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City of Portage Department of Public Safety: Police Officer Closing Date: June 22, 2024

Make the move to Portage!  $15,000 Sign-on Bonus for New Lateral Transfers! 

The Portage Department of Public Safety (PDPS) Lateral Entry Program affords certified, experienced Police Officers the opportunity to join the Portage Department of Public Safety Police Division. Opportunities for officers who have excelled in their law enforcement careers and are up to the task of meeting the high standards of the PDPS are HERE!

Candidates with prior full-time experience will be hired at an advance pay step based on prior years of experience, up to Step F.  Step F of the current Portage Police Officers Association collective bargaining agreement is $38.87 per hour/$80,852 annually, and $40.63 per hour/$84,491 annually (effective July 1, 2024). *ALL police officers now receive a 5% ANNUAL RETENTION BONUS*.  This bonus is unique to Portage Public Safety and is not available anywhere else in the area!

All candidates must be certifiable officers. Out-of-state officers or those separated from a police department for more than a year, are subject to re-licensure requirements as defined by MCOLES and the Recognition of Prior Training & Education program. Successful out-of-state candidates must also obtain a valid Michigan driver's license upon hire.  Successful candidates must complete all required tests and evaluations.

Are you ready to make the move to Portage?  APPLY NOW!

Additional Information

Police Recruitment Procedure

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.  Selected candidates will be invited to participate in Oral Board Interviews.

Upon completion of Oral Boards Interviews, recommendations will be made for applicants to the final interview.

If an offer is made, post-offer conditions include a psychological evaluation, background investigation, and a physical/drug screen.

Once all the results are back, start dates will be determined with each of our new officers as appropriate.

Application Special Instructions

All questions during the application/hiring process should be directed to Human Resources at 269-329-4533.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of the City of Portage to implement equal opportunity on an affirmative basis to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, marital status, religion, political belief, national origin, veteran status, height, weight or protected disability; Positive action shall be taken to insure the fulfillment of this policy.