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City of Oak Park: Public Safety Officer I Closing Date: April 8, 2025

In an effort to find the most qualified, diverse, and experienced candidates, the City of Oak Park will be continuously recruiting for the position of Public Safety Officer I.

Once you have applied, if you have any questions on the status of your application, please call Lt. Joe Meier at 248-691-7502.

JOB TITLE: Public Safety Officer I

Hourly, FLSA Non-Exempt - Union


Department of Public Safety


The City of Oak Park is seeking Public Safety Officer I candidates. The Public Safety Officer I position is responsible for protecting life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances, as well as general firefighting work. Additionally, Public Safety Officer I employees perform specialized duties under emergency conditions, and performs other duties as assigned.


  • Enforce the laws and ordinances of the City of Oak Park and the laws of the State of Michigan.
  • Operate motorized public safety equipment in assigned areas.
  • Stand in roadways and direct and control traffic.
  • Write violation tickets and conduct physical search and arrest of suspects.
  • Receive requests for assistance and handle complaints made in person or by the telephone.
  • Investigate accidents, administer first-aid and arrange for transportation of injured persons.
  • May act as a school crossing guard as required.
  • Transport prisoners to courts or jail facilities.
  • Provide verbal testimony in court.
  • Operate all photographic equipment.
  • Prepare and maintain written required records and reports.
  • Investigate complaints and violations of the law.
  • Verbally interview suspects, prisoners, complainants and witnesses to obtain information and evidence.
  • Search for and preserve evidence at the scene of crimes.
  • Perform follow-up investigation as necessary.
  • Respond to fire alarms, lay and connect hose lines and perform related firefighting activities.
  • Drive fire apparatus to scene of fire and operate ladders, utilize axes, shovels, extinguishers and other pieces of firefighting equipment in controlling and extinguishing fires.
  • Pump water at the proper pressure; visually monitor operation of pump and motor to make necessary changes or adjustments.
  • Operate automatic emergency defibrillation as required.
  • Conduct fire prevention inspections in confined spaces.
  • Take fingerprints.
  • Serve subpoenas and warrants.
  • Perform general maintenance work in the care and upkeep of firefighting equipment.
  • Respond to department call in case of emergency.
  • Perform related work as required.


  • Must meet the employment for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers, published by the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Training Council.
  • Must pass FIT exam per Federal OSHA standard.
  • Must be able to successfully complete the basic Fire Training curriculum at a Firefighter's Training Council-approved school.
  • Must be able to successfully attain a Firefighter II Certification.
  • Must be able to complete the Medical First Responder (MFR) training.
  • Must have excellent attention to detail.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable, with a willingness to serve the public and assist in times of crisis.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with members of the public



Candidate must be at least 18 years old

Must be a U.S. Citizen

Valid Michigan Operator's License and have an acceptable driving record OR

Four years of active-duty military experience


Two years as a Certified Police Officer, Certified Firefighter I & II, or Certified Corrections Officer


Michigan Certified Police Officer, Firefighter I & II, Medical First Responder, or a combination of all three certifications.


The Public Safety Officer I position must be able to pass an extensive background screen, pre-employment psychological screening, and an extensive pre-employment physical and drug screen.

No person shall be considered for employment by the Public Safety Department if:

They have a felony conviction.

They have a Domestic Violence conviction.

No person shall be considered for employment if they have been convicted of any of the following within the last five years:

There is a conviction of alcohol or narcotic related offenses.

A license suspension for failure to appear in court or failure to comply with a judgment.

More than two "at-fault" accidents.

More than three hazardous moving violations.

Negligent homicide, manslaughter, or assaults involving the operation of a vehicle.


This is a full-time position with salary range of $78,461.7967 - $91,782.7662 annually, depending on qualifications, with benefits. Additionally, a candidate may start at a higher step in the wage range based upon prior experience.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms, and must possess 20/20 corrected vision in both eyes. The employee must be able to bend, stoop, crouch, run, lift/drag as prescribed by both MCOLES and the Firefighter Training Academy, throughout the course of police, firefighting, or emergency response duties. The employee will regularly be seated in a vehicle or outside in inclement weather. While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment can be loud.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of an employee so classified.

Employees must be physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.

The City of Oak Park does not discriminate in its employment or any other programs or activities on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, economic status, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability, if requested.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.