Applicants in the lateral hire process will submit a cover letter, resume and completed application to the Director of Human Resources. Positions filled through the lateral hire process are exempt from competitive examination.

Requirements for Applicants

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must have a valid Ohio driver’s license
  • Must have a high school diploma or higher education level
  • Must not have reached their 35th birthday
  • An applicant must currently or have previously been employed as a peace officer
  • An applicant must be Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certified

Additional Applicant Information

  • For applicants previously employed as a peace officer, there shall be no more than a one-year break in service from previous employment as a peace officer.
  • Lateral hire applicants may be required to submit to the following, including but not limited to:
    • A thorough background investigation
    • Polygraph examination
    • Psychological and medical evaluation
    • Drug screening
    • Physical Agility Evaluation
    • Oral interview by an assessment board
  • Applicants appointed as a police officer through the lateral hire process must successfully complete a truncated field training program and will have a 12-month probationary period with the department.
    • Patrol Officer Grade Classification for lateral hired police officers will be credited based on prior service in the position of police officer. Lateral transfer officers shall receive one-year credit for prior service for each one year (up to five years) of prior service for purposes of pay and benefits.
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