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Selection Process

Qualifications

TO APPLY, CANDIDATE MUST:

  • BE AT LEAST 20 YEARS OLD (NO MAXIMUM AGE)
  • HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA (OR GED)
  • HAVE A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE
  • RESIDE IN HAMILTON COUNTY (OH) OR AN ADJACENT COUNTY (OUT OF STATE IS PERMITTED) WHEN THE ACADEMY STARTS

DISQUALIFICATIONS

  • Any felony conviction of violence, drug possession, and/or drug trafficking.
  • Prohibited from acquiring, carrying, and/or using a firearm.
  • ANY CONVICTION OF AN OFFENSE CLASSIFIED BY THE OHIO REVISED CODE AS A MISDEMEANOR OF THE FIRST DEGREE MAY BE SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION.
  • Tattoos, branding, and/or intentional scarring located on the hands, face, and/or neck.
  • Dishonesty and/or omissions of personal history during the background process.

Selection Process

THERE ARE SEVEN STEPS TO THE SELECTION PROCESS

STEP 1

COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION

After the job posting closes for the hiring cycle, candidates will receive an email to self-schedule a date to take the written exam.

APPLY HERE

STEP 2

PASS THE MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST.

STEP 3

PERSONAL HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE.

Complete and submit a personal history questionnaire as the first step of the background investigation. The PHQ requires compilation of extensive biographical information, references, and fingerprinting.

STEP 4

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND POLYGRAPH.

A background investigator will check employment, police, financial, and military records. The investigator will also interview family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends. A polygraph examination will be conducted to confirm the truthfulness of the candidate’s personal history questionnaire.

STEP 5

HOME INTERVIEW.

STEP 6

CONDITIONAL JOB OFFER.

After receiving a conditional offer of employment, the candidate must pass the fitness assessment at the 15th percentile.

STEP 7

MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION.

After passing the fitness assessment, candidates will receive a medical and psychological evaluation. These evaluations will ensure that the candidate has no physical or mental conditions that would restrict their ability to safely perform the functions of being a police officer.