Current Employment Opportunities


The City of Portland is seeking licensed MCOLES police officers or persons interested in becoming a paid police recruit. 

The Portland Police Department has an authorized strength of 8 officers, including the police chief. Officers are responsible for all aspects of law enforcement including traffic enforcement, prevention and detection of federal and state laws and local ordinance violations. Additional duties include the thorough investigation of crimes and the preparation of investigations for criminal charges. Officers are active in the community and integral to our public and private school systems. 

Recruit applicants MUST have an Associate’s Degree upon completion of a police academy; prior military law enforcement experience is considered. Other eligibility requirements include: 

  • U. S. citizen and 18 years or older at the time of employment
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license
  • Must be of good moral character as determined by an extensive background investigation covering school and employment records, personal traits, and integrity; drug screen (including marijuana), medical and psychological exam included. 
  • No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history
  • Must be able to read and write the English language 
  • Proof of passing score on MCOLES physical fitness test and reading and writing test at time of interview
  • Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays and on an overtime basis
  • Other eligibility requirements are covered under Public Act 203 of 1965, as amended.

Cadets will receive sponsorship at an accredited MCOLES police academy along with an hourly wage and full City benefits. Licensed MCOLES officers currently have a bargained hourly pay range of $24.30 - $31.43 ($50,546 – $65,364 annual) depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include medical, dental, & vision insurance, pension program, generous paid time off, 14 paid holidays, longevity pay, an education bonus, long term disability and life insurance. 

Preference will be given to applicants who have graduated from an MCOLES police academy. This posting will remain open until filled. 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and completed application.

Police Officer - Job Description

Employment Application

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer"

"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the City of Portland is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

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You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence, S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD) or by email at program.intake@usda.gov

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