Employment Opportunities

Announced:  5/10/2017

Police Officer

The City of Portage, a progressive community in southwest Michigan, periodically creates a candidate pool from which future vacancies will be filled. At this time, we are operating from a recruitment list created in May 2017.  We will accept but are not currently recruiting additional candidates for the position of Full-time Police Officer.  We will retain resumes/applications for future consideration for a period of one year, after which time you must reapply. 

These are highly responsible positions involving crime prevention, criminal and emergency response, investigation and traffic enforcement.  The starting hourly rate is $20.67 per hour and moves to $30.54 within five years with an excellent benefits package.

To be considered for a future pool of candidates for the City of Portage, you must complete our employment application as well as the Police Officer Supplemental Application.   We will notify all applicants 30 days prior to the next testing date and give them the opportunity to register for the exam administered by the City of Portage.  


Supplemental Application.pdf  

The minimum qualifications for a successful candidate include the following: 

  • Must possess an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice or related field.  A Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice is preferred.
  • Must be MCOLES certified or certifiable.
  • Applicants must complete a City of Portage Application.
  • Must pass a written assessment test, an internal oral board (Panel) interview, comprehensive background investigation and post-offer physical and psychological examinations.
  • Must pass or have passed the MCOLES physical fitness test.
  • Must possess/obtain a valid Michigan driver license with excellent record.
  • No felony convictions, including expunged convictions.
  • Must obtain residency within 20 miles of city boundaries within specified time frame.

Interested candidates must complete and submit an application to Human Resources, City of Portage, 7900 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49002 OR apply on-line using the link below. 

For further information, call Human Resources at (269) 329-4533. 

 The City of Portage is an Equal Opportunity Employer