Police Officer

Mount Pleasant, MI
Central Michigan University

Salary: $26.04 – $30.21

Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

This is a sworn law enforcement position that involves protecting life and property through enforcement of laws, ordinances, and policy. Work involves responding to emergency and non-emergency police calls for service, responsibility for performing assigned police work of varying difficulty utilizing community oriented/problem solving techniques which include community engagement, resource development, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, crime prevention, detection and investigation, apprehension of violators, preservation of order, and related police functions.

Essential Functions:

  • Communication, decision-making, staff assistance, investigation/interrogation, planning and organizing, patrolling, controlling situations, equipment used, and policies and procedures.
  • Interacts and communicates with the public, co-workers, staff, students, and other police departments.
  • Reports complaints, unusual and/or hazardous conditions, broken/damaged equipment and other emergency information.
  • Enters, transcribes, records, stores, or maintains information in either written form or by electronic/magnetic recording.
  • Completes daily logs/work records.
  • Dispatches personnel to calls for service.
  • May testify in court.
  • Decision-Making Activities.
  • Reviews facts, literature, law books, etc., to draw conclusions regarding if laws have been broken or to determine if an arrest is warranted.
  • Observes and analyzes situations to determine appropriate responses.
  • Uses evidence collected at accident and emergency scenes to draw valid conclusions.
  • Reviews policy and procedural guidelines, manuals, and department records to determine appropriateness and conformance with rules and regulations.
  • Makes decisions on whether to terminate a vehicle pursuit.
  • Staff Assistance Activities.
  • Provides back up for other officers.
  • Provides general assistance to other police officers, supervisors and other agencies.
  • Assists new officers in adapting to the department and instructs them in policing techniques.
  • Assists others in specialized areas of professional police work.


  • Associates degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Current MCOLES certification or must achieve MCOLES certification within 12 months of date of hire.
  • Academy sponsorship may be supported for applicant by CMU Police Department.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Possession of the physical capabilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
  • Ability to successfully complete training to become a certified LEIN computer system operator.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately complete written reports.
  • Must possess maturity of judgment and ability to act with tact and restraint while utilizing resolutions techniques.
  • Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and project a positive image.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • One year of increasingly responsible work experience in public safety.
  • Experience working in a higher education environment.