The Monroe Police Department has 175 years of history and proud service to the citizens of Monroe. Created in 1837, the Monroe Police Department constantly strives to maintain the highest possible level of service. With modern technology and innovative training, the Monroe Police Department continues as a leader in law enforcement.

From its beginnings in 1837, the Monroe Police Department has grown to a staff of 40 sworn officers with 10 civilian support personnel. Civilians are utilized to maintain records, parking enforcement, computers and management of the patrol vehicles. This allows sworn officers more time for law enforcement and community related activities.

In 2010 the Monroe Police Department began the transition to a Public Safety Department sending twelve officers to the fire academy. The first ever Public Safety Officers officially began duty on August 24, 2011. In April 2012 another 13 officers successfully completed the fire academy. At this time, the department has 36 officers who are now classified as Public Safety Officers.

The heart of the department is the uniform road patrol. These officers work twelve hour shifts, providing 24 hour police coverage. Supplementing the road patrol are several specialized areas which officers can apply for. These areas include:

  • Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force
  • School Resource Officer
  • Detective Bureau
  • Court Officer
  • Juvenile Officer
  • K-9 Unit
  • Motorcycle Units

Even if not assigned to a specialized area, road patrol officers average over 100 hours of training annually. We have road officers qualified as Evidence Technicians, Accident Specialists, Firearms Instructors, PPCT Instructors and Bicycle Officers to name a few.

The department is housed in a facility shared with the Monroe County Sheriff Department. The facility includes a weight room, indoor shooting range, and training room. It is located in the heart of downtown Monroe, adjacent to City Hall and the Courthouse.

Equipment available to the officers is state of art. Patrol cars are computer equipped, giving officer’s LEIN access and the ability to communicate with any police agency in Monroe County. Reports are computer generated and the police station has Internet Capability. Photographic evidence is caught on digital cameras and traffic units use both radar and laser. These are just a few of the technological advancements in use by the Department.

The City of Monroe itself offers many amenities. Situated on Lake Erie in Southeast Michigan, Monroe is within easy access to the Detroit and Toledo, Ohio metropolitan areas, yet far enough away to maintain the “small town” atmosphere. The City is 10.5 square miles and home to 23,000 residents.

Officers are represented by the Monroe Patrolman’s Association and enjoy a very competitive benefits package. Starting base-salary for police officers is $40,617 with step raises every six months for the first four years. Upon completion of the fire Academy and on becoming a Public Safety Officer (PSO) officers receive a $3,000 bonus for the first year and $5,100 per year thereafter. A public safety officer of four years has a base wage of $60,251.

Other benefits include:

  • Paid uniforms & uniform cleaning
  • Paid vacation up to 22 days a year based on length of service.
  • Emergency days & 5 personal leave days
  • Thirteen paid Holidays
  • Shift Premium
  • Hospitalization & Dental
  • Life insurance
  • Pension

All applicants must be 21 years of age and a citizen of the United States. Must have a diploma from an accredited high school or its equivalency. Applicants must be MCOLES certified or certifiable. The candidate must possess normal visual acuity. Distance vision must be 20/40 or better uncorrected for each eye. 20/20 each eye separate with correction. Visual field must be normal. Must be able to pass color vision.

Prior to being hired, applicants will undergo a complete medical and psychiatric examination. A complete background investigation will be completed including education, employment background, personal traits and driving record. Applicants will also be tested for illegal drug use as permitted by law. An applicant’s reputation and work record should be above reproach.

The City of Monroe is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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To submit an application or for more information, please contact our Human Resources Office.

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