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Find Your Career with​​ the Ann Arbor Police Department​

The Ann Arbor Police Department is seeking ambitious individuals interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement within a vibrant, diverse community. Successful candidates will join an organization recognized for innovation, professionalism, leadership and service to the community. The Ann Arbor Police Department is among the 12 agencies in the State of Michigan and 705 nationwide with accreditation from CAL​EA​.

As an agency of 124 sworn personnel, there are many specialized assignments, units and career tracts. Officers have numerous opportunities for growth, movement and promotion. The 26 non-sworn employees also serve a crucial function within the department, working in areas such as community standards, the police desk, records, detective bureau, property and special services.​

How t​​​o Apply

There are several paths to becoming an Ann Arbor police officer.

  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 Trai 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. Police Service Specialist (PSS) Cadet – Those selected for this position will work our police front desk for up to 12 months. During that time, the cadet will be evaluated for potential sponsorship through a local police academy to become an AAPD police officer upon successful completion of the police academy.

The Ann Arbor Police Department is expecting a high number of retirements in the next few years. Job postings will open one- to two-times per year and when open will be located on the City of Ann Arbor’s job site​. Non-sworn positions will be posted as vacancies occur.

​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.

  • 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​.

Salary and Benefit​​s

(Based on curren​t union contract​ and subject to change per union negotiations with AAPOA.)

Current Salar​​​y Structure:

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 Offi​​​cer

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

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

Police Service Specialist Cadet (pre-academy​​/sponsorship)

  • ​$18 per h​our.

​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 S​tructure:

  • 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.

Ongoing Commitment to Training​

Officers in the Ann Arbor Police Department are among the most highly trained law enforcement personnel in the state. The department remains committed to continued training and education​ for every officer so that each can be prepared for a changing and dynamic world. See a summary of AAPD training requirements (PDF).​


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