Sponsored Police Recruit


Police Recruit Class of 2023

The City of Kentwood Police Department is currently 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 paid sponsorship to an MCOLES approved police academy.  Upon successful completion of the police academy, MCOLES certification and in-house training at the Kentwood Police Department, the recruit will be sworn in as a Certified Police Officer.   We are looking for ambitious men and women with character, high moral integrity and a strong work ethic.  No prior law enforcement experience is necessary to apply for this position.  To learn more about our department, please view our yearly reports found here

  • Starting recruit pay (during the course of the police academy) is $24.64 per hour.
    • Upon successful completion of the police academy, starting officer pay as of July 1 2023 is $31.99 per hour ($66,535 annually).
    • Top officer pay (after four years of employment) as of July 1 2023  is $40.83 per hour ($84,920 annually).

Effective Date:
During Police Academy  Date
of Hire
1 Year
2 Years
3 Years
4 Years
5 Years
Salary - $66,535 $69.862 $73.356 $77.024 $80,876 $84,920
Hourly $24.64 $31.99 $35.59 $35.27 $37.04 $38.89 $40.83

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;
  • Must be able to attend and complete and MCOLES approve police academy.  
    • Police Academy Sponsorship
      • Competitive pay while attending the police academy
    • Insurance:
      • Employee pays only 2% of medical coverage premiums
      • Health, Vision, Dental & Life Insurance
      • Retirement Heath Savings Plan
    • Vacation:
      • 80 hours of vacation after six months of employment
      • Up to 160 hours of vacation accrued annually based on years of service
      • 11 paid holidays
      • 24 hours of personal time annually
    • Paid Sick Leave:
      • 96 hours accrued annually
      • 1,840 hours maximum accrual
    • Retirement:
      • 401K with 22% total contribution (12% employer, 10% employee)
      • ICMA 457 plan
    • Paid Parental Leave:
      • Four (4) weeks paid leave following birth or adoption
      • Additional two weeks for employees giving birth
    • Continuing education and training
essential functions: 
  • Attends all formal training classes 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 Kentwood Police Department 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
  • Second Round Interview
  • Conditional Offer
  • Physical and Psychological Exam
  • Attend  Police Academy Orientation
  • Successfully completes GVSU or GRCC 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