Entry Level Police Officer Requirements




 To apply, go to EMPCO’S website at www.empco.net to register for your written exam.  The written exam must be completed by 5:00 pm on February 6, 2017.

 Empco, Inc. has been contracted to facilitate the written examination process. Candidates passing the written examination will be contacted to complete an application.

Applicant Requirements

The City of Southgate is seeking applicants for employment for the position of entry-level Probationary Police Officer to create an eligibility list.  The current starting salary is $39,131.08, plus benefits.  The minimum qualifications include:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Must possess an Associate’s Degree or equivalent (60 credit hours) or 5 years of certified Police Service
  • Be at least 21 years of age at time of application
  • Must have a good driving record and a valid Michigan driver’s license.
  • Must pass a complete background investigation.
  • Must successfully pass all written and oral exams administered at the direction of the Police and Fire Civil Service Commission.
  • Must have no prior felony or other disqualifying convictions and/or arrests.
  • Must pass all psychological, physical, and drug screen exams administered at the direction of the City.
  • Must have no other disqualifying factors that would prohibit or otherwise preclude the applicant from fully performing the duties of a Southgate Police Officer.
  • Must comply with Southgate Police Department policy which requires all members to present a neat and professional appearance at all times.
  • Tattoos, brands, body piercings and other body art shall not be visible while a member is in uniform or other business attire.
  • The uniform includes a short sleeve shirt open at the front of the neck. In addition to visibility, some tattoos or brands may have symbolic meanings that are inconsistent with the values of the Southgate Police Department.
  • You must be MCOLES certified, certifiable, or able to prove you are currently attending or are scheduled to attend, an MCOLES certified police academy at the time of application. NOTE: All applications submitted without proof of the above will be rejected.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to maintain the aforementioned pre-employment eligibility standards and requirements.
  • Fingerprinting will be done electronically by SPD, at the time of the preliminary interview.

The City of Southgate is an equal opportunity employer.