It's becoming an increasingly difficult and dangerous job. But, thank goodness, people still want to do it. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is hiring Public Safety Officers for service beginning in June 2016.

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During the application period of which is now through Friday, November 13, applications may be submitted online ONLY at

To be considered, applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and be 21 years old at time of appointment (June 1, 2016). Applicants will also be required to pass written and physical tests, and an extensive background investigation. Applicants are not required to be MCOLES (Police) certified to apply.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are cross trained as police officers, firefighters, and medical first responders. They respond to calls for police, fire, and medical emergencies, along with other duties.

Advancement/additional opportunities include Detective, Canine Handler, Community Policing Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Crime Lab Technician, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Honor Guard, and Command Officer, among others.

Newly hired officers start at $18.76 per hour. Those who have already received their firefighter certifications will start at $20.62 per hour. Applicants do not need to have prior police or fire certifications to be considered; KDPS will sponsor them through the police academy and provide fire training if needed.

Source: City of Kalamazoo release

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