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Paw Paw Police Department: Police Recruit Closing Date: June 2, 2024

The Village of Paw Paw is located in Western Michigan and is the Van Buren County seat. Paw Paw has approximately 3,700-year-round residents with award winning businesses and proactive community members. The Paw Paw Police Department has an authorized strength of 10 sworn officers, one of which is part-time. The Police Department is committed to a strategic plan revolving around a community policing strategy. The Paw Paw Police Department will be accepting applications for qualified candidates starting March 1, 2024, until the position is filled.  

The minimum requirements for employment are:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • High School graduate or G.E.D. (college preferred)
  • No felony convictions; misdemeanors will be considered on a case-by case basis
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and very good driving record
  • Must meet M.C.O.L.E.S criteria for academy enrollment
  • U.S. citizen
  • Successfully complete all phases of the selection process

Benefits & Wages

  • Recruit pay during academy is $18.00 per hour
  • Health/Dental Insurance
  • Benefits & Wages Upon Completion of the Police Academy
  • Starting Officer pay $27.43 per hour after March 1, 2024, after 2 years $30.68 per hour
  • If employee has other health insurance, the village will pay $238 per pay period to waive health insurance.
  • MERS retirement / 2.5 Multiplier
  • Sick Time, Personal Time, Vacation Time (80 hours after four months)
  • Holiday pay
  • Uniform and Equipment Provided


  • Rotating detective position
  • Bike patrol
  • T.E.A.M teaching
  • Advancement opportunities

For applications: or contact Office Manager, Monica Marler at 269-657-5501. To apply; please submit a resume and application including your driver’s license number.