Sponsored Police Recruit


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 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, recruits will be sworn in as Certified Police Officers.   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. 





  • Starting recruit pay (during the police academy) is $23.92 per hour.
    • Upon successful completion of the police academy starting officer pay as of July 1 2022 is $30.61 per hour ($63,671 annually).
    • Top officer pay (after four years) as of July 1 2023  is $39.95 per hour ($83,091 annually).
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 the GVSU Police Academy starting August 2023
  • Police Academy Sponsorship
  • Competitive recruit pay while in the police academy with full benefits
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance (including vision/dental)
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement/401K (9% employer contribution, 15% total) 
  • Continuing education and training
essential functions: 
  • Attends all formal training classes at Grand Valley State University Police Academy 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
  • 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

recruitment officer ryan smith   
phone:  616-656-6685
E-Mail:  smithr@kentwood.us