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Kentwood Police Department: Police Recruit Sponsorship Announcement Closing Date: March 20, 2024

The City of Kentwood Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Recruit.  We are looking for ambitious men and women with high moral integrity and a strong work ethic. 


  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be a United States citizen at the time of testing; Must not have any felony convictions and certain misdemeanor convictions; Possess a valid Michigan driver's license prior to hire date;


  • Police Academy Sponsorship
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance (including vision and dental) Life Insurance Retirement/401K (12% employer contribution, 10% employee) Continuing education and training


  • Attends formal training classes at Grand Valley State University Police Academy and/or a similar MCOLES approved facility in preparation for reclassification to
  • Patrol Officer Attends an orientation period at the Kentwood Police Department Completes training assignments (resulting from the orientation period) Learns the Departments policies and procedures


  • Complete Online Application
  • Oral Board interviews
  • Complete and Submit Background Questionnaire Background Pre-screen
  • Complete MCOLES Physical Agility, Reading and Writing Test
  • Background Investigation
  • Administrative Review
  • Chiefs Interview
  • Conditional Offer
  • Physical and Psychological Exam
  • Attend GVSU Police Academy Orientation
  • Attend, and successfully complete, GVSU Police Academy