Sponsored Police Recruit


Police Recruit Class of 2023

The City of Kentwood Police Department is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of
sponsored police recruit
.   This position is for those who aspire to become full-time police officers for the City of Kentwood, but have not yet attended a police academy.  The Kentwood Police Department will provide a full paid sponsorship to the recruit to attend the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.   Upon successful completion of the police academy, MCOLES certification and in-house training at the Kentwood Police Department, the recruit will be sworn in as Certified Kentwood Police Officers.   We are looking for ambitious men and women with character, high moral integrity and a strong work ethic.  No prior law enforcement experience is necessary to apply for this position.  To learn more about our department, please view our yearly reports found here

  • Starting recruit pay (during the course of the police academy) is $24.64 per hour.
    • Upon successful completion of the police academy, starting officer pay as of July 1 2023 is $31.99 per hour ($66,535 annually).
    • Top officer pay (after four years of employment) as of July 1 2023  is $40.83 per hour ($84,920 annually).

Effective Date:
During Police Academy  Date
of Hire
1 Year
2 Years
3 Years
4 Years
5 Years
Salary - $66,535 $69.862 $73.356 $77.024 $80,876 $84,920
Hourly $24.64 $31.99 $35.59 $35.27 $37.04 $38.89 $40.83

minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be a United States citizen at the time of testing;
  • Must not have any felony convictions and certain misdemeanor convictions;
  • Possess a valid Michigan driver's license prior to hire date;
  • Must be able to attend the GVSU Police Academy
    • Police Academy Sponsorship
      • Competitive pay while attending the police academy
    • Insurance:
      • Employee pays only 2% of medical coverage premiums
      • Health, Vision, Dental & Life Insurance
      • Retirement Heath Savings Plan
    • Vacation:
      • 80 hours of vacation after six months of employment
      • Up to 160 hours of vacation accrued annually based on years of service
      • 11 paid holidays
      • 24 hours of personal time annually
    • Paid Sick Leave:
      • 96 hours accrued annually
      • 1,840 hours maximum accrual
    • Retirement:
      • 401K with 22% total contribution (12% employer, 10% employee)
      • ICMA 457 plan
    • Paid Parental Leave:
      • Four (4) weeks paid leave following birth or adoption
      • Additional two weeks for employees giving birth
    • Continuing education and training
essential functions: 
  • Attends all formal training classes in preparation for re-classification to full-time Law Enforcement Officer
  • Attends an orientation period at the Kentwood Police Department
  • Completes training assignments (resulting from the orientation period)
  • Learns Kentwood Police Department policies and procedures
hiring process:
  • Complete Online Application
  • Oral Board interviews
  • Complete and Submit Background Questionnaire
  • Complete MCOLES Physical Agility, Reading and Writing Test
  • Pass Background Investigation
  • Second Round Interview
  • Conditional Offer
  • Physical and Psychological Exam
  • Attend  GVSU Police Academy Orientation
  • Successfully completes GVSU Police Academy
  • Sworn in as a full-time Police Officer with the Kentwood Police Department

officer ryan smith   
phone:  616-656-6685
E-Mail:  smithr@kentwood.us