Detroit Police Department Careers


Recruitment - Officer Smith


More Career Opportunities!

Over 100 units and hundreds of options 

Entry-Level starts at more than $20/hour (While in the paid Detroit Police Academy)


  • Additional 2% for hires with at least 2 years college credit from an accredited college or university at hire
  • Tuition Reimbursement ($2000) after 1 year continuous service following the completion of the Detroit Police Academy*
  • Annual Step Increases for the first 5 years of employment
  • Student Police Officers are paid while attending training; training is provided through the Detroit Police Academy


Additional Pay:

  • Shift Differential (Afternoon, Midnight)
  • Off-Duty Court Appearances
  • Uniform Allowance


Full Benefits Package:

  • Medical, Dental and Optical Insurance Plans
  • Three (3) Paid Holidays per Year
  • Four (4) Floating Holidays
  • Twenty (20) Vacation Days per Year
  • Retirement Plan



  • Meet minimum requirements, including a criminal history check
  • Pass MCOLES Pre-Employment Reading and Writing test**
  • Pass MCOLES Physical Fitness Test**
  • Attend Application Orientation
  • Pass Background Investigation
  • Pass Oral Board Interview
  • Pass Psychological (written and oral) and Medical Examinations

The MCOLES Reading & Writing Test and the MCOLES Physical Agility Test are currently being offered at no charge to Detroit Police Dept. candidates (normal fees of $68 and $45 are waived.) Contact Recruiting at 313-596-2607 for more.




Must be at least 18 years of age – Possess a valid Driver’s License 
High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution 
U.S. Citizenship – No Felony Convictions


Police Recruits


DIVERSITY STATEMENT: The City of Detroit Police Department is committed to maintaining a police force that reflects the diversity of the community. The City of Detroit is constantly striving to provide the highest level of public service by men and women from all backgrounds and cultures to maintain a police department that is responsive to the needs of the total community.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Detroit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No applicant for employment shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability or other criteria prohibited by city, state or federal law.


Required Documents


The following documents are required in order for you to be considered for a position as a Police Officer with the Detroit Police Department.

These documents are required in order for the investigator to conduct your pre-employment investigation. You are advised to start gathering these documents immediately in order to expedite the investigation process.

Gather these documents now, and you will be advised when they need to be produced. Do not mail these documents.

MCOLES Written and Agility Test scores must be submitted within 45 days of you indicating interest in applying for a position with the Detroit Police Department.


Please, bring the original and one copy of ALL required documents.


  • Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Photo of Yourself (4x6)-(in business attire, waist-up)
  • Driver’s License
  • Driving Record (out of state applicants)
  • Voter’s Registration Card
  • Copies of Any Pending Lawsuits
  • Friend of Court Records (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (if applicable)
  • Marriage License and/or Divorce Decree
  • Military Documents-DD214 Long Form
  • MCOLES Test Scores-Written & Agility
  • High School Diploma & Transcript or GED Certificate & Exam Score
  • Copy of College Degree (if applicable) & official transcripts
  • Official Credit Report (see below information regarding obtaining your credit report)
  • If you are self-employed: Income Tax Records for the past 2 years



for Detroit Police Candidates


After you apply, you can register for the free MCOLES reading & writing test and free MCOLES agility test


MCOLES Agility Test Minimum Performance Standards


Age Group Vertical Jump Sit Ups Push Ups 1/2 Mile Shuttle Run
18-29 17.5 32 30 4:29.6
30-39 16.0 30 30 4:38.2
40+ 15.0 30 28 4:54.7


Age Group Vertical Jump Sit Ups Push Ups 1/2 Mile Shuttle Run
18-29 11.0 28 7 5:35.4
30-39 9.0 19 7 5:59.1
40+ 8.0 18 7 6:13.3


If you have already completed the MCOLES Reading & Writing Test, submit your scores with your application and sign up for the Free MCOLES Agility Test

MCOLES agility scores are valid for 6 months and not transferrable to any other agency.

*MCOLES Reading Writing Test $68 fee & MCOLES Agility Test $45 fee is paid by Detroit Police Details regarding the MCOLES Test are available at