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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Police Transfer Program


The Portage Department of Public Safety (PDPS) Lateral Transfer Program affords certified Police Officers the opportunity to join the Portage Department of Public Safety – Police Division.  Officers who have excelled in their law enforcement careers and are up to the task of meeting the high standards of the PDPS can apply now!  

Candidates with prior full-time police experience will be hired in at an advance pay step based on prior years of service up to Step D of the current Portage Police Officer’s Association collective bargaining agreement.  Step D is currently $30.39 per hour/$63,212.79 annually.   After completion of the one-year probationary period, officers advance to Step E $32.64 per hour/$67,915.74 annually and Step F $34.89 per hour/$72,588.21 annually after two years.

The Portage Department of Public Safety will offer lateral transfers to MCOLES-certified officers who are:

  • currently employed full-time as a police officer within the State of Michigan;
  • a separated officer within the last year from full-time service from a police department within the State of Michigan (subject to successful re-licensure by MCOLES); or
  • an out-of-state officer currently employed full-time as a police officer and who qualifies to reciprocal licensure as defined by MCOLES.

PDPS Police - LTPLateral candidates must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, possess an associate’s degree, and have no felony convictions, including expunged convictions.  Successful candidates must obtain a valid Michigan driver license upon hire.  Successful candidates must also complete all required tests and evaluations.

Are you ready to make the move to Portage?

The City of Portage, Michigan is rich with opportunities – a family-oriented city of about 50,000 people with a high quality of life, a strong economy, and outstanding educational choices for lifelong learning.  Portage Public Schools offers a high-quality education to Portage students. Portage has bountiful natural resources, including seven lakes, state game areas, significant open spaces, and wetlands. The community provides 18 parks, including four dedicated to nature preservation, and more than 57 miles of bikeways and multi-use trails, making the City of Portage A Natural Place to Move. Portage combines the convenience of an urban lifestyle with that of a close-knit, friendly community.  Approximately mid-way between Chicago and Detroit along Interstate 94, Portage is within 300 miles of Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee and 50 miles from Grand Rapids and South Bend.

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