City accepting applications for police recruits through Sept. 7

Published on July 16, 2018

Grand Rapids police officers assembled in a group photo at the Blue Bridge

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids is looking for individuals interested in joining its team of law enforcement professionals. Applications are available for Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) police recruit positions with a planned hire date of April 22, 2019. Police recruit positions can be filled by individuals who do not possess any formal law enforcement training.

The application and full job description are available at and by clicking “current job postings” and  searching for police recruit. The application deadline 4:55 p.m. EST Tuesday, Sept. 7. 

Police recruit candidates are hired by the City of Grand Rapids and sponsored to attend the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Police Academy, which begins April 29, 2019.  Candidates who are sponsored to attend the GVSU Academy are paid as a police recruit with a starting annual pay of $45,369 and receive all the benefits provided by the City while attending the police academy. Upon successful completion of the police academy, recruits return to GRPD for additional training and are sworn in as police officers. 

“Retirements of current personnel continue to present an opportunity to hire new law enforcement representatives who will strengthen the department’s future," Police Chief David Rahinsky said. "We are committed to hiring qualified professional candidates who share our passion for public service, integrity and honor. If you meet the minimum qualifications outlined in the job description and are interested in serving and protecting our community, we are interested in you.” 

All applicants must pass the civil service exam and meet all Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) minimum licensing requirements. These include:

  • 18 years or older
  • U.S. citizen
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license
  • No felony crimes (see MCOLES website for additional disqualifying criminal      
    history information)
  • Good moral character
  • Pass a comprehensive background investigation
  • Pass MCOLES reading, writing and physical fitness exams
  • Pass MCOLES psychological evaluation
  • Pass MCOLES medical evaluation and drug screening
  • Pass the City of Grand Rapids Civil Service Exam
  • Pass an oral board interview

Visit the MCOLES website for additional information about the minimum licensing standards.

For questions about the recruiting process, call the GRPD Community Engagement Unit at 616.456.3301, message @GrandRapidsPD or email at