police Department is committed to a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. We will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled.

Opening Date:  09-01-2022
Closing Date:  10-17-2022

Contact Person:  Lieutenant Darien Smith
Telephone: 269-567-7523
Website Link: