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Job De​​scription​

  • Sworn law enforcement position that involves protecting life and property through enforcement of laws and ordinances. 

  • Interact professionally with citizens and respond to calls for service.

  • Work involves responsibility for performing assigned police work of varying difficulty utilizing community oriented/problem solving techniques which include: community engagement, resource development, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, crime prevention, detection and investigation, apprehension of violators, preservation of order, and related police functions.

  • Frequently involves the performance of hazardous and strenuous tasks and the exercise of initiative and judgement in various situations endangering life or property. 

  • Position involves shift work and the potential to work weekends and holidays.​

Lateral and Entry Level Applicants

There are several paths to becoming an Ann Arbor police officer. Police officer job openings will be posted one-to-two times per year.

  1. Lateral Applicants – Applicants previously or currently employed by another law enforcement agency with 2 or more years of full time experience. For out-of-state applicants, the MCOLES Recognition of Prior Training  must be complete by the time of hire.
  2. Entry Level Applicants – Applicants with less than two years of full time prior sworn law enforcement experie nce, applicants whom have already completed a Michigan police academy, or applicants that are currently enrolled in a Michigan police academy. Applicants must be MCOLES certifiable at the time of hire.
  3. If you have not yet completed the police academy, please see our cadet position information.  If applications are submitted for entry level police officer and the candidate has not completed the academy or is not currently enrolled in a police academy within the State of Michigan, the application will not be accepted.​

Minimum Job Qual​​ifications and Requirements

Must be a U.S. citizen a​​nd at least 21 years of age.

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

  • Associate's Degree or equivalent college credits (60), or above.

  • Must be MCOLES certifiable or have completed the MCOLES Recognition of Prior Training for out-of-state candidates at the time of hire (for entry level and lateral candidates).

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 .​

Sa​​​lary and Benefits

(Based on current union contract and subject to change per union negotiations with AAPOA.)

Current Salary Struc​ture:

Entry Level Police​ Officer

  • With Associate's Degree $53,019.20 ($25.49 per hour)

  • With Bachelor's Degree $54,204.80 ($26.06 per hour)​

Lateral Police Of​​ficer

  • With Associate's Degree $56,992 ($27.40 per hour)

  • With Bachelor's Degree $58,260.80 ($28.01 per hour)

Earning potential under the current contract, after 18 years of service with the AAPD salary for a Senior Officer II (bachelor's degree), is $87,568. The salary for a Detective III (bachelor's degree) with 18 years of service or more is $96,283.20.

Current Benefits Structure:

  • Defined benefit pension plan with a 2.75 multiplier at 25 years of service.

  • Longevity increases after 7, 12 and 18 years of service.

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

  • Educational incentives after one year.

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

  • Flexible spending accounts.

  • Wellness incentive programs.

  • Employee assistance program.

  • Reciprocal Pension Service Time available for pension-qualified applicants.​​​

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