MPD Recruiting - Opportunities and Benefits

Three police officers with bicycles for patrolling parksCareer 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).


Career Opportunities

  • Uniform Division / Road Patrol
  • Investigative Bureau
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Community Relations Unit
  • School Resource Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • K-9 Unit
  • S.W.A.T
  • Traffic Division
  • ILEA Instructor
  • Honor Guard 
  • Special Victims Unit (SVU)
  • Cyber Crimes Unit
  • Hostage Negotiator
  • Critical Incident Team
  • Hiring / Recruiting
  • Drug Recognition Enforcement
  • Training Division
  • ERT
  • Background Investigation

2022 Salary and Benefits Information

  • Recruit (post-hire & during academy) –  $45,926
  • Probationary Officer (after swearing in) –  $52,345
  • 2nd Class Patrol Officer (after first year) –  $57,623
  • 1st Class Patrol Officer (after third year) –  $64,547
  • Incentives for 2nd and 3rd shifts
  • All uniforms and equipment furnished first year
  • $2,050 per year clothing allowance after first year
  • $1,250 per year equipment allowance after first year
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Free medical clinic for employee and dependents
  • Flexible Spending Account availability for healthcare and dependent care 
  • Paid vacations
  • Paid overtime
  • Compensatory time accrual
  • Membership in Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS)
  • Take-home car program after first year of employment
  • Retirement at 52 years of age with 20 years of service
  • Deferred compensation match


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 or double time the actual overtime worked by the officer.

Clothing / Equipment 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 allowances for the maintenance and replacement of uniform and equipment. The clothing allowance is paid in two equal installments per year. The equipment allowance is paid once annually.

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. 


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


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100 Lincolnway West
Mishawaka, IN 46544

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


Chief of Police