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Job Alert – Cincinnati Police Officer recruiting is now open. Apply today and launch an amazing career in law enforcement with tremendous opportunity for growth and development!
Text CincyPD to 797979 for more information and updates!
The Cincinnati Police Department is an award-winning, nationally-recognized law enforcement agency that uses evidence-based policing, intelligence-driven strategies, community involvement and technology to make Cincinnati one of the safest cities in Ohio. To continue this trend, the Department is especially seeking candidates with technology/data management expertise, social media experience, ability to speak multiple languages, military experience and college credits/college degrees.
Interested persons must be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment (upon completion of the 28-week training academy), have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) and be eligible to work in the United States with a valid driver’s license. Persons ages 19 and older who are interested in becoming a police officer are encouraged to apply to take the next recruit exam before January 31, 2020.
Why persons interested in a career in law enforcement should consider the Cincinnati Police Department
In an urban city with more than 300,000 residents and a police force of more than 1000 sworn officers, the Cincinnati Police Department offers recruits job opportunities that provide a full range of police services to 52 diverse neighborhoods in five crime-fighting divisions, including Patrol, Investigations, Administration, Specialized Forces and Auxiliary Units.
|Beat Patrol||Homicide||Crime Analysis||Marine Patrol|
|District Investigator||Financial Crimes||K-9||SWAT|
|Neighborhood Liaison Officer||Personal Crimes||Gang Squad||Dive Team|
|Bike Officer||Crime Scene||Traffic||Faith-Based Liaison|
|Violent Crime Squad||Computer Crimes||Motorcycles||Homeless Liaison|
|Segway||Video & Picture Analysis||Youth Services||Hispanic Liaison|
Ways the Cincinnati Police Department is Making a Difference
- Solving Problems with Community Involvement
- Improving the Quality of Life for All We Serve through Core Crime Fight Strategies
- Community Problem-Oriented Policing & Evidenced-Based Policing
Ways the Cincinnati Police Department is Fighting Crime
- Using Technology to Guide Enforcement/Implementation of Body Cameras
- Intelligence-Driven Strategies to Fight Crime
- Social Media/Cyber Crimes Strategies
- Community Education and Target Hardening
Frequently Asked Questions About the Cincinnati Police Recruiting Process
1) What are the minimum qualifications and education requirements to become a Cincinnati Police Officer?
A. At least 21 years old at the time of appointment (upon completion of the 28-week training academy).
B. A high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
C. Eligible to work in the United States
D. A valid driver’s license for a year before applying for the exam
E. No felony convictions
Persons ages 19 and older who are interested in becoming a police officer and meet the minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply to take the next police recruit exam before January 31, 2019.
2) Is there a maximum age limit to become a Cincinnati Police Officer?
There is no maximum age limit, but you must be 21 years old by the time you are appointed as a Police Officer.
3) How long is the Cincinnati Police Academy?
The Cincinnati Police Academy offers 28 weeks of extensive law enforcement and job training compensated at $17.22 hourly plus health, dental and vision insurance and the accrual of vacation and sick time.
4) What is the salary of a Cincinnati Police Officer?
After five years, Cincinnati Police Officers earn $61,501 to $73,558 (not including overtime). After one year of service, officers can volunteer to work paid details to earn extra income, and some of the detail income counts toward your retirement.
Cincinnati Police Officers also received these benefits:
A. Permanent shift
B. Health, dental and vision insurance
C. Sick, holiday, vacation and longevity pay
D. Credit union, pension plans, deferred compensation and retirement plans
E. Opportunity to participate in neighborhood service projects designed to sustain community relations
5) Do I have to live in Ohio to take the police recruit exam?
The Cincinnati Police Department does not require applicants to reside in Ohio to take the recruit exam; however, applicants must live in Hamilton County (Ohio) or one of the adjoining counties in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana before starting the Cincinnati Police Training Academy.
