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Grand Rapids Police Department: Licensed/Licensable Police Officer Closing Date: September 27, 2023


The purpose of this job is to provide police services to the general public and patrol city streets to provide protection of its citizens. Enforces city ordinances and state laws.  Offers professional police presence where needed and requested.  Interviews complaints, suspects, and witnesses to criminal activity. Testifies in criminal, civil, or administrative court cases when required.

Community Policing:

The purpose of this job is to serve and protect life and property of those within the city limits of Grand Rapids.  Enforces laws and ordinances.  Works with citizens to address problems and improves police and community relations.


The purpose of this job is to perform tactical operations throughout the city.  Responsible for Patrol Officer duties in any capacity needed or requested throughout the City, which includes special events, foot, bike, uniformed or plainclothes and Segway patrols.


(All dates and times are approximate and may change)

Qualified candidates will be invited to a date on which the below sequential steps will be offered. Each step must be successfully passed to move on to the next.

Dates:  July 12, August 2, September 6, October 4, 2023

  1. Entrance Exam (8AM):
    1. National Criminal Justice Officer Selection Inventory (cognitive/integrity)
    2. Study guides are available at GR Public Libraries or for purchase (New Study Guide Link)
  2. Oral Exam (10AM-12PM): A structured interview proctored by a panel of Human Resources and Police personnel
  3. Interview (1-5PM): Facilitated by Police Chief
  4. Personal History Statement: Informational meeting on background process


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision starting Day 1
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan 
  • Twelve Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Time
  • Paid parking (if applicable)
  • Tuition Reimbursement and professional development opportunities
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program with counseling sessions 
  • Comprehensive Wellness program 
  • Voluntary benefits including term life insurance, flexible spending account, disability insurance, and deferred compensation plan options