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Bridgman Police Department: Full time Police Officer (entry level or experienced) Closing Date: December 29, 2023

Located along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, the City of Bridgman (population 2096) is a charming community in southwest Berrien County and an easy driving distance from Chicago, South Bend and Grand Rapids. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for a full-time patrol officer. Join our team and work in a community that supports our officers, has an outstanding public school system, and provides the enjoyable balance of a quaint small town in the spring, fall and winter, and a bustling destination in the summer.

Bridgman Police Department will consider sponsorship of a qualified candidate for a 2024 Police Academy to fill this vacancy. 

General Summary:

Our officers proudly provide law enforcement services to citizens residing in and visiting the City of Bridgman.

Typical duties and responsibilities:

  • Investigate reports of crimes, accidents, and other incidents.
  • Gather, protect, and process evidence.
  • Enforce ordinances and statutes, making arrests where appropriate, processing and protecting prisoners as required.
  • Providing traffic and parking enforcement and traffic control.
  • Responding to other calls for service, such as motorist?s assists, etc.
  • Complete all necessary reports, tickets, forms, and in-house paperwork as required.
  • Check out suspicious subjects, vehicles, and situations.
  • Serve subpoenas and other documents as required.
  • As appropriate, conduct property checks of businesses, public buildings and areas, and private homes.
  • Provide preventive patrol.

Qualifications for a Police Officer:

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Successfully complete all phases of the selection process.
  • Have completed training at an accredited police academy and be licensed through MCOLES is preferred.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and very good driving record.
  • Must be willing to work holidays, weekends and all shifts assigned. Officers currently work 10-to-12-hour shifts, have every other weekend off & receive 1 hour off every 12-hour shift for health time.
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation.

Qualification for an Academy Sponsorship:

  • Be 21 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or have GED 
  • Have no felony convictions; misdemeanors will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Possess a valid driver's license and good driving record
  • To be considered, applicants must pass the MCOLES reading and writing exam as well as the physical agility test: Testing
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Successfully complete all phases of the selection process
  • BPD is a marijuana-free workplace


Starting salary is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. Holiday premiums and overtime are available. Eligible for longevity pay after 5 years.

Comprehensive Benefit Package:

  • MERS B-4 defined benefit pension
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision insurance benefits for employee and eligible dependents
  • Employer paid life and disability insurance
  • Health Savings Account, Employer Contribution equal to deductible
  • Holidays - 9 per year
  • Vacation - starts at 2 weeks per year, maximum of 4 weeks per year.
  • Sick Leave - 56 hours per year; eligible to accumulate up to 480 hours
  • Personal Leave - 24 hours per year

To apply:

Submit application, cover letter, and resume to Chief Daniel Unruh at 

Questions may be directed to Chief Unruh or HR Director, Debbie Lambrix at