6) What are the most common disqualifiers in the Cincinnati Police Officer Selection Process?
A partial list of the disqualifiers in the Cincinnati Police Officer Selection Process is as follows:
A. Not completing the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)
B. Not listing ALL information requested
C. Not being truthful about information that may not have disqualified the applicant if they would have listed the information truthfully
D. Being deceptive and having a significant discrepancy between Polygraph and PHQ.
7) What steps are involved in the Cincinnati Police Officer Selection Process?
Those who pass the exam will then be invited to complete an extensive recruiting process:
Testing Processes 4 months
Physical Agility Test (P.A.T.) 1 month
Qualified applicants who complete the written exam will be required to pass a Physical Agility Test (P.A.T.). The test is a timed obstacle course style test that includes push-ups, sit-ups, box jumps, and other aerobic exercises. You must pass the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy standards, which are determined by age and gender. The run is a 1.5-mile distance run for time.
Here are several training videos to help prepare applicants for the physical fitness test.
- 4 Minute Energy Booster
- 4 Minute Chest Workout
- 4 Minute Full Body Warm-Up
- 7 Minute Plank Challenge
- Physical Agility Test (P.A.T.) Training Video
Background Investigation Process 4 months
Personal History Questionnaire
Two-Part Behavioral Assessment
Post Offer 3 months
Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA Test Standards)
8) Can I get veteran preference points?
A qualified veteran who passes the entrance exam, upon presentation of an official document stating an honorable discharge, shall receive an additional credit of five points;
A qualified disabled veteran, upon presentation of a certificate of honorable discharge and an official statement dated within the last six months from the Veteran’s Administration or the Service agency attesting to the existence of a ten percent (10%) or greater service-connected disability shall receive an additional credit of ten points.
To qualify, you must present your DD214 with an Honorable Discharge and live in the State of Ohio at the time you apply to take the exam. (Other than Honorable or less of a discharge does not apply).
9) What are the benefits of previous Ohio Public Employment when applying to become a Cincinnati Police Officer?
Employees who have been previously employed by either the City of Cincinnati or another Ohio public employer may transfer any unused sick leave credit to their City sick leave balance.
10) Can the Ohio Police and Fire Purchase Credit apply if I become a Cincinnati Police Officer?
Subject to certain restrictions, Ohio Police and Fire may purchase credits for full-time service rendered under any of the Ohio retirement systems – Cincinnati, Ohio Public Employees, School Employees, State Highway Patrol and State Teachers.
Cincinnati Police Department Mission Statement
The Cincinnati Police Department will develop personnel and manage resources to promote effective partnerships with the community to improve the quality of life through the delivery of fair and impartial police services while maintaining an atmosphere of respect for human dignity.
Cincinnati Police Department Vision Statement
The Cincinnati Police Department will be recognized as the standard of excellence in policing.
Cincinnati Police Department Core Values
Integrity: Our actions and relationship with the community are guided by an internal sense of honesty and morality.
Professionalism: Our conduct and demeanor display the highest standard of personal and organizational excellence.
Diversity: Our members recognize differences as a strength in our organization and community.
Accountability: Our duty is to promote public trust by upholding our obligations to the department and community.
Vigilance: Our responsibility is to be alert to issues and activities impacting our community.
About the Greater Cincinnati Area
Cincinnati sits along the Ohio River and is close neighbors with Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. Here, we meet across bridges, cultures and backgrounds to create a community that is uniquely the Cincinnati region.
Greater Cincinnati offers collegiate and professional sports teams, celebrated arts, parks, libraries and a thriving Downtown. The region is recognized routinely for being family-friendly, pet-friendly, LGBTQ-friendly, commuter-friendly and welcoming to all.
The Cincinnati area is one of the most affordable real estate markets in the country – more than 40 percent lower than the national average. The average rent in the Cincinnati Region is $730, and the 75 neighborhoods in the region offer a great place for everyone to live.
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