Sponsored Police Recruit


The City of Kentwood Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of sponsored police recruit.   This position is for those who aspire to become full-time police officers for the City of Kentwood, but have not yet attended a police academy.  The Kentwood Police Department will provide a full sponsorship to the recruit to  the Grand Valley State University Police Academy.   Upon successful completion of the police academy, MCOLES certification and in-house training at the Kentwood Police Department, you will be sworn in as a Certified Police Officer.  We are looking for ambitious men and women with high moral integrity and a strong work ethic. No prior law enforcement experience is necessary to apply for this position. 

minimum requirements:
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be a United States citizen at the time of testing;
  • Must not have any felony convictions and certain misdemeanor convictions;
  • Possess a valid Michigan driver's license prior to hire date;
  • Police Academy Sponsorship
  • Recruits  additionally receive competitive pay throughout the academy
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance (including vision/dental)
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement/401K (9% employer contribution, 15% total) 
  • Continuing education and training
essential functions: 
  • Attends formal training classes at Grand Valley State University Police Academy and/or a similar MCOLES approved facility in preparation for re-classification to full-time Law Enforcement Officer
  • Attends an orientation period at the Kentwood Police Department
  • Completes training assignments (resulting from the orientation period)
  • Learns the Department’s policies and procedures
hiring process:
  • Complete Online Application
  • Oral Board interviews
  • Complete and Submit Background Questionnaire
  • Complete MCOLES Physical Agility, Reading and Writing Test
  • Pass Background Investigation
  • Complete EMPCO Exam
  • Second Round Interview
  • Conditional Offer
  • Physical and Psychological Exam
  • Attend GVSU Police Academy Orientation
  • Successfully complete GVSU Police Academy
  • Sworn in as a full-time Police Officer with the Kentwood Police Department

officer ryan smith   
phone:  616-656-6685
E-Mail:  smithr@kentwood.us
application:  www.kentwood.us/employment