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Work for the Mishawaka Police Department

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as a Mishawaka Police Officer

Thanks for your interest in joining the Mishawaka Police Department. The MPD is excited to announce that it has gone to 12-hour shifts on January 1, 2024, and now its first-class patrolmen are making $89,000 annually. As a result of this strategic change, the MPD has become one of the highest paid police departments in the state of Indiana.  Public Safety in Mishawaka is priority number 1! Mishawaka is a growing commercial city in Northern Indiana, located east of South Bend. Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau rank Mishawaka as the 18th largest city in Indiana. Unlike many communities, Mishawaka has consistently grown in population, capital investment and assessed value for several year. To apply or for more information please contact our MPD recruiter.

Opportunities and Benefits

Career advancement possibilities are Opportunities and Benefits abundant within the Mishawaka Police Department. Uniform road patrol, street crimes, neighborhood enforcement, K-9 and S.W.A.T. could all use passionate individuals on their teams. Civilian positions are available as well including dispatch, records, crossing guard, grant specialist, chaplain and more.

Our Hiring Process

Members of the Mishawaka Police Department are expected to represent the City of Mishawaka as positive role models within the community. We seek individuals with good moral character, integrity and professionalism.

Mishawaka Police Department 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).

MPD Lateral Transfer Program

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

  • Individuals who have completed the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (Tier 1) and have law enforcement experience with another agency.
  • Lateral transfers with at least three years of experience with another agency will be promoted to First Class Patrol Officer upon the completion of an approved FTO program. 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 three years of experience will be promoted to First Class Patrol Officer on or before the third anniversary of the date of hire as a certified law enforcement officer.
  • Lateral transfers are eligible to maintain their current years of ILEA-certified service concerning vacation benefits outlined in the current collective bargaining agreement. Vacation selection will still be based on department seniority.
  • Lateral transfers will receive a uniform clothing allowance and equipment allowance. 

Contact the Mishawaka Police Department for any additional questions or concerns regarding our hiring opportunities by using the contact information below. 

City of Mishiwaka Indiana, The Princess City Established 1833


100 Lincolnway West
Mishawaka, IN 46544

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

Recruiter Email:

Chief of Police: Ken Witkowski, Jr.

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm