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City Of East Grand Rapids Public Safety Officer in East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Public Safety Officer

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Public Safety Officer


$69,370.00 - $84,563.00 Annually


East Grand Rapids, MI

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  • Description

  • Benefits


Under the supervision of the shift sergeant or staff sergeant with oversight by the public safety captains and broad oversight by the Director of Public Safety, protects life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances and the performance of general firefighting work. Performs specialized duties under emergency conditions; performs a variety of housekeeping and maintenance chores; and performs related work as required.

Must be MCOLES certified or certifiable. Lateral transfers are encouraged and will be reviewed based on years of service in law enforcement. Training for Fire and MMR will be provided by the City if employee does not have certification.

Essential Job Functions

  • Enforce the laws and ordinances of the City of East Grand Rapids and the laws of the State of Michigan.

  • Arrests violators of the law.

  • Issue citations for parking, traffic and equipment violations.

  • Responds to department calls in cases of emergency.

  • Administers first aid and arranges for transportation of injured persons.

  • Patrols assigned areas and the school area during school crossing hours. May act as a school crossing guard as required.

  • Testifies in court.

  • Prepares and maintains required records and reports.

  • Investigates and resolves complaints and violations of the law. Interviews suspects, prisoners, complainants, and witnesses to obtain information and evidence. Searches for and preserves evidence at the scene of crimes or fires.

  • Serves subpoenas and warrants.

  • Responds to fire alarms, lays and connects hose lines and performs related firefighting activities.

  • Drives fire apparatus to the scene of fires and operates ladders, utilizes axes, shovels, extinguishers and other pieces of fire-fighting equipment when controlling and extinguishing fires. Pumps water at the proper pressure, oversees the operation of the pump and motor and makes necessary changes or adjustments. Operates SCBA as required.

  • Participates in fire prevention inspections.

  • Performs general maintenance work in the care and upkeep of firefighting equipment.

  • Develops and maintains specialized skills as required.

  • Maintains operational knowledge of all Departmental orders, policies and procedures, and maintains in a current condition all manuals issued.

  • Maintains and displays thorough knowledge in the application of motor vehicle laws and ordinances including revisions and relevant court decisions.

  • Develops and maintains driving skills in the operation of departmental vehicles in emergency and non-emergency situations consistent with applicable laws and Departmental orders/policies.

  • Any other duties assigned by the Director or designee.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 60 college credit hours, preferably supportive of an associate's degree in Criminal Justice, Fire Science, or related field.

  • Not less than 18 years of age.

  • Possess good moral character as determined by a favorable comprehensive background investigation.

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment drug screen.

  • Ability to successfully complete the MCOLES mandatory completion of basic training.

  • Physically and psychologically fit for duty.

  • United States Citizen

  • MCOLES certification.

  • Firefighter I & II certification, or the ability to obtain it.

  • Medical First Responder certification or the ability to obtain it.

  • Proficient in the use of computers, word processing, spreadsheets and various databases.

  • Displays skill in reading and writing written reports and communications relevant to work performed.

  • Ability to exhibit calm and controlled composure in stress and non-stress encounters with subordinates, citizens, and groups to resolve conflict and manage crisis.

  • Proficient in the use of handgun, shotgun and patrol rifle or the ability to be trained.

  • Driver's license and satisfactory driving record and the ability to maintain one throughout employment.

  • Physically capable of passing a pre-employment physical agility test.

Supplemental information

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work is performed in a variety of settings, including but not limited to in the office and outdoors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. Frequently, the employee works near moving mechanical parts and in outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; taste, smell or lift more than 100 pounds.

The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach with hands or arms, talk, hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel, run, climb fences and ladders, and subdue or take into custody assaultive subjects.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers, office equipment, and radios.

Medical/RX, Dental, and Vision Insurance

All full-time employees are entitled to participate in the Health Insurance Plan which includes Medical/RX, Dental, and Vision insurance after 30 days of employment as elected by the employee for the employee's spouse and their dependents.

Health Reimbursement Arrangement

Full-time employees and their dependents who participate in the Health Insurance Plan are entitled to maintain an HRA, Health Reimbursement Arrangement which has been designed to fund medical expenses towards the deductible.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

The City offers its full-time employees the option to contribute to a Flexible Spending Account, an account that an employee may put money into to pay for out-of-pocket health care costs.

Defined Contribution Plan

All full-time employees hired by the City maintain a Defined Contribution 401a Plan to save for retirement. The City contributes 15 percent of the employee's pay, and the employee contributes 3.77 percent of their gross pay.

Retirement Health Savings Plan

All new full-time employees hired by the City maintain an RHSP to save funds for retiree healthcare expenses. Employees contribute 1.5% of their gross pay and the City contributions an additional 1.5% of the employee's gross pay on a pay period basis.

457 Deferred Compensation Plan

Full-time employees may contribute towards a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Contributing towards a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan allows employees to save and invest additional funds for retirement.

Roth IRA

Full-time employees may contribute towards a Roth IRA Plan. Contributing towards a Roth IRA Plan allows employees to save and invest additional funds for retirement.

Sick Leave

Full-time employees accrue sick leave monthly to compensate the employee when they are off work.

Life and Long Term Disability Insurance

Group term life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance policies are available to all full-time employees in the amount equal to the employee's annual salary rounded off to the nearest thousand dollars.

A group long-term disability insurance plan is provided to all full-time employees after a 90-day elimination period.

Vacation Leave

Full-time employees accrue paid vacation beginning on their date of hire and are eligible to use paid vacation following the completion of their probationary period.

Service Weeks

0-4 2

5-9 3

10-14 4

15-19 4.5

20+ 5

Vacation Purchase Program

Full-time employees may purchase an additional week of vacation during open enrollment.

Vacation Sell Back Program

Full-time employees after 5 years of service may sell back a week of vacation during open enrollment. Full-time employees with at least 10 years of service may sell back up to 120 hours of vacation each year during open enrollment.


Employees shall be paid annually for the following holidays:

New Year's Day Labor Day Christmas

Good Friday Veteran's Day Day before New Year's Day

Memorial Day Thanksgiving Employee's Birthday

Independence Day Day before Christmas

Longevity Pay

Employees receive Longevity Pay semiannually based on their length of service. Longevity pay ranges from $200 annually after 5 years of service, up to $1,000 annually after 25 years of service.

Tuition Assistance

Full-time employees after 1 year of service may apply for up to $2,000 annually for tuition reimbursement for coursework taken at an accredited community college, university, or graduate school.

Recreation Discounts

Full-time and Part-time employees and their immediate family members may receive discounts on various offerings through the Parks & Recreation Department.


The City has contracted with an outside agency to offer employees an Employee Assistance Center. This program is designed to help employees with any personal problems including but not limited to family, legal, and financial stress.


City Of East Grand Rapids


Public Safety Department


770 Lakeside Dr SE East Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49506





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