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City of Coldwater Police Department: Police Officer Closing Date: March 15, 2024

If you are looking to make a difference in your community and want to see the results of your hard work, come join us at the Coldwater Police Department. 

We are an accredited agency serving a city with a population of 13,894 residents in south-central Michigan.  We employ 21-sworn officers and 5 support staff.  This is the perfect size department for an officer who wants to stay busy, and a small enough community that you will be able to see the impact of your work on the people you help.  As a Coldwater Police Officer, you have an opportunity to make a difference.

Are you looking for a department to grow with?  We train our officers to become experts in fields such as drug enforcement, K-9, crime scene investigation, school resource officer, etc.  If you want to be involved in training the next generation of police officers, you can become an FTO.  We also have roles for instructors in firearms, defensive tactics, Taser, de-escalation techniques, etc.

What We Are Looking For

  • Teamwork.We are looking for people who are willing to help one another.
  • Integrity.We are looking for people with good character.
  • Commitment.We are looking for people who can rise to the occasion when times are tough.
  • Language Skills.We encourage people who are fluent in Arabic or Spanish to apply.
  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.
  • Licensed police officer, or the ability to attain a license from the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.
  • Officers must live within 25-miles of the City of Coldwater within one-year of hire.

What We Offer

  • The starting base pay for new police officers is $57,137.
  • Lateral pay – Prior service as a full-time licensed police officer can increase your starting base pay up to $65,208.
  • A person who is not currently licensed may be hired and sent to the police academy.The recruit will be paid a training wage while attending the academy.
  • Holiday pay ($2,511 annually), College Incentive (up to $500 annually), Longevity pay (percentage of wages beginning at 5-years).
  • Overtime opportunities are routinely available for an officer to increase earnings.
  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with 21.5 % contribution (14% city / 7.5% employee).
  • Deferred compensation plans are available.
  • Health insurance for employee and family.
  • Long term disability insurance.
  • Relaxed facial hair and tattoo policies.
  • External Vest Carriers
  • 12-hour shifts
  • A well-maintained gym in the basement of the public safety building.
  • Free access to the city’s indoor running / walking track.
  • The city will pay 50% of a membership to an outside gym.
  • Area recreational opportunities include golf, boating, hunting, and fishing.
  • The city operates a very active recreation department that runs adult leagues for softball, basketball, volleyball and pickleball.

How To Apply

Contact the Coldwater Police Department records staff at to obtain an application packet.

Submit the application and resume to Tina Taylor at no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, March 15, 2024.

For questions, contact Tina Taylor at (517) 278-4525.

The Coldwater Police Department is an Equal Opportunity employer.