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Cincinnati Police Department Recruitment is accepting applications.


Apply today and launch an amazing career in law enforcement with tremendous opportunities for growth and development!


Cincinnati Police Department Recruitment

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, the ability to speak multiple languages, military experience and college credits/college degrees.


People interested in Cincinnati Police Department Recruitment 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.


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Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary for a Police Recruit is $38,353.13. Upon successful completion of the Police Academy curriculum and graduation from the Police Academy, a Police Recruit will be promoted to Police Officer. A Police Officer’s salary is $65,867.12 to $80,355.96
  •  Permanent shift
  •  Health, dental and vision insurance
  •  Sick, holiday, vacation and longevity pay
  •  Credit union, pension plans, deferred compensation, and retirement plans



The Cincinnati Police Department welcomes military veterans looking for a rewarding and exciting career in law enforcement. The Department has been nationally recognized as a top employer of veterans, and nearly 30 percent of the current officers are either active or former military members.

A qualified veteran, 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 10 percent or greater service-connected disability shall receive an additional credit of ten points.


Previous Ohio Public Employment:

Employees who have been previously employed by either the City of Cincinnati or another Ohio public employer may transfer unused sick leave credit to their city sick leave balance.


Ohio Police and Fire Purchase Credit

Subject to certain restrictions, Ohio Police and Fire may purchase credits for full-time service rendered under any Ohio retirement systems – City of Cincinnati, Ohio Public Employees, Ohio School Employees, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio State Teachers.


Cincinnati Police Recruiting Process:

Physical Agility Test (PAT)                1 month

Registration will close October 31, 2021, after all interested applicants have registered to take the test. Applicants will then receive an email to select a day and time to take the Physical Agility Test (PAT) as well as the written test. Both test are scheduled between November 30 and December 4, 2021. Applicants MUST first pass the PAT in order to sit for the written exam.

Training videos to help applicants prepare for the physical fitness test:


Written Exam                                        1 months


Background Investigation Process      4 months

  • Personal History Questionnaire
  • Background Check
  • Polygraph
  • Reference Check
  • In-person Interview


Post Offer                                                  3 months


More information to assist you through the Cincinnati Police Officer Recruit process:


In an urban city with more than 300,000 residents and a police force of more than 1,000 sworn officers, the Cincinnati Police Department offers recruits these opportunities:

  •  Option to live in Hamilton County as well as adjoining counties in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana.
  •  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.
  •  Opportunity to participate in neighborhood service projects designed to sustain community relations.
  •  Job opportunities that provide a full range of police services in multiple divisions across the department

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.




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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


  1. I am very interested in becoming a police officer my father was a police in the Marine and in Nashville Tennessee

    1. Ms. Best,
      Let me know if you have any questions about our process.
      We hope you have registered, the application process closes on 10/31/21.

  2. 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 .

    1. We hope you have signed up to take part in the hiring process. Sounds like you wouild be a great addition to the Department.

  3. What if you can pass EVERYTHING but meeting the criteria to do push-up/sit-up and the run? It’s like you’re capable and able to do it, you’re just not in the best of shape when it come to that.

  4. I have a Juvenile record in Indiana from when I was 16 years old. There were 3 felonies from doing some stupid things with the wrong people. I am 21 now. Will this affect my future as a police officer here?

    1. Hello Aaron. Please contact the Recruiting Office at (513) 357-7567 for additional information.

  5. Hello I’ve always wanted to be a police officer. I am very interested in serving the people of Cincinnati and making it a better place. I got married had kids and life happened but I’m 52 years young now is it to late for my dream career? Thanks

  6. I am 40 a veteran and have a strong background in law enforcement from corrections to federal police department for the Marine Corps. Is there an age limit?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question. The Cincinnati Police Department does not have an age limit for recruits.

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