The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will be hiring additional Public Safety Officers beginning in January 2018. Applications may be submitted from June 7 through June 25, 2017 online ONLY at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kalamazoomi.
To be considered, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and be 21 years old at time of appointment (January 1, 2018). Applicants will also be required to pass a written and physical test and an extensive background investigation. Applicants are not required to be MCOLES (Police) certified to apply.
Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are cross-trained as police officers, firefighters, and medical first responders. They respond to calls for police, fire, and medical emergencies, along with other duties.
Advancement/additional opportunities include Detective, Canine Handler, Community Policing Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Crime Lab Technician, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Honor Guard, Hostage Negotiator, and Command Officer.
Newly hired officers start at $18.95 per hour. Those who have already received their firefighter certifications will start at $20.83 per hour. Applicants do not need to have prior police or fire certifications to be considered; newly hired officers may be sponsored through the police academy and provide fire training if needed. A training wage may apply to those who need to attend the Police Academy. Additional benefits include a Spanish language hiring bonus, veteran on-the-job training education benefits and the federal direct student loan forgiveness program.
Those interested are encouraged to fill out a “Job Interest Card” available at https://kalamazoopublicsafety.org/about/employment/ which will send notification when the application process begins. Information about KDPS is available at www.kalamazoopublicsafety.org and questions can be submitted through the “Contact” link at the top of the Home Page.
By authority of: Inspector Matt Elzinga
Date: April 28, 2017
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Media Contact: Shannon Bagley, Captain, (269) 337-8123