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Career Opportunities

A career with the Novi Police Department is one with the future, job satisfaction and a sense of personal pride.  The Novi Police Department is an exceptional law enforcement agency with an outstanding reputation of service achieved through professionalism, excellence, and courtesy.  The people who work for the department reflect the highest standard of law enforcement, which has been built on a tradition of pride and integrity.

Philosophy of the Novi Police Department

The men and women of the Novi Police are committed to the concept of Community Policing.  A police department is only as good as the community it serves.  The support and involvement of the citizens of Novi with the police department has led to the high standard of living the community enjoys.  The partnership is drawn from the premise that the Novi Police Department's product is one of service to all citizens with a special focus toward solving the problems within the community.  As a member of the Novi Police Department, you will have the opportunity to become a catalyst for positive intervention of crime by working with the community to provide a safe and secure environment and preserve the peace.

Career Opportunities and Advancement

The City of Novi is a diverse and dynamic community with beautiful residential living and numerous shopping districts.  Along with the growth of the community, the Novi Police Department is expanding to meet the citizens' needs.  Career opportunities with the Novi Police Department will increase as the city moves through the 21st Century.  A wide variety of career paths and opportunities are available to a Novi Police Officer.

Uniform Division

  • Road Patrol
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Canine Handler
  • Field Training Officer
  • Evidence Technician
  • Complaint Investigation
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Police Mountain Bike Patrol
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Fugitive Apprehension

Detective Division

  • General Investigator
  • Computer and Mobile Device Forensic Investigator
  • Narcotics Investigator
  • Juvenile Investigator
  • Surveillance
  • School Liaison Officer 

During your career, you may have the opportunity to test for Sergeant, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, and Police Chief.

Before a patrol officer recruit can work as a police officer, the candidate must complete an intense training program with one of the police academies throughout the state of Michigan. After completing the police academy and being hired as a police officer, a patrol officer completes several months of training within the police department. During this in house training program, an officer is assigned to work with a Field Training Officer (FTO). The FTO trains the new officer in the daily operations and policies of the police department. A patrol officer is considered "on probation" for a year after the completion of the Field Training Program. During this year, the new officer receives other necessary training and is periodically evaluated by patrol supervisors. All training a candidate receives is administered within the regulations set by the Michigan Commission On Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).

Do you Qualify?

We are looking for qualified persons interested in joining the ranks of an elite group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to a rewarding career of service.  If you are ready to meet the challenge of being a Novi Police Officer, you must meet the minimum qualifications:

  • Education - Baccalaureate Degree
  • Residency - U.S. Citizen
  • Conduct - Reputation must be above reproach, No criminal convictions, and an exemplary work and driving record
  • Physical Must be in good physical condition and be capable of performing the duties of a police officer.
  • Exams - Must pass written examinations and interviews
  • Character - Applicants must be of the highest standard of character and pass a comprehensive background investigation

Benefits as a Novi Police Department Employee

  • Job security
  • Excellent pay
  • Life, health and dental insurance
  • Retirement opportunities after 25 years
  • Paid sick leave, holidays and vacations
  • Partial reimbursement for college tuition
  • Continuing in service training
  • Disability benefits

Career opportunities exist for non sworn civilian personnel in police administration, records and communications.

Dispatch/Records Specialist

To become a Novi Police dispatcher or records specialist, a candidate must have a High School Diploma. All candidates are then put through an intense background investigation and a series of several interviews, including an interview called an oral board, where the candidate is interviewed and questioned by a panel of employees from the Police department. The candidate is then interviewed and evaluated by a psychologist and given a complete physical exam. Only candidates of the highest moral, psychological, and physical health are considered for employment.

Visit the Human Resources section of our website to view other job opportunities.

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