UPDATE: The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has decided to extend the application period for its current hiring process for “Public Safety Officer” until Monday November 18, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
KDPS will open up the application process for the position of “Public Safety Officer” on Oct. 30, 2019 and it will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2019. 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 May, 2020.
Applications may be submitted between 10/30/19 through 11/15/19 at the following websites:
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 (May, 2020). 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. 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.
Advancement/additional opportunities include: Detective, Canine Handler, Community Policing Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Crime Lab Technician, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Honor Guard, and Command Officer.
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.