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Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority: Law Enforcement Officer Closing Date: January 31, 2024

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Police Officers provide safety for the flying public by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, and patrolling assigned areas to prevent crime; enforce laws, ordinances and traffic regulations, control crowds, and arrest violators. They promote good community relations as well as work closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies


Performs airport security and law enforcement work, including inspection and surveillance of all airport property and premises; the enforcement of local, state and federal laws; investigation of alleged crimes; and the arrest of suspects. Employees must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise discretion in responding to emergencies.

Listed examples are illustrative and representative of the tasks required of this classification, but are not intended to be complete or exhaustive for this position.

  • Enforce State and Local laws and ordinances
  • Maintains law and order on airport premises and on airport grounds, and provides assistance to the general public
  • Patrols airport terminal and air operations area (AOA)
  • Monitors and provides work direction for contract security personnel
  • Monitors airport staff, tenants, contractors and others with authorized access to secure portions of the airport and airfield to ensure compliance with all federal regulations and directives and all protocols of the airport security program
  • Provides law enforcement in support of passenger screening operations at security checkpoints
  • Directs traffic to maintain flow, enforces traffic regulations, stops violators and issues citations
  • Conducts periodic inspections of Airport grounds and facilities to identify and initiate correction of safety and security hazards
  • Investigates suspicious or illegal activities and apprehends alleged perpetrators
  • Responds to calls for assistance in medical emergencies, traffic accidents, disturbances, and other incidents occurring on airport premises and on airport property
  • Participates in the Airport’s wildlife hazard management program
  • Prepares detailed reports on accidents, arrests, and other incidents
  • Provides assistance to local and state police and federal law enforcement agencies as required
  • Performs related work as required


  • Associate’s degree in criminal justice, sociology or other relevant field, graduation from a police academy, or equivalent law enforcement experience
  • Possession of valid Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certification as a Law Enforcement Officer, or proof of eligibility for certification
  • Possession of a valid, unrestricted Michigan motor vehicle operator’s permit
  • Satisfactory work record and personal history
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county and local statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of first-aid protocols and CPR methods
  • Ability to interact positively with individuals from widely diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Good powers of observation and memory skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Availability to work any or all shifts and schedules
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision


  • Preferred Associate’s degree (or equivalent) in Criminal Justice or other related field
  • Able to maintain valid First Aid and CPR/AED certification


  • Candidate must be able to pass required FBI fingerprint-based criminal history record check in addition to pre-hire and random drug and alcohol screenings.
  • Candidate must maintain an appropriate level airport badge at all times.


  • Demonstrated physical ability to pass all physical criteria required for MCOLES certification as a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Sufficient strength, mobility and dexterity to physically apprehend, restrain and remove suspects from airport premises and property
  • Ability to descend to and ascend from a kneeling position in order to assist accident victims, restrain suspects, and collect evidence
  • Ability to enter and exit patrol and emergency vehicles repeatedly during the work shift
  • Ability to enter and maneuver in confined spaces in order to assist accident victims, apprehend suspects, and/or collect evidence
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without corrective lenses, to visually inspect airport premises and property, observe suspicious behavior, locate evidence, and identify other airport situations requiring public safety intervention.
  • Sufficient auditory acuity, with or without audiological appliances, to hear and identify alarms, radio dispatches, pagers, sounds of suspects attempting to evade arrest
  • Sufficient speaking ability to communicate orally with suspects, witnesses, victims and the general public, and to give oral warnings or instructions while containing emergency situations.
  • Ability to detect smoke, fire and fumes
  • Ability to tolerate exposure to inclement weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, humidity, high wind, and precipitation
  • Ability to tolerate exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, motor vehicle exhaust fumes, smoke and other airborne contaminants
  • Ability to wear protective equipment, as required