Police Career Opportunities

The Battle Creek Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.  Police Officer duties include providing police service to the general public and patrolling the city limits, enforcement of city ordinances and state laws. responding to calls for service, investigating crimes, testify in court when needed, and special assignments.  Police Officer base salary starts at $50,689.60 and progresses to $69,513.60 after four years.  Starting wage/vacation consideration given to experienced MCOLES or MCOLES eligible (out of state) Police Officers.

We anticipate a continuous hiring process over the next 18 months.  An active hiring eligibility list is being established.  Women, Minorities, and Military Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Requirements


  • Must be at least twenty-one (21) years old
  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must have an associate degree or higher from a recognized accredited college or university or any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the functions of the job at the time of application
  • Must not have any felony convictions
  • Passed MCOLES approved academy and be licensable in Michigan
  • Must have a valid State of Michigan motor vehicle or chauffeur's license
  • Must submit to a full background investigation, including fingerprinting and financial investigation
  • Must successfully pass a medical examination, including drug screen
  • Must successfully pass a psychological examination
  • Must successfully pass a physical fitness examination

    Motto


    City of Battle Creek Police Department: Serving with Pride for Over 100 Years.

    About the Department


    The Battle Creek Police Department serves one of the largest incorporated areas in the State of Michigan. Service is provided to the City of Battle Creek and Bedford Township.

    The department is professionally staffed by 112 sworn officers and assisted by 18 civilian employees. This team responds to over 66,000 calls for service annually and provides a variety of services.
    1. New Officer Training
    2. Employment Process
    3. Benefits

    New Officer Training


    The Battle Creek Police Department goes beyond academy training to ensure that new officers are confident and capable of protecting themselves, and the community they serve. After being sworn in, officers are assigned to the Training Unit for an 80 hour orientation where they are issued their basic equipment and also receive: 
    • Advance Use of Force Training
    • Communication Skills
    • Domestic Violence
    • The latest in scenario based training
    • Problem Solving
    Following this, officers will be required to successfully complete an Extensive Police Training Officer Program.