WESTERVILLE OH, CITY OF, DIVISION OF POLICE
21 SOUTH STATE STREET
WESTERVILLE, OHIO 43081
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Updated: January 31, 2020
Job Classification: Police Officer
The City of Westerville is currently accepting test results for entry level police officer from January 31st through March 11th. Candidates must take the NTN exam by March 11, 2020 in order to be considered. If you have taken the NTN test previous to this opening and your scores are still valid, please contact NTN in order to send your scores to Westerville. You must contact NTN before the closing date in order to transfer your scores.
The City does not require a PAT (Physical Abilities Test) through National Testing Network. PAT testing will take place during the recruitment process through the City of Westerville.
Candidates must submit an online application on the City of Westerville’s website by March 11, 2020.
For more information about the department and to apply online, please visit: https://www.westerville.org/services/police/employment
Hiring Process: Testing and Receiving Applications: January 31, 2020- March 11, 2020. The NTN passing score for Westerville is scoring at least a 70% in each of the three sections of the exam (reading, writing and the video portion). Phone Interviews: March 19th through April 1st Physical Fitness Assessment: Saturday, April 4th or Saturday, April 18th. Candidates will be asked to RSVP for one of the physical fitness assessment dates. These assessments will start at 9:00AM in Westerville. Completing a PHQ (paper copy) Oral Board Interviews Background
Salary Information: Starting salary $29.73/hour or $35.10/hour with Ohio Peace Officers Certification and 2 years full-time sworn law enforcement experience.
Benefits Information: Paid vacation, sick leave, personal leave, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance available.
Department Overview: The mission of the Westerville Division of Police is to provide service to the public. We are dedicated to responding to the needs of citizens, preventing crimes, and continually evolving to maintain the highest standards of service. This mission is accomplished through services provided by our dedicated staff in conjunction with strong community participation and support. Our organizational philosophy is “Total Resource Policing.” This provides staff with the authority and responsibility to complete tasks and missions at the frontline level. Our staff members are encouraged to use both traditional and more contemporary methods in order to address external and internal issues and concerns focusing on relationship building and crime prevention. Each and every day our staff commit to providing outstanding service to citizens and making Westerville a safe and vibrant community. We do this by making our core values of integrity, responsibility, loyalty, and honesty an integral part of our daily lives.The Westerville Division of Police has 75 authorized sworn positions and 36 additional civilian positions. The department handles over 32,000 calls for service annually. City Information: The City of Westerville is a northeastern suburb of Columbus. It spans both Franklin and Delaware counties. The area is approximately 13 square miles. Westerville is often referred to as a “city within a park”. Bordering the scenic Hoover Reservoir and with almost 600 acres of park in 46 locations and 29 miles of multipurpose trails, it’s easy to see why. Westerville has twice appeared in Money magazine’s list of America’s “Best Places to Live” and was rated by Forbes magazine as the Fifth friendliest town in the country. Westerville was named as America’s best suburb in 2013 by Movoto Real Estate. With each recognition, the extraordinarily low crime rate was cited. Our crime rate places Westerville at 46% below the national average. Most recently, Westerville was named as “Best Hometown” by Ohio Magazine. Being responsive to our citizens is extremely important. Westerville's average response times for police, fire and emergency medical services are less than four minutes, about half the national average. Westerville is a vibrant and growing community that is located within 15 minutes of 2 regional shopping malls and John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Population: 37,000
US Citizen: Yes
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid OHIO State Driver's License: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Vision: Must have corrected vision in both eyes to 20/20 and no color blindness
College: Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required
Academy Certification: Ohio Peace Officer Training Certification preferred but not required prior to appointment. Non-certified candidates will be enrolled in an academy as soon as practical after appointment.
Prior Experience: Preferred but not required
Necessary Certifications: Valid Ohio Driver's license or ability to obtain an Ohio license during the probationary period.
School Prior and Post Hiring: High school graduate or G.E.D.
Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers: See standards for employment.
Driving Disqualifiers: Must have a valid driver’s license in the current state of residence and have the ability to obtain an Ohio driver’s license upon hire date. See standards of employment
Standards for Employment: There are high standards for employment for both police employees and those select non-police civilian city employees who are granted access to police facilities during the course of their work. This is necessary for both categories of employee in that police employees represent our government and help protect the rights of citizens and our community and non-police civilian employees routinely have access to otherwise restricted areas.
Therefore it is necessary for the Division of Police to assure the community that its employees are of the highest caliber of moral and ethical standards. This requires the Division of Police to do an extensive background investigation to determine a candidate’s suitability for employment.
Various matters may disqualify candidates from the selection process. Not only are a candidate’s truthfulness and honesty regarding past behavior such conditions for employment, but the specific facts revealed regarding past behavior may also cause disqualification from the selection process. Although various factors may lead to immediate disqualification of a candidate, the Division of Police also retains the right and the discretion to determine which candidates to select or not select for employment; merely meeting the minimum standards for employment does not, in itself, have any bearing on a candidate’s prospect for hire (this includes the selection of reserve officers).
When reviewing criminal history, it is the criminal act that is considered. While a conviction is proof that the conduct occurred, conviction is not the only acceptable proof of criminal conduct. Information of a nature normally relied upon by reasonable persons in their daily life that a criminal act was committed by the applicant, as opposed to proof beyond a reasonable doubt, may result in a recommendation of disqualification.
Participation in the selection process is voluntary; you may withdraw at any time. Anything revealed and documented during the selection process becomes public record and generally must be provided to anyone upon their request.
A. Honesty/Falsification (ORC Chapter 2921) – Applicants will be removed from the selection process for any of the following reasons:
Job Description: NATURE OF WORK
Responsible to enforce all local, state and federal laws within the City of Westerville.
Work is performed under the direction of a Sergeant. Work is performed within the guidelines of division general orders with some discretion in enforcement of local, state, and federal laws. Work is reviewed daily by supervisors through reports and performance evaluations.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF WORK (May not include all duties performed.)
Selection Process information:
: The written examination consists of situational multiple choice and essay questions that are offered in video formatting. Multiple opportunities will be offered both locally and nationally to sit for the test.
The City of Westerville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and diligently follows all federal guidelines with regard to fair and impartial hiring practices. We welcome the opportunity to recruit and select a diverse work force.
Applications submitted that do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered for employment.