Police Officer Recruitment

The Norton Shores Police Department is an internationally accredited law enforcement agency seeking dedicated and ambitious men and women who desire a worthwhile career in law enforcement.  The Department strongly encourages women and minorities to apply.

Police Officer Job Description

The City of Norton Shores is an Equal Opportunity Employer


 Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Competitive retirement plan
  • Educational reimbursement program
  • Comprehensive family health, dental and vision insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation, sick and personal leave
  • Uniform and equipment

 Minimum Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • 21 years of age
  • Two year degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice or another related field and successful completion of Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) basic police officer certification program;
  • No felony convictions
  • Satisfactory driving record
  • Physical and psychological ability to perform the essential job functions of the position
  • Valid Michigan operator's or chauffeur's license at the time of appointment
  • MCOLES license or ability to be licensed prior to appointment

 Selection Process

The following are the steps involved in the Department’s Police Officer selection process.

1.   When the Department seeks to fill a vacancy, the Department will post the opening on some or all of the following: nortonshores.org, MCOLES, Facebook, etc. Acceptable candidates will be notified of the date, time, and location of the interview via phone, mail or email.

2.   The initial oral interview will consist of a panel of Department personnel from various ranks.  Candidates selected to continue in the process will be notified via phone, mail or email.

3.   The candidate(s) selected to continue in the process will be subject to an intensive background investigation.  Candidates may be disqualified for providing false information on their application, background questionnaire or during the interview process.

4.   Successful candidates will be provided with a Conditional Offer of Employment, subject to the satisfactory completion of physical (including drug screening) and psychological evaluations.

5.   Upon satisfactory completion, the Chief of Police will conduct a final interview and make a recommendation to the City Administrator for employment.

 Time Table

The selection process is anticipated to be completed four to eight weeks.

 Reapplication Process

Unsuccessful applicants will be eligible for employment for future openings.