On Saturday, September 29, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) will host an informational “Meet and Greet” event to discuss the upcoming hiring process for Public Safety Officers. This informal get-together will run from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Walnut & Park Café coffee shop located at 322 W. Walnut St., Kalamazoo, MI. This is a great opportunity to meet current officers and learn what KDPS and the City of Kalamazoo have to offer. Interested candidates will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a recruiter to discuss the upcoming hiring process as well as career and advancement opportunities.
KDPS will be accepting online applications for the position of Public Safety Officers starting October 3. Applications will be accepted through October 16. The application process consists of an application, a written test, a background packet, physical agility test, and several interviews throughout the process. Once these steps are complete, it is anticipated that an offer of employment would be given in March, 2019.
Applications may be submitted online only at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kalamazoomi.
To be considered, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and be 21 years old at time of appointment (March, 2019). Applicants will also be required to pass a written and physical test, and an extensive background investigation. Applicants are not required to be MCOLES (Police) certified to apply.
Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are cross-trained as police officers, firefighters, and medical first responders. They respond to calls for police, fire, and medical emergencies, along with performing other duties.
Advancement/additional opportunities include Detective, Canine Handler, Community Policing Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Crime Lab Technician, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Honor Guard, and Command Officer.
Applicants do not need to have prior police or fire certifications to be considered as KDPS will sponsor them through the police academy and provide fire training, if needed. A training wage may apply to those who need to attend the Police Academy. Additional benefits include a Spanish language bonus, veteran on-the-job training education benefits and the federal direct student loan forgiveness program.
Information about KDPS is available at www.kalamazoopublicsafety.org and questions can be submitted through the “Contact” link at the top of the Home Page.