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Kent County Sheriff's Office: County Patrol Officer Closing Date: September 22, 2023

*We are excited to announce that we are now accepting lateral transfers (please see adjusted pay scale below)*

County Patrol Officer 2022 starting rate of pay: $27.65
County Patrol Officer 2021 lateral transfer starting rate of pay: $30.92

(To be eligible for the lateral transfer you must have a minimum of 3 years of consecutive working experience as a full-time police officer).
The Kent County Sheriff's Office is a multi-faceted, modern police agency with specialized units including vice, detective bureau, school resources, and traffic investigations.

Successful candidates will function as part of a highly motivated, team-oriented group of police professionals. Will provide services to the residents of Kent County by enforcing laws and traffic regulations; investigating crime; utilizing crime prevention techniques; and providing general assistance to the public. Will patrol assigned areas to prevent and/or discover the commission of a crime; respond to a variety of situations involving automobile accidents, robberies, medical emergencies, domestic disturbances and other felonies and misdemeanors. Will gather evidence; take statements from parties; obtain witnesses; secure crime scenes; prepare detailed reports; and testify in court.

Please note: Candidates that are hired into this position must live within 24 miles of the Kent County border within 1 year.

Job Requirements 

Requires Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Certification or must be MCOLES Certifiable.  Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with diverse populations are essential. Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Michigan Driver's License, a good driving record and be free of felony convictions.  Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in meeting emergencies without direct supervision is required.  Must be able to render first-aid to injured persons.  Desired qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related field and demonstrated work experience in law enforcement.  Fluency in a second language is beneficial.  

In order to qualify to become a County Patrol Officer, candidates are subject to detailed personal, work and criminal background investigations and drug testing.  The successful candidate must be of sound character and demonstrate a responsible work history.  Applicants must be able to provide documentation of diplomas, degrees and relevant certificates and licenses.