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Grand Rapids Police Department: Police Officer Closing Date: April 25, 2024


Patrol: 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. 

Tactical: 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.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. 

When assigned to Patrol:

  • Patrols areas of the city in a patrol car, on foot, bike, Segway or horse watching for crime or suspicious activity, waiting for calls for service and monitoring traffic for violations
  • Investigates serious injury or fatal accidents; responds to scene, collects evidence, accounts for key features, conducts interviews and follow ups, obtains search or arrest warrants and submits complete report
  • Enforces traffic violations (car and motorcycle) and follow-up to Hit and Run/ DWLS and related vehicle crimes
  • Conducts lawful searches
  • Conducts business contacts and bar checks; providing a highly visible and professional appearance
  • Assists crime victims
  • Engages with residents, neighborhoods and social services to get residents help they need
  • Completes all required reports
  • Testifies in court

When assigned to Community Policing:

  • Responds to various types of calls for service, including active shooters, domestics, criminal sexual conduct, weapon offenses, armed robberies, home invasions, medicals, hazmat and mental pickups
  • Performs criminal investigations; identifies suspects, victims and witnesses. Gathers statements and provides follow up to prevent recurrence
  • Enforces traffic laws and ordinances and applies them to incidents involving traffic, bicycles and pedestrians; issues misdemeanor or civil tickets
  • Completes sobriety tests and initial breath tests
  • Provides community policing visiting schools, neighborhoods, churches, businesses, bars and hospitals; works with Adult and Child Protective Services
  • Responds to medical, CPR and basic first aid calls
  • Provides safe environment for special events
  • Works with other agencies as needed

When Assigned to Tactical:

  • Performs tactical operations throughout the City
  • Performs self-initiated crime suppression based on Department service referrals and city-wide violent crime suppression
  • Provides high-risk Warrant Service
  • Maintains all Special Response Team and Department-wide training standards (physical fitness, firearms (shotgun, handgun, patrol carbine, scoped rifle, less lethal, chemical munitions, defensive tactics)
  • Provides tactical support for specialized units and other agencies (Detective Unit, State/Federal Agencies, VICE unit, neighboring agencies)
  • Completes high-risk K9 operations (tactical operations, high-risk K9 tracks)
  • Responds to critical incidents
  • Performs unconventional patrol operations via foot, bicycle, Segway 
  • Conducts plain clothes (undercover) operations via unmarked vehicles
  • Monitors large crowds and special events to suppress large-scale threats
  • Maintains assigned equipment
  • Performs related work as required


Required Education and Experience

High school diploma (or GED equivalent)


No work experience necessary


Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • MCOLES Licensed 
  • MCOLES Police Officer License

Knowledge of:

  • English grammar, spelling, punctuation
  • Legal terminology and court procedures
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment
  • Relevant federal and state criminal laws and traffic codes, search and seizure laws, city ordinances, and departmental policies and procedure
  • Court system and judicial procedures
  • First aid and CPR techniques
  • Criminal, seizure, administrative and case law
  • Criminal law, police procedure and vehicle operation
  • Geographic area of the City
  • Local, state and federal Laws
  • Microsoft Word and Outlook
  • UD10

Skill in:

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships
  • Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature
  • Performing basic mathematical functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, and ratios
  • Operation of computers, digital cameras, car video, electronic ticket writers, car video system, license plate readers and proper collection of cell phones to maintain evidence
  • Operation of police vehicles and emergency equipment
  • Time management
  • Judgment and problem solving
  • Verbal, written and listening communication
  • Community relations

Ability to:

  • Meet schedules and deadlines of the work
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Accurately organize and maintain paper documents and electronic files
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries
  • Input and retrieve information from a computer
  • Communicate in an effective manner verbally, in writing, and interpersonally with diverse groups of people
  • Deal tactfully with the public and provide effective and efficient services with courtesy, responsiveness, and competence
  • Exercise sound judgment, maintain composure in stressful situations, and perform duties with concern for the safety of self and others
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with individuals in a hostile or antagonistic environment while exercising authority
  • Work effectively as an individual and team member
  • Monitor police radio
  • Work with social services
  • Respond to various types of calls
  • Approach scenes in a safe manner
  • Recognize, protect and recover evidence
  • Use appropriate type of force
  • Pursue and apprehend criminal offenders
  • Direct traffic
  • Attend various types of training
  • Determine if manner of response is emergency or non-emergency
  • Transport and process criminals at correctional facilities
  • Execute warrants
  • Make homeless checks during inclement weather