Recruitment Information


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. 

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Competitive pension 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
  • Four 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; or 
  • Two year degree in criminal justice or related field, successful completion of MCOLES basic police officer certification program and one year of on-the-job law enforcement experience; or
  • Two year degree in criminal justice or related field, military experience and / or graduate from MCOLES Military Police Academy. 
  • No felony convictions
  • Satisfactory driving record - Automatic disqualifications include, but not limited to:
    • Suspension/revocation for "unsatisfactory driving record" in the previous three years
    • Two or more hazardous citations in the previous three years
    • Two or more "at-fault" vehicle crashes in previous three years
    • A combination of two hazardous citations and "at-fault" vehicle crashes in previous three years from separate incidents
    • Any conviction for operating while under the influence, operating while impaired, or driving while license suspended/revoked
  • 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.   The Department is a member of the Law Enforcement Testing System. Individuals interested in applying for employment with the Department must register for, and complete, the written test provided by EMPCO.  These scores remain valid for one year.  Go to for information and instructions.

2.   When the Department seeks to fill a vacancy, the Department will search the Law Enforcement Testing System and select candidates for oral interviews based on test scores. Successful candidates will be notified of the date, time, and location of the interview via mail or email.

3.   The initial oral interview will consist of a panel of Department personnel from various ranks.  Candidates selected to continue in the process will will be notified of the date, time, and location of the second interview via mail or email.

4.   The second interview will consist of situational and practical testing.

5.   The candidate(s) selected to continue in the process after the second interview 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.

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

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

Time Table

Applicants may register and complete the written test through EMPCO at any time prior to the Department’s publicized deadline. The selection process is anticipated to be completed four to eight weeks after the Department searches the Law Enforcement Testing System for candidates.

Reapplication Process

1. Unsuccessful applicants will be eligible for employment for future openings, as long as their registration and test score remain in effect in the Law Enforcement Testing System.

2. Test scores are valid for one year; however, applicants may take the test twice per year.

The City of Norton Shores is an Equal Opportunity Employer