Police Officer

Royal Oak, MI
Royal Oak Police Department

Salary: $76,702.50 – $92,505.

Closing Date: June 30, 2024.

Position Summary:

A Police Officer is responsible for the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work will usually consist of routine patrol tasks performed in accordance with departmental rules and regulations. A superior officer regularly checks the work of a Police Officer and gives specific instructions and assistance when special problems arise, although the Police Officer is required to exercise independent discretion when faced with emergency conditions. Work may involve an element of personal danger. Communications are maintained with headquarters through a two-way radio system.

Essential Functions:

1. Affect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.

2. Climb over obstacles; climb through openings; jump down from elevated surfaces; jump over obstacles, ditches and streams; and crawl in confined areas to pursue, search, investigate and/or rescue.

3. Communicate effectively over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications, often under adverse conditions.

4. Communicate verbally and effectively by listening to people and by giving information, directions, and commands.

5. Conduct searches of buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve walking and/or standing for long periods of time and which requires the ability to distinguish color and perceive shapes.

6. Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.

7. Enter and exit vehicles quickly to perform rescue operations, pursue a suspect or answer an emergency call.

8. Exercise independent judgment within legal guidelines, to determine when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.

9. Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informants.

10. Load, unload, aim and fire handguns, shotguns, and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions in situations that justify the use of deadly force while maintaining emotional control under extreme stress.

11. Manage interpersonal conflicts to maintain order.

12. Operate an emergency vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency and pursuit situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits while exercising due care and caution and in exception to traffic control devices and in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions and environmental conditions such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow; within the parameter of departmental policies, rules and regulations.

13. Perform law enforcement patrol functions while working rotating shifts and unanticipated overtime.

14. Perform tasks which require lifting, carrying, or dragging people or heavy objects while performing arrest, rescue or general patrol functions.

15. Perform searches of persons which involve touching and feeling to detect potential weapons and contraband.

16. Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.


1. A minimum of two years of college education, at least 60 semester hours, from an accredited a recognized college or university.

2. Must be a citizen of the United States of America.

3. Must have passed the Pre-Certification Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards written and physical agility tests as required by state law, and as evidenced by a valid official notification.

4. Have a valid motor vehicle operator’s permit with good driving record.