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Houghton Police Department: Police Officer Closing Date: February 24, 2023

Mission Statement  

The City of Houghton Police Department is professional and personable and we care about the community we protect. Partnered with the community, the City of Houghton Police Department strives to create a healthy and safe community for our children, citizens and  
visitors to enjoy.    


The City of Houghton Police Department is offering an opportunity to attend a Police Academy to become an officer, with tuition paid for by City of Houghton Police Department. Employees at all levels are selected based on their qualifications, skills and abilities.   

The City of Houghton Police Department offers competitive wages and benefits. Salary: $20.22 per hour during Academy training, $27.03 after graduation.

Applicants will be required to submit to and pass a drug test.

Job Description:

Read the job description below before applying; it contains important information about expectations for the position. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications, no exceptions.  You are responsible for documenting that you meet all requirements; failure to do so can result in disqualification.   

General Summary  

This is training-level work in general duty police activities involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws, and the investigation of crimes. An employee in this classification receives formal training at a Police Academy approved by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). Upon successful completion of that training and obtaining of an MCOLES license, an employee in this job classification will be eligible for potential employment in the classification of Patrol Officer.  

Essential Functions  

  • Learn police procedures, practices and techniques. 
  • Learn and understand laws, statutes and regulations essential to law enforcement activities. 
  • Cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others. 
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine a proper course of action to be taken. 
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions. 
  • Write and speak effectively.  
  • Complete satisfactorily the prescribed course of training at the Police Academy.  
  • Learn and develop skill in the use and care of firearms and other equipment used in the performance of essential tasks.  
  • Learn clerical procedures connected with police work.  
  • Develop good general intelligence and emotional stability.  
  • Operate equipment in the performance of essential tasks.  
  • Perform the essential and physical functions of the job.  
  • Use computer systems to obtain necessary information in the performance of the position.  

This list may not be inclusive of the total scope of job functions to be performed. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or modified at any time.  

Employment Qualifications

Education: High school diploma or GED. Associate degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, or related area preferred.  

Other Requirements: At least 20 years of age. Successful completion of the MCOLES Written and Physical Abilities Test. United States citizen. Valid Michigan driver’s license. No prior felony convictions or certain misdemeanor convictions.  

The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job related selection or promotional criteria.  

Working Conditions

  • Required to deal with people in various states of intoxication and emotional and mental conditions.  
  • Required to work outside in all sorts of weather.  
  • Exposure to extreme changes in temperature.  
  • Exposure to a variety of foul odors.  
  • Exposure to contact with bodily fluids of others.  
  • Exposure to assault by individuals with various weapons.  
  • Exposure to blood-borne pathogens.  
  • Exposure to homes in various states of cleanliness and hygiene.  
  • Exposure to individuals with various communicable diseases and health concerns.

Physical Requirements

Traverse difficult terrain; strength and stamina to physically restrain suspects; running, climbing, standing, squatting, and sitting for prolonged periods of time; occasionally lift and carry over 100 pounds; strength to subdue persons and to drag, carry and lift persons and objects; vision to read printed materials and computer screens; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the radio/telephone.  

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

PT – Must sign up by calling (906)227-1408. Bring the signed Physician Physical Screening Form, $45.00 check/cash, Operator’s license, pen or pencil. Test is held in the Vandament Arena located in the Physical Education Instructional Facility.  

MCOLES – Register for the MCOLES Reading/Writing by going to The test is held at the MARESA Building 321 E Ohio St, Marquette, MI 49855.  

Fill out the application and return to the Houghton Police Department:
Email to or drop off/mail to 616 Shelden Ave, Houghton MI 49931 

Applications will be accepted until February 24, 2023. Interested applicants can submit their application to the City of Houghton Police Department. 

The City of Houghton is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Opening date: 02/13/2023
Closing date: 02/24/2023

Contact Person: Lt. Roberts
Phone: 906-487-5912