Police Officer

Holland, MI
Holland Police Department

Salary: $29.84 – $39.61.

Closing Date: December 31, 2023.

Position Summary:

Patrols an assigned area of the City in a patrol car, motorcycle, other vehicles, bicycle or on foot in order to control traffic, investigate citizen’s complaints, initiate appropriate action upon viewing hazardous situations, prevent crime or disturbance of the peace, investigates and assists at accident scenes, investigates crimes and arrest violators of statutes and ordinances.

Essential Functions:

  1. Regularly patrols assigned patrol district while observing traffic for violations of traffic laws and ordinances, assisting stranded motorists, checking for wanted vehicles, and/or studying traffic patterns. Utilizes radar equipment and visual observation to determine violations, issue citations and make arrests.
  2. Regularly responds to a variety of citizen complaints such as burglaries, robberies, domestic quarrels, assaults or other criminal complaints or calls for service. Assists complainants and, if necessary, initiates an investigation by interviewing victims, witnesses, suspects, as well as gathering evidence. Prepares a preliminary report on the details of the complaint in a clear, concise and logical sequence establishing the elements of the crime investigated.
  3. Responds to accident scenes to render first aid to injured persons, route traffic around the accident scene, and investigate the cause of the accident. Prepares a report on the details of the accident. May have to assist with removal of debris from the crash scene.
  4. Responds to crimes in progress and intervenes when appropriate.
  5. Conducts proactive patrols including foot patrol, citizen contacts, and surveillance to monitor for illegal or suspicious activity.
  6. Makes arrests of individuals wanted on a warrant or based on probable cause. May have to use legal and reasonable force when dealing with violent, resistive or combative individuals.
  7. Interacts with the public and business owners to build relationships, address issues, and represent the department and our core values.
  8. Follows up on preliminary investigation of complaints and assists in the investigation of major or complex complaints.
  9. Appears in court to testify on investigated cases, citations issued or arrests made.
  10. Checks business establishments after normal hours to assure proper security.
  11. Assists in controlling large crowds and in quelling civil disturbances by directing traffic, guarding crowd boundaries, monitoring and observing crowd for illegal activity, preventing and/or intervening in fights, maintaining order and removing and taking necessary legal action to protect all individuals present.
  12. Assists in the processing of new inmates by searching them, completing booking information, recording and storing their personal effects, photographing, and fingerprinting. May provide prisoner meal and conduct cell checks.
  13. Inspects establishments or activities where a permit or licenses is necessary for operation. Initiates appropriate action if proper authority has not been granted or established standards are not being followed.
  14. Serves subpoenas, warrants, and other legal documents.
  15. May serve in temporary assignments such as, working in the Community Policing Unit, tactical team, traffic unit, crisis negotiators, special investigative assignments (i.e. WEMET, Detective Bureau) or performing other special projects as assigned by the Police Chief.
  16. Miscellaneous duties/responsibilities as required or assigned.


  • Be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Posses a valid Michigan motor vehicle operator or chauffeur license.
  • Have a minimum two years college, preferably four, and be MCOLES certifiable.
  • Have no felony offense convictions (misdemeanor convictions or a poor driving record may be indicative of a poor reputation, background, judgment, and level of maturity and may have a negative affect on your chances of employment).
  • Have good moral character and reputation.
  • Normal hearing.
  • Normal color vision and visual functions (correctable to 20/20).
  • Height and weight proportional to each other and age (according to acceptable medical standards).
  • Pass drug screening.
  • Pass psychological testing.
  • Pass the scrutiny of an extensive background investigation including waiving the right to privacy in regard to past employment, financial, medical, and conduct performance.
  • Provide fingerprints after an oral interview and assessment testing and at the time a background investigation is authorized.