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Jo​​b Descrip​tion​​​​

The purpose of this position is to hire cadets on a limited-time basis, with the intention they will attend a police academy and become AAPD officers upon successful completion of the academy. If the cadet satisfactorily completes their assimilation period, and meets the necessary qualifications for the police academy, the cadet will be sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor to attend a local police academy and, upon successful completion of the academy, become an Ann Arbor Police Officer. Academy related expenses including tuition, uniforms, books and supplies will be paid by the Ann Arbor Police Department.

  • ​Cadets perform support work assisting police services personnel, police officers and the Ann Arbor community, for which independent sworn police officer authority is not required. 
  • Duties are​ assigned by supervisory personnel and primarily involves assignments at the police department front desk.

​​​​Front desk duties include, but are not limited to: interact professionally with the public, answer telephones and provide gene​​​ral information; conduct initial interviews, take and complete written reports; administer preliminary breath tests for court orders; fingerprint volunteers/new hires/city employees; fingerprint and photograph arrestees and defendants with court orders (if assigned), or who are brought in by officers; conduct welfare checks on arrestees in security; process retail fraud first offender paperwork. 

  • The evaluation/assimilation period will not exceed 12 months.
  • ​​Hours may include evenings and weekends.

Minimum Job Qualifications and Requirements​​

  • Must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age.

  • Must have a valid driver's license with a satisfactory driving record.

  • Completion of 45 college credit hours, or above.

  • Additional information on licensing standards concerning prohibited criminal adjudications of guilt, psychological fitness, hearing, vision, physical abilities and other requirements can be located on the MCOLES Licensing Standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers page.

Pay and Benefits​​

Cadets are govered by the PSS Collective Bargaining Agreement in terms of all benefits (including parking) and paid time off.  PSS Cadets will not pay union dues and are represented by the union for wages and benefits only.  Below information is from the current PSS union contract and subject to change per union negotiations.​

  • $18/hour.

  • Discounted parking rates.

  • Medical, dental, vision and prescription drug plans effective on your 90th day of employment.

  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance.

  • Flexible spending accounts.

  • Wellness incentive programs.

  • Employee assistance program​​.