Police Officer – Lateral Entry and Entry Level

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Duties and Work Requirements

Work normally consists of preventive patrol, criminal investigations, and traffic control, but may also include other related assignments as required. Duties may involve an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without immediate and direct supervision while exercising independent judgment in response to emergencies. The nature of the work requires that the employee work irregular schedules, including holidays and weekends, and in all climatic conditions. Specific work assignments are made by a Sergeant or other Police Supervisor.

Career Opportunities

Police Officers who meet specified service and skill requirements are eligible to compete for promotion to a supervisor position, if available.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $33.22 – $40.65 per hour, with entry rate dependent upon experience, training and all applicable qualifications. Extensive fringe benefits include medical care insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, attractive retirement plan under the Police and Fireman’s Disability and Pension Fund of Ohio, paid holidays, vacation leave, personal leave, and sick leave privileges.


Successful candidates must satisfactorily complete the following minimum requirements prior to the selection process.

  1. Age Requirements – Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  2. Physical Condition – Must be physically capable of performing all police duties. Candidates must eventually pass a thorough medical examination which includes a drug screening.
  3. Ohio Operator’s License – Appointee must possess or obtain a valid State of Ohio Operators License for driving a motor vehicle.
  4. Lateral Certification –Lateral Candidates – Must possess an Ohio Peace Officer Training Council (O.P.O.T.C.) Basic Police Certificate or satisfy all training requirements, as determined by the O.P.O.T.C., at the time of appointment.
  5. Education Requirements – At the time of appointment, candidates must have a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent.
  6. Vision – Candidates must have at least 20/100 vision correctable to 20/20 at the time of appointment and cannot be color blind.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of completing a comprehensive personal history questionnaire and application (resumes are desirable but not acceptable as a substitute document).

Top candidates will be asked to participate in subsequent phases which include:

  • Physical Fitness Test – must score at least in the 15th percentile of the Cooper Standards (1.5 Mile Run, Push-ups, Sit-ups);
  • Panel Interview;
  • Background Investigation;
  • Two Polygraph Examinations;
  • Psychological and Behavioral Assessment;
  • Physical/Medical Exam, with drug screen;
  • Oral Interview with the Chief of Police and the City Manager

Inability to successfully complete any phase of this process (or two psychological instruments) may also be cause for elimination from consideration, except that candidates will not be dropped from consideration based on the results of one psychological instrument. Failure to appear for any phase may also result in elimination. Successful candidates must complete a one-year probationary period with the West Carrollton Police Department, which is a continuation of the hiring process. If you are not state certified by the State of Ohio at the time of appointment and assigned to attend a police academy, your one-year probationary period will begin after you graduate from the academy and receive your state certification.

Polygraph and Psychological / Behavioral Assessment

Candidates are not eliminated based on the unfavorable results of any one psychological testing instrument. Admissions and other information may be used or verified in the background investigation or interview process. The psychological assessment consists of a number of written tests, self-assessments, and oral interviews with the psychologist collectively which lasts about four hours.

The polygraph security clearance examinations usually last about two and one-half hours and covers the following areas:

  • Employment Information;
  • Medical History;
  • Financial History;
  • Gambling:
  • Use of Alcohol;
  • Use of Drugs;
  • Criminal Activity;
  • Deviant/Criminal Sexual Behavior;
  • Personal Data;
  • Basic Honesty;
  • Subversive Activity;
  • Conduct as an Enforcement Officer; Security Agent; and/or Corrections Officer


The expected duration of the selection process is approximately three months.

Candidates must complete a City of West Carrollton application and personal history questionnaire. Applications and required materials can be downloaded below, electronic applications are located at the bottom of this page or using the “Apply Now” button or can be picked up in person at the West Carrollton Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave., Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Electronic applications will also be accepted with attachments in .pdf or Microsoft Word format.  Input ‘Police Officer’ into the subject line and e-mail [email protected].

Download Employment Application

Download Police Personal History Questionnaire

Download Job Description

Please submit the following: (downloads located above or electronic application “Apply Now” at the bottom)

  1. Completed employment application
  2. Completed personal history questionnaire

Current academy students and minority applicants are encouraged to apply. The City of West Carrollton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The expected duration of the selection process is approximately three months.

The City of West Carrollton allows re-application, re-testing, and re-evaluation of candidates not appointed to probationary status unless the condition(s) which previously eliminated them from the appointment are of a nature that another rejection is assured (i.e., extensive criminal background, disabling physical or mental conditions, etc.). Due to the frequency of recruiting efforts, there are no limitations to re-applications.


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