Public Safety Application Period Opens October 30

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 and questions can be submitted through the “Contact” link at the top of the Home Page.

Installation of In-Road Pedestrian Signs Underway

More than 60 new In-Road Pedestrian Crossing Signs will be installed at 20 crosswalk locations in the City of Kalamazoo. The new signs are in addition to the 108 “Local Law, Stop Here for Pedestrians” signs that have already been added at 54 crosswalks this year.

The in-road signs are meant to further increase awareness of drivers’ responsibility to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. A new city ordinance that took effect June 1, 2019 requires motorists to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks without a traffic signal (where traffic signals are present, all road users must obey the signal).

Locations for the in-road signs were chosen based on criteria such as traffic speed and volume, street width, and observed pedestrian usage. Four in-road signs will be installed at a typical crosswalk, although wider streets will receive more. Locations were finalized in July but due to delivery delays, installation was not able to begin until October 21.

A map of locations can be found here. The initial 20 locations are expected to be expanded upon in future years as efforts to educate drivers and pedestrians continue.

See how the Foundation for Excellence invests in Kalamazoo with interactive dashboard

We are happy to introduce a new interactive dashboard that displays how and where the Foundation for Excellence is investing in the City of Kalamazoo. The dashboard shows all projects that have been budgeted since the inception of the Foundation, as well as which neighborhood they are located in. You can also see how much each neighborhood has benefited from property tax savings, both by property type (residential/industrial/commercial) and occupancy (rental/owner-occupied). Explore how FFE invests in our City at 

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