CANTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
21 3RD ST SW
CANTON, OHIO 44702
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Updated: June 23, 2021
Job Classification: Police Officer
Overview: The Canton Police Department is currently hiring Police Officers! Candidates must complete a job application, located here, prior to testing. Once applied, all qualified candidates will be referred to National Testing Network to schedule their exam. All candidates must take the Frontline National exam through National Testing Network by September 21st, 2021.
The department also requires the candidate to complete the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ). You can access the questionnaire through your candidate account. The PHQ should be completed as soon as possible to be considered further in the hiring process.
Steps to apply:1. Fill out an application on governmentjobs.com. Upload a copy of your driver's license and any other supporting documentation before submitting the application.
Contact Information: Sergeant C. M. RileyPhone: 330-438-4441Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salary Information:$39,000 without OPOTA Certification $40,000 with OPOTA Certification $43,350 after 13 months
Benefits Information: City of Canton Police Cadets and their eligible dependents become eligible for comprehensive health benefits on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment. Health benefits include hospitalization, outpatient services, prescription coverage, dental and vision coverage, and group life insurance.
Time-off benefits include paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick leave. Other benefits include uniform allowance, longevity pay, physical fitness incentive, tuition assistance (career-related field), shift-differential pay, and premium pay for Hall of Fame festivities. All Safety Forces (Police and Fire) become members of the Ohio Police and Fire Pension (OP & F).
Department Information: The Canton Police Department has approximately 170 Officers and 30 non-sworn personnel who are active in many facets of policing and are progressive in seeking the latest in technology and training to complete our mission of serving the Hall of Fame City. Our police family has the opportunities of a large city while instilling that unparalleled feeling of a small hometown. Opportunities for movement include Patrol Operations, Detective Bureau, K-9 operations, Community Involvement Unit, SWAT, Vice, Crime Scene Investigations, Real-Time Crime Analyst, Training Bureau, Federal Task Forces, and Metro-Narcotics operations. Promotional exams are conducted as positions are vacated. Our Officers are from all different backgrounds and serve in a variety of roles. They are making a difference and love what they do, and