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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 opportunities 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, the 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.

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To help applicants 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:

– January 6 at District 4 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at 4150 Reading Road, 45229

– January 15 at District 3 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at 2300 Ferguson Road, 45238

– January 21 at District 4 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at 4150 Reading Road, 45229

– February 1 at District 3 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at 2300 Ferguson Road, 45238

Candidates interested in attending a public Cincinnati Police Department Community Forum are invited to register online.



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.

Patrol Investigations Specialized Auxiliary
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
Vice Fugitive Apprehension
Internal Affairs P.I.V.O.T.

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


See what happens during the recruitment phase, polygraph, written test and more.  


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 the 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.

Background Investigation Process                     4 months

Personal History Questionnaire
Background Check
Reference Check
In-Person Interview
Home Interview
Two-Part Behavioral Assessment

Post Offer                                                                                                                     3 months

Psychological Exam
Medical Exam
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 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.

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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 wonderful place for everyone to live.




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

  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 .

  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

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