Become a Canton Police Officer
About Canton Police Department
The Canton Police Department is a full-time law enforcement agency currently budgeted for 91 sworn officers, with plans to increase staffing over the next several years. Canton is a community-oriented agency, providing professional police service beyond traditional enforcement.
Core Purpose / Core Values
"We deliver excellent police service to those who live,work and visit our community by deploying the most highly trained and qualified personnel in order to provide a safe and secure community.
Core Values: Professionalism, Excellence, Teamwork, Integrity, Courage
Financial BenefitsCanton Police Officers earn a competitive 2018 salary, ranging $44,963 (starting rate) up to $74,524 (after 4 years).
Canton Police Officers also receive a hybrid MERS pension plan, healthcare, dental, optical and life insurance.
Canton Police Officers are encouraged to continue their education and leadership development with a bargaining unit agreement of full-paid tuition for coursework toward a Bachelor's or Master's Degree. The department utilizes Third Party Billing direct with area universities eliminating out-of-pocket costs typically created by out-dated reimbursement programs.
Canton Police Officers enjoy the benefit of working with the latest in product technology, including a new 800 mHz radio system, electronic reporting and ticketing through CLEMIS, crime and GIS mapping through CLEMIS, in-car cameras and body cameras.
Canton Police Officers are privileged with access to the most advanced interactive Use-Of-Force and Firearms training simulator, the MILO Range Pro training system.
FacilitiesThe Police Department is located in the Canton Public Safety Headquarters building, a 33,000 square foot facility that houses a premier 911 communications center, booking area, eight cell lock-up for up to 72-hour holds, investigations bureau, and administrative offices.
Canton Police Department also owns a gun range facility with outdoor targets, indoor simulation building, and classroom facility.
Special Units Available To Police Officers
|Accident Investigation||Evidence Technician||Rapid Response Unit||Special Operations Team (SWAT)|
|Bicycle Unit||Explorer Program Advisor||School Resource Officer||TEAM Instructor|
|Detective Bureau||K-9 Unit||Special Enforcement (Motorcycles)||Undercover Assignments
(Narcotics, surveillance, etc.)
Canton is a 36-square mile Charter Township, located halfway between Ann Arbor and Detroit. Canton features convenient access to all major freeways including I-275, I-94, I-96, and I-696, and is just 15 minutes from Detroit Metro Airport.
Canton is a dynamic and diverse community with over 93,000 residents who enjoy a variety of dining, fitness, retail, commercial, and religious facilities.
Canton's vibrant Downtown Development Authority District located along Ford Road features over 300 retail commercial and medical facilities. The community continues to grow with popular new establishments opening on a regular basis.
Canton promotes individual's wellness with a 95,000 square foot community recreation facility, the Summit on the Park. The community also consists of nine beautiful community parks, including a dog park, access to multiple trail systems, two golf courses, as well as multiple commercial fitness facilities.
Canton's housing market consists of a variety of apartments, condominiums and single-family homes spanning across all price ranges.
Canton prides itself as being a diverse community, with individuals and families from multiple cultures making Canton their home. Canton has numerous Commissions for culture, arts & heritage to guide the growing community into a rich, inclusive community for all.
Canton has a variety of top-quality schooling options, and houses Michigan's only multiple high school campus, Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. The campus consists of three high schools and boasts a daytime population of 6,000 students and staff.
SEMCOG Community Profile
Applications are accepted several times throughout the year for the purpose of establishing eligibility lists. Please contact Canton's Human Resources Department for the current hiring status , or sign up to receive Canton Job Alerts by email.
- Not less than 18 years of age
- United States Citizenship
- Successful completion of the MCOLES mandatory basic training curriculum
- Candidates seeking reciprocity from other states may apply for the Recognition of Prior Training and Experience Program
- Applicants must have passed the MCOLES Reading & Writing test
- Applicants must have passed the MCOLES physical agility exam within the past 12 months
- Applicants must be MCOLES certified, or be MCOLES certifiable
- Applicants must possess an Associate’s Degree, or completion of an Associate’s Degree upon graduation from a recognized police academy
- Applicants must possess a valid Driver’s License, with an acceptable driving record
Selection And Hiring Process Includes:
- Employment Application
- Applications are accepted during open posting periods
- Completed applications must be received by the posted deadline
- View Canton's current job postings
- Selection Questionnaire
- Applicants will be sent a selection questionnaire to assist in the screening process. The questionnaire will be screened similar to a first-round interview
- EMPCO LETS Testing
- Candidates must have successfully completed EMPCO LETS testing within the past 12 months as of the time Selection Questionnaires are screened
- View information on EMPCO LETS testing
- Oral Board
- Candidates that successfully complete the application, questionnaire and testing will be invited to an interview
- Eligibility List
- Candidates that successfully complete the Oral Board will be placed on an eligibility list
- The eligibility list is valid for 12 months, or until it is exhausted
- The eligibility list will be used to fill all vacancies that arise within the 12 month period
- Contingent Job Offer
- Comprehensive Background Check
- Psychological Evaluation
- MCOLES Pre-employment Physical and Drug Screen
- Human Resources New Hire Orientation
- Department New Hire Orientation and Training
- Field Training Officer Program / Probationary Period
Law Enforcement Links:
- EMPCO Law Enforcement Testing System
- Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) - General information on how to become a law enforcement officer
- Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) - Licensing Standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers (Effective January 2, 2017 ~ 2016 PA 289)