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Police Patrol Officer Entry Level


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.


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


Salary range is $30.13 – $36.87 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.

  • Age Requirements – Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Physical Condition – Must be physically capable of performing all police duties.Candidates will be required to complete a physical agility assessment.  The physical agility assessment shall consist of Situps, Pushups, and a 1.5-mile run at a minimum of the 30th percentile of the Cooper Standands (refer to attached standards).  Candidates must eventually pass a thorough medical examination which includes a drug screening.
  • Ohio Operator’s License – Appointee must possess or obtain a valid State of Ohio Operators License for driving a motor vehicle.
  • State Certification
    • Out-of-State Candidates – Candidates must be evaluated on their previous training by the O.P.O.T.C.  Candidates will be given an Ohio Update Certification Information Form for evaluation during the evaluation process.  Candidates must complete any supplementary training at a State approved and certified training academy as determined by the City of West Carrollton.
    • Upon satisfactory completion of all hiring requirements, candidates who do not currently possess an Ohio Peace Officer Training Council Certification will be placed into a full-time basic police officer training academy as determined by the City of West Carrollton.  Candidates will be compensated at the current pay step level 1 during academy attendance.
    • OPOTC Certified candidates may be provided consideration over candidates that are not yet certified
  • Education Requirements – At the time of appointment, candidates must have a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent.  College education from an accredited college or university is preferred.
  • Vision – Candidates must have at least 20/100 vision correctable to 20/20 at the time of appointment and cannot be color blind.


The selection process will consist of:

Completing and Passing National Testing Network, Inc

Completing a comprehensive personal history questionnaire and application (resumes are desirable but not acceptable as a substitute document).

Candidates will need to complete a physical agility assessment at the 30th percentile of cooper standards for pushups, situps, and 1.5 mile run.

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

  •  Group Oral Interview;
  •  Background Investigation;
  •  Two Polygraph Examinations;
  •   Psychological and Behavioral Assessment;
  •   Physical/Medical Exam, with drug screen;
  •   Oral Interview; and
  •   Final Interviews

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.


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 West Carrollton Police Department offers full testing services for the position of police officer through National Testing Network, Inc.  To schedule a test, go to, select Law Enforcement and sign up for the West Carrollton Police Department.

What to expect at the website:

  • Completion of an application through the National Testing Network
  • Review all information related to the West Carrollton Police Department police officer position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and PAT testing.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.

Upon completion of the entry-level exam, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the West Carrollton Police Department.  Candidates who attain a passing score on the entry-level exam and interview panel will be contacted to continue to participate in other stages of the department’s selection process.

National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry-level testing and PAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the West Carrollton Police Department’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process.  All candidate results are provided to West Carrollton Police Department where the final decisions are made.

Candidates must also complete a City of West Carrollton application and personal history questionnaire.  Applications can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Carrollton Civic Center, 300 East Central Avenue, OR can be electronically downloaded and submitted.

Download Employment Application
Download Police Personal History Questionnaire

Please submit the following:
1. completed employment application
2. completed personal history questionnaire

to the Human Resources Manager, City of West Carrollton, 300 East Central Avenue, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449. Electronic applications will also be accepted with attachments in .pdf or Microsoft word format. Input ‘Police Patrol Officer – Entry Level’ into the subject line and e-mail to

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 testing/application deadline is 4:00 p.m. on December 2, 2022.

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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