Become A Michigan City Police Officer

How to Apply to Become A Michigan City Police Officer

To apply to become a Michigan City Police Officer, potential candidates must complete the Michigan City Police Civil Service Commission Application for Employment and deliver/mail it in a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Michigan City Police Department. 

Before returning, please re-check  your application. The information must be truthful, neat and completed in full.  We will not return incomplete applications and failure to follow instructions may disqualify you.

PLEASE NOTE: Page 9 requires notarization.

Make sure the following items are included with your application:

  1. Authenticated copy of a birth certificate.
  2. Copy of a high school diploma or certified copy of a G.E.D. certificate.  (On-line high school diploma will not be accepted.)
  3. Copy of your valid state driver’s license.
  4. Copy of your social security card.
  5. Certified copy of a transcript issued by an accredited high school or a certified achievement test certificate from an accredited high school or State Board of Education. (Online high school transcripts will not be accepted.)
  6. Copy of your DD 214 (If applicable).

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (219) 874-3221 x1056 or the Chief’s Administrative Assistant at (219) 874-3221 x1040.

Michigan City Police Department Hiring Process

Unlike most jobs, becoming a law enforcement officer involves far more than completing an application and interview. The Michigan City Police Department runs applicants through a comprehensive series of tests and exams, each designed to narrow the field of applicants to advance only those who are most qualified.

Basic Application/ Pre Screening Questionnaire and Initial Interview

The initial application and prescreening questionnaire convey an applicant’s interest and eligibility. Based on a review of this material, and a brief initial interview, candidates are invited to take the written exam.

Written Exam /Initial Interview

The written exam is a standardized test used to assess general aptitude and does not require or assume any knowledge specific to law enforcement. Written exams tests an applicant’s:

  • reading comprehension
  • problem-solving / judgment skills
  • memory
  • writing skills

Physical Fitness / Agility Testing

Law enforcement has physical demands, and the Michigan City Police Commission is empowered to ensure their recruits are fit to serve.

Applicants can expect to take the Indiana Law Enforcement entrance standard physical agility test during this hiring process. Our agency then adds a job simulation test.

A fitness test measures a candidate’s overall level of fitness through structured activities that assess strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health. Job simulation tests are designed to be job samples, measuring your ability to perform certain job-specific tasks such as running stairs, dragging a weight, carrying equipment, loading a magazine, or climbing a wall.

Second Interview

The next phase of the process is the second interview. During this interview you will face all three Police Commissioners in which they will quiz you on your present employment, family, goals, and future objectives.

Drug Testing

Drug tests may be routinely administered or requested during this process to check for the presence of illegal substances.

Oral Board

The oral board is a chance for supervisory members of the Michigan City Police to meet and talk with you face to face.

Oral interviews serve as a chance to discuss your qualifications and gauge your fit with our agency. During the oral interview, you may be evaluated on:

  • General appearance and demeanor
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding of and interest in policing as a career
  • Response to questions and scenarios

Background Investigation

The next phase of the hiring process is the Background Investigation. A thorough background check will be conducted by a Michigan City Police Investigator to ensure that you do not have any personal or professional issues that would preclude you from police service. Background investigators will review your employment history, character references, academic records, residency history, criminal history, and credit history.

A background investigation typically includes a fingerprint check and interviews with those who know you, including previous employers, school or military personnel, neighbors, and family members.


The Michigan City Police Department conduct an independent polygraph test, commonly known as lie detector, to verify information submitted throughout the application process.

Medical Exam

Applicants who have been given a conditional offer of employment will be subject to a complete medical exam. This physical exam will evaluate if you are medically fit to meet the physical requirements of the job. Specifically, you should be able to perform the “essential job functions” set by the Michigan City Police Commission. For example, to drive a vehicle, your vision will be assessed and you should have a low risk of sudden incapacitation, such as seizure or heart attack.

A typical medical exam may include the following elements:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Chest X-ray
  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • Blood pressure
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Screening tests for illegal drugs

The Michigan City Police Department, through Indiana PERF (Public Employee Retirement Fund), have vision and hearing criteria, as well as criteria based on specific diseases or conditions.

Psychological Testing

Just as agencies want to ensure you are physically fit for the job, they also want to ensure that you are psychologically stable and mentally fit to handle the position. This evaluation is typically made through written psychological exams and may be supplemented with an interview by a psychologist. Psychological testing serves two functions: to evaluate your character and emotional make-up and to ensure you are well suited to the job from a psychological standpoint.