Police Officer

Canton, MI
Canton Township Police Department

Salary: $66,245 per year.

Position Summary:

This is general police work in the protection of life and property and the enforcement of criminal and traffic laws and local ordinances. An employee in this class is responsible for the protection of life and property; prevention of crime; apprehension of criminals; and the general enforcement of laws and ordinances in a designated area on an assigned shift. The employee may be assigned to special details and to a training capacity.

The employee must be able to independently exercise quick but sound judgment in applying appropriate police methods in emergency situations. As the employee acquires experience on the job, they will be granted additional responsibility. Work is supervised by a superior officer through personal inspection, review of reports, and through general appraisal of the effectiveness of the police service.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols a designated area of the Township to preserve law and order, to prevent/discover the commission of crime, and to enforce motor vehicle operation and parking regulations.
  • Answers calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, robberies, and other misdemeanors and felonies.
  • At scene of an accident, crime, or fire administers first aid; conducts preliminary investigations; gathers evidence; obtains witnesses; and may make arrests and take prisoners to jail.
  • Responds to calls at addresses of commercial, residential, and adjoining areas.
  • At central police desk, interviews persons with complaints and inquiries, and attempts to make the proper disposition or directs them to proper authorities.
  • Furnishes escorts when required.
  • Prepares evidence for issuance of complaints, testifies as a witness in court, and makes reports of all activities and disposition of cases.
  • Maintains order in court; conducts prisoners to court from detention quarters; serves criminal process including warrants and departmental subpoenas.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Certified or certifiable as a Michigan Police Officer or currently enrolled in a recognized Police Academy; must have Police Officer Certification from the State of Michigan at time of hire.
  • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement or related field
  • Must possess a current, valid Michigan Driver’s License with a driving history that does not create liability concerns; i.e. convictions of reckless driving, careless driving, suspended license, or convictions involving drinking and impaired driving.
  • Successful completion of the MCOLES Reading and Writing Skills Examination.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed MCOLES Physical Fitness Test within the past twelve months at time of interview.