MPD Recruiting - Lateral Transfer

Throughout the year, the Mishawaka Police Department will accept applications from those who are currently eligible to be a certified Police Officer in the State of Indiana. A summary of the Lateral Transfer Program is outlined below.


Lateral Transfer Program

  • Individuals who have completed the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (Tier 1) and have law enforcement experience with another agency will be defined as a Lateral Transfer.
  • Lateral transfers with at least 3 years of experience with another agency will be promoted to First Class Patrol Officer upon the completion of an approved FTO program. As a result, the lateral transfer hire will then receive the current pay and vacation time allotted to the rank of First Class Patrol Officer.
  • Lateral transfers with less than 3 years of experience will be promoted to First Class Patrol Officer on or before the third anniversary of date of hire as a certified law enforcement officer.
  • Lateral transfers are eligible to maintain their current years of ILEA certified service with regards to vacation benefits outlined in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Vacation selection will still be based on department seniority.
  • Lateral transfers will receive Uniform Clothing Allowance and Equipment Allowance. 

Questions and requests for further information can be directed to Lt. Jen Wilson via email at


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200 N. Church Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544

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


Chief of Police

Kenneth Witkowski, Jr.


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