Public Safety Application Period Opens October 4

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will be hiring additional Public Safety Officers beginning in May 2018. Applications may be submitted between October 4 through October 17, 2017 online ONLY here.

To be considered, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and be 21 years old at time of appointment (May 1, 2018). Applicants will also be required to pass a written and physical test, and an extensive background investigation. Applicants are not required to be MCOLES (Police) certified to apply.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are cross trained as police officers, firefighters, and medical first responders. They respond to calls for police, fire, and medical emergencies, along with other duties.

Advancement/additional opportunities include Detective, Canine Handler, Community Policing Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Crime Lab Technician, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Honor Guard, and Command Officer.

Applicants do not need to have prior police or fire certifications to be considered; KDPS will sponsor them through the police academy and provide fire training if needed. A training wage may apply to those who need to attend the Police Academy. Additional benefits include a Spanish language hiring bonus, veteran on-the-job training education benefits and the federal direct student loan forgiveness program.

For those interested, candidates are encouraged to fill out a “Job Interest Card” available at which will send notification when the application process begins.
Information about KDPS is available at and questions can be submitted through the “Contact” link at the top of the Home Page.

Delivery of Recycling Carts to begin Monday, September 18

Delivery of new 95-gallon recycling carts to City of Kalamazoo residents will begin on Monday, September 18. The new carts are part of the City’s conversion to a single stream recycling program, which will take effect on October 2.

Carts will be delivered to all residences that opted into the single stream recycling program. Notice of the change and opt-in information was mailed to each residence in August. Residents who wish to participate but have not yet opted into the program can request a cart by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the City of Kalamazoo’s Public Services Department at (269) 337-8215.

Residents are advised that although they may receive their new cart as early as September 18, the carts will not be serviced until the single stream program begins in October. Until then, the smaller 18-gallon bins should continue to be used for pickup.

Each cart will be delivered with information about the recycling program, including which items can and cannot be recycled and the new collection schedule.

Following the change to single stream, collection will change from weekly to bi-weekly. Households designated in area A on the collection schedule will have their first pick-up the week of October 2 and every other week thereafter. Households designated in area B on the schedule will have their first pick-up the week of October 9 and every other week thereafter. The recycling schedule and other program information is also available in the   pdf View from the Curb (6.05 MB) .

Residents are encouraged to download the free Recycle Coach app to get customized schedules and program information as well as information about which items are recyclable. Information is available at

pdf Single Stream Recycling Program Brochure (1.52 MB)

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