MPD Recruiting - Opportunities and Benefits

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 Public Employee's Retirement Fund (PERF).


Career Opportunities

  • Uniform Division / Road Patrol
  • Investigative Bureau
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Public Relations Unit
  • School Resource Officer
  • D.A.R.E.
  • Field Training Officer
  • Special Victims Unit (SVU)
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • Detective Bureau
  • K-9 Unit
  • Metro Homicide Unit
  • Metro Special Ops - Narcotics
  • S.W.A.T

2017 Salary and Benefits Information

  • Recruit (while in the academy) –  $42,599
  • Probationary Officer (after swearing in) –  $48,754
  • 2nd Class Patrol Officer (after first year) –  $53,670
  • 1st Class Patrol Officer (after third year) –  $55,670
  • All uniforms and equipment furnished first year
  • $2,050 per year clothing and equipment allowance after first year
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid vacations
  • Paid overtime
  • Compensatory time accrual
  • Membership in Public Employee's Retirement Fund (PERF)
  • Take-home car program after first year of employment
  • Retirement at 52 years of age with 20 years of service


Vacations: Employees shall be entitled to paid vacation as follows:

  • One (1) year but less than five (5) years - 2 weeks paid vacation
  • Five (5) years but less than ten (10) years - 3 weeks paid vacation
  • Ten (10) years but less than fifteen (15) years - 4 weeks paid vacation
  • Fifteen (15) years but less than twenty (20) years - 5 weeks paid vacation
  • Twenty (20) years and more - 6 weeks paid vacation

Sick Leave: 60 paid sick days per year.

Overtime: Overtime earned will be reimbursed to the police officer either in money or compensatory time off from duty at the rate of one and one-half (1 1/2) times the actual overtime earned by the officer.

Clothing Allowance: When a new officer is hired, the City will furnish the officer with a complete clothing issue and all equipment necessary to perform the job. After the completion of one year's service, the officer shall be entitled to a clothing allowance for the maintenance and replacement of uniform and equipment. This allowance is paid in two equal installments per year.

Insurance: A number of different insurance plans covering hospitalization, dental and visual are available through the City of Mishawaka.

Pension: Any full-time police officer hired after May 1, 1977, must participate in the Public Employee's Retirement Fund created in 1977 and administered by the State of Indiana. Each employee must contribute 6% of a first-class patrolman's salary. If the officer terminates prior to twenty (20) years of service, except for death or disability, contributions plus interest will be refunded.


Mishawaka Police Department
Phone (574) 258-1678
Fax (574) 258-1690
200 N. Church Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544


Chief of Police

Kenneth Witkowski, Jr.