Detroit PD Job Overview:
Hiring Process & Salary Details

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Why Serve at Detroit PD?

The top 4 Reasons to Become a DPD Cop

7% Pay Hike

The Detroit Police Officers Association approved a new contract through 2022. All Detroit police officers will receive a 7% Pay hike over the next 3 years.


Detroit PD is an equal opportunity employer with one of the most diverse law enforcement agency in the entire state of Michigan.

Low cost of living

Compared to other regions, the midwest is one of the cheapest places to live allowing your earned income to stretch further.

Career Advancement

Detroit police department has over 50 units ranging from homicide, Bomb, Undercover, recruiting, traffic, patrol & more.

Join Detroit PD

Become a Detroit PD cop

Basic Qualifications

The following are the requirements to become a police officer with the Detroit Police Department:

  • Must be a Citizen of the United States
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License
  • Must successfully complete all phases of the hiring process to be considered for employment.
  • Must be at least 18 years old

The Following Will Result in Disqualification


DPD Hiring Process

  • *salary does not reflect overtime, double-time pay, career promotion, longevity, shift premium, educational, l incentives,  etc.

Starting Pay

$ 1 *

5 + experience

pay increase
1 %*

15 + experience

pay increase
1 %*
  • *salary and data information was collected from The Detroit News – the official newspaper for Detroit and  surronding areas.

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Overview of Detroit Police Selection Process

The entry-level salary is not tops in the state for sure, but the training and experience that you’ll get at DPD is greater than any other police agency in the state.

With decent pay, great benefits, and a fair pension plan DPD ranks up there when you compare it to other large departments across the country.

Read below for information on the hiring process, training, and requirements needed to be a cop for DPD.

Requirements One Needs To Become a Police Officer For DPD

  •   You must be at least 18 years of age
  •   You must be a U.S. citizen
  •   Vision must be 20/20 or corrected 20/20 in each eye. Depth perception and color vision must be normal.
  •   You must have a valid Michigan driver’s license and an acceptable driving record
  •   You must have a high school diploma or a valid GED
  •   No felony conviction, (even if expunged)

Complete Detroit Police Department Interest Card

Steps Of  Detroit PD Recruitment Process

  • Receive Information Package  Overview of the MCOLES Exams List of documents required for application process
  • Take MCOLES Written Exam: Register Online Fee $62. (Results must be personally submitted before you are able to proceed in the Recruiting process) Will receive notification via telephone or U.S. mail for prescreening interview date
  • Participate in prescreening interview
  • Await Criminal History and Driving Record checks
  • Receive notice of acceptance into Application Orientation or the reason for disqualification
  • Attend Application Orientation (2 Hrs)
  • Receive Application Package
  • Assigned Background Interview Date

Receive information pertaining to the MCOLES (Physical Agility Test) the $45 fee is waived (one time only).

  • Appear for background interview
  • Assigned a day to go the DPD Headquarters for fingerprinting (Sat/Sun) If your background investigation is cleared, you will you proceed to the Final Oral Board assessment.
  • Oral Board Assessment ( If Successful, you will receive a Conditional offer of employment and proceed to the Psychological Phrase)
  • Enter Psychological Phase
  • Written and oral psychological Interview with psychologist.
  • Receive notification via telephone or U.S. mail of pre-employment physical exam date or disqualification.
  • Take pre-employment physical exam (if cleared you will proceed)
  • Receive acceptance letter with date of final orientation


Average Salary, Earnings, Payscale

Police Officer

$40,732 – $60,892 ($19.58 – $30.75 Hourly)

Additional Pay:

■ Longevity pay
■ Shift differential (afternoon/midnights shifts)
■ Off duty court appearances
■ $250.00 annual uniform cleaning allowance

Benefits: Medical Insurance

■ Medical, dental, and optical plans
■ College tuition reimbursement
■ Eight (8) paid holidays per year
■ Twenty (20) vacation days per year
■ Departmental issued uniforms and equipment
■ Deferred Compensation Plan (an optional pre-tax
retirement savings plan)

Becoming a Detroit Police Officer Won't Happen Over Night

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