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City of South Haven: Police Officer Closing Date: December 17, 2024

Work where others play!  Located along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, the City of South Haven (population 3,964) is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time patrol officer.  Come work in a community that supports our officers, has an outstanding school and healthcare system, and provides the enjoyable balance of a quaint small town in the spring, fall and winter, and a bustling destination in the summer.

General Summary: Our officers proudly provide law enforcement services to citizens residing in and visiting the City of South Haven and South Haven Township.

Typical duties and responsibilities:

  • Investigate reports of crimes, accidents, and other incidents.
  • Gather, protect, and process evidence.
  • Enforce ordinances and statutes, making arrests where appropriate; processing and protecting prisoners as required. Providing traffic and parking enforcement and traffic control.
  • Responding to other calls for service, such as motorist’s assists, etc.
  • Complete all necessary reports, tickets, forms, and in-house paperwork as required.
  • Check out suspicious subjects, vehicles, and situations.
  • Serve subpoenas and other documents as required.
  • Do court work as required, including obtaining warrants, and doing arraignments.
  • As appropriate, conduct property checks of businesses, public buildings and areas, and private homes.
  • Provide preventive patrol.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, have completed training at an accredited police academy and be MCOLES licensed/licensable. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field is preferred. Must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license and very good driving record:

Compensation: Starting salary as of July 1

Comprehensive Benefit Package:

  • MERS B-4 defined benefit pension with COLA
  • Excellent medical and dental insurance benefits for employee and eligible dependents
  • Employer paid life and disability insurance
  • Holidays – 11 per year
  • Vacation – starts at 2 weeks per year and tops at 4 weeks per year.
  • PTO – 64 hours per year; eligible to accumulate up to 320 hours
  • Employee assistance program
  • Continuing education – 75% tuition reimbursement

To apply:

Submit application, cover letter and resume online: Questions may be directed to HR Director, Kim Wise, at