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Three Rivers Police Department: Police Academy Sponsorship Closing Date: December 31, 2024

This posting is for non-certified applicants. Candidates who are hired will be required to take a paid position as Three Rivers Police Reserve Officer on a part-time basis until placement into the fall 2024 law enforcement academy. Upon successful completion of the academy, the Recruit will be promoted to Officer status, and begin the field training process. 

The City of Three Rivers is a small community, with a population of 7,828, located in southwest Michigan, St. Joseph County. The Police Department has earned strong community support. The Police Department consists of the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, 4 Sergeants, 9 Police Officers, a Code Enforcement / Animal Control Officer, and a Police Social Worker. The Department currently has one Officer assigned as the Detective, 2 Officers assigned as K9 Officers, 3 Evidence Techs, and assignments to the St. Joseph County Major Crimes Task Force and Special Response Team.

Officers work 12 hour shifts with every other weekend off. Beards are allowed and the department has a lenient tattoo policy. 

Minimum requirements:  

  • High school graduate or GED
  • MI Driver's License
  • Possess the knowledge and ability to perform the job functions required for the position.
  • Preferred: Assoc. Degree, Criminal Justice. 

This is a full-time union position with excellent benefits: 

  • MERS B-3 plan, 2.25% multiplier, F50/25 and F55/15 early retirement riders and 10-year vesting. Employees only contribute 7.4% to the cost of their retirement benefit. 
  • Vacation rate is 90 hours after 1 year of employment and 200 hours after 15 years of employment. 
  • 13 paid holidays including a floating birthday holiday. 
  • Starting pay is $24.16 an hour going to $29.90 an hour after 2 years of service per Union contract. The current contract expires on 4/30/24.
  • Excellent health, dental and optical insurance. Single employee contribution rate is $140.40 and double/family employee contribution rate is $280.80.