Police Officer

Livonia, MI
Livonia Police Patrol Bureau Department

Salary: $65,790.40 – $82,097.60 Annually.

Position Summary:
An employee in this classification performs general law enforcement duties in the Police Division of the Department of Public Safety. This employee enforces traffic laws, issues tickets, appears in court, responds to vehicle accidents, apprehends persons who violate City ordinances or State statutes, responds to complaints from citizens, assists persons seeking aid, and performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols the City within an assigned area in a radio dispatched automobile to secure life and property, observe situations, report suspicious or criminal activity, hazardous conditions and deter crime by providing high visibility.
  • Responds to emergency calls for service, disturbances, thefts, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities and other incidents to protect public safety and property, resolve problems, diffuse situations and enforce laws and ordinances and take appropriate action.
  • Provides information, directions and assistance to the public in a variety of situations; takes reports and assists the public with complaints or unusual situations.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with the community, including specific targeted groups, such as the elderly or school-age youth.
  • Assists in developing community crime prevention programs; speaks and educates local business, school, civic, and social groups.
  • Observes, monitors and controls routine and unusual traffic situations; stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate; provides traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events or other congested situations.
  • Makes arrests, apprehends, restrains suspects and serves warrants and subpoenas; takes individuals into custody and may transport them for medical clearance, detainment at the City lockup facility and/or booking at a longer-term facility, as required.
  • Secures crime scenes and evidence; interviews suspects, victims and witnesses; collects and preserves evidence; performs complete investigations and/or cooperates with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support.
  • Provides oversight on juveniles and delinquents and works on cases involving unfit homes and crimes committed against or by juveniles.
  • Assists the City Attorney or the District Attorney staff in preparing, documenting and developing cases and gathering information; testifies in court as required.
  • Directs the activities of police support personnel and/or volunteers in office and field situations.
  • Sets up and takes down speed trailer, temporary emergency signage and devices.
  • Participates in vehicle chases according to departmental policy.
  • Provides mutual aide to other law enforcement agencies as dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Prepares reports; prepares and maintains logs, records and accurate files.
  • May be assigned to assist in conducting special studies of crime prevention, traffic control, or other Police Services issues.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as directed by competent authority.


1. Be a citizen of the United States.

2. Be at least 20 years and 6 months of age.

3. Possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate; and,

4. Have been awarded and provide proof of an associate degree in Law Enforcement or Police Administration or a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university; Or possess four (4) years of paid full-time qualified work experience; Or possess an equivalent combination of college education and full-time paid qualified work experience. See job specifications for more detailed information.

5. Be one of the following and provide proof:

  • Certified Michigan Police Officer; OR
  • Certifiable as a Police Officer in the State of Michigan, subject to verification or re-verification by a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) approved training academy; OR
  • Be currently enrolled in an MCOLES approved training academy and certifiable by date of hire.

6. Possess normal hearing, normal color vision, and normal visual functions and acuity in accordance with the Civil Service Commission approved visual acuity standard as attached.

7. Be free from any physical defects, chronic diseases, organic diseases, organic or functional conditions, or mental and emotional instabilities which may tend to impair the efficient performance of duties or which might endanger the lives of others or the individual employee;

8. Provide proof of passing MCOLES physical fitness certificate obtained within the preceding 12 months of the applicant’s interview date (This requirement may be waived, at the discretion of the Chief of Police, if the applicant is/was employed as a certified police officer within the past five years); and, meet all other physical requirements as determined by the Civil Service Commission and a physician appointed by the City. ALL CANDIDATES MUST COMPLY. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS!

9. Possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s or chauffeur’s license and have an acceptable driving record.