MPD Recruiting


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Thanks for your interest in joining the Mishawaka Police Department. This page gives a brief overview of the Department and information regarding the hiring process. You can also find some of the opportunities and benefits available to you should an offer of employment be extended.

About Mishawaka

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Mishawaka is a growing commercial city in northern Indiana, located east of South Bend, Indiana. Also known as the Princess City, Mishawaka lies nestled along the meandering path of the St. Joseph River. Population growth, business expansion and record-breaking new construction tell us that people want to live, work, raise their families and retire in here. Mishawaka is home to Bethel College, AM General's Hummer Plant, a beautiful system of parks and myriad cultural opportunities.

Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau place the 2018 population of Mishawaka at 49,931 ranking Mishawaka as the 18th largest city in the state of Indiana. Unlike many communities, Mishawaka has consistently grown in population, capital investment and assessed value for several years.

Opportunities and Benefits

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Career advancement possibilities are abundant within the Mishawaka Police Department. Uniform Road Patrol, Street Crimes, Neighborhood Enforcement, K-9, S.W.A.T., and Metro Homicide are just a few of the areas of opportunity. Civilian positions are available as well including Dispatch, Records, Crossing Guard, Grant Specialist, Chaplain and more. Mishawaka Police Department also offers a comprehensive salary and benefits package including competitive pay, clothing/equipment allowance, paid vacation and overtime, compensatory time accrual, health-dental-vision insurance and membership in the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS).

Additional benefits information and a comprehensive list of both the sworn officer and civilian opportunities can be found on the Opportunities and Benefits page.

Hiring Process

Members of the Mishawaka Police Department are expected to represent the City Of Mishawaka as positive role models within the community. As such, the Mishawaka Police Department seeks individuals with good moral character, integrity and professionalism. This expectation begins when you submit your application for consideration to become a Mishawaka Police Officer. The hiring process is designed to ensure that those ideals, as well as necessary physical fitness requirements, are met. In some cases minimum levels must be achieved in order to advance to the next phase of the hiring process. Find out more on the Hiring Process page.


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Mishawaka Police Department patch with US flag, Indiana flag, and city seal


Lobby Hours

100 Lincolnway West
Mishawaka, IN 46544

Phone (574) 258-1678
Fax (574) 258-1690


Chief of Police