Cincinnati Police Officer recruiting has begun. Now is the time to start your career in law enforcement.

The Cincinnati Police Department is seeking qualified candidates. Applications for the next Cincinnati Police Recruit Exam are now being accepted. Candidates interested in a career in law enforcement with an opportunity for advancement should apply online to the 2018 Cincinnati Police Department Recruitment process.

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To help candidates learn more about careers in law enforcement, the Cincinnati Police Department will host four public forums with current Cincinnati Police Officers. Panelists will discuss and answer questions about their career paths, work/family balance, the future of policing and more. The dates and times are as follows:

  • November 8 – Pleasant Ridge Library – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • November 13 – Westwood Library – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • November 19 – Madisonville Library – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • November 27 – College Hill Library – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

To assist candidates in preparing for the recruiting process, the Cincinnati Police Department will also host an Open House Recruiting Event at the Cincinnati Police Academy on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Candidates interested in attending a public forum or the open house event are invited to register online.

Community Forum & Open House Register

The event will allow those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement to get a glimpse of various specialized assignments. SWAT, Marine Patrol, Crime Scene Investigation, Canine, Motorcycles, Youth Services Officers, Investigating Traffic Crashes, Forensics, Cyber Crimes and other specialized units will all be on hand to discuss career opportunities within the Department.

At the Open House, candidates can gain a better understanding of the physical fitness requirements with an opportunity to test their abilities with the officers of the Training Academy. This event will also allow candidates a chance to see where they will spend their 28 weeks in the Police Academy as a successful Police Recruit.

The Cincinnati Police Department’s mission is to solve problems with community involvement, improve the quality of life for all they serve through Core Crime Fight Strategies and community problem-oriented policing and evidence-based policing. This is done using their core values of integrity, professionalism, diversity, accountability, and vigilance.

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About Cincinnati Police Department
The 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, bilingual or ability to speak multiple languages, military experience and college courses/college degrees.

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 these opportunities:

1)    28 weeks of extensive law enforcement training with compensation
2)    Job opportunities in five crime-fighting divisions including Patrol, Investigations, Administration, Specialized Forces and Auxiliary Units
3)    Eligibility to live in any adjoining county to Hamilton County which include three counties in Northern Kentucky and two counties in Southeast Indiana
4)    Opportunity for 100 percent reimbursement for higher education
5)    Voluntary overtime details after two years that allows officers to earn additional income after a year of service that also counts toward your retirement
6)    Option to participate in neighborhood service projects designed to sustain community relations

Interested candidates must be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment, be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED), and be eligible to work in the U.S. with a valid driver’s license.

Applicants who qualify will be required to take the next Police Recruit exam in early 2019. Currently, Police Recruits earn $16.88 per hour through the 28-week Police Academy training. Upon successful completion of the Police Academy, probationary police officer ranges from $60,294 to $72,115 after five years (not including overtime).

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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.

The Cincinnati region is recognized for our tremendous arts, parks, libraries and thriving Downtown. We are routinely recognized for being family-friendly, pet-friendly, LGBTQ-friendly and welcoming to all.

Cincinnati is one of the most affordable real estate markets; more than 40 percent lower than the national average. We have over 75 neighborhoods in our region, and they all have something unique to offer. Average rent here is $730. Here, you can thrive.

If you feel you encompass all the Cincinnati Police Department seeks, then apply online today. This is a great opportunity you don’t want to pass up.


Note:  Media will have opportunities for interviews pertaining, but not limited to the following: opportunities for ridealongs, physical fitness demonstrations and requirements, interviews with recent police graduates, firearm training simulations, etc.


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  1. As a multilingual (English, Spanish, French and Wolof ,write, read and speak) , I hope I can help Cincinnati be a safe place .Communication and diversity matter.I applied .

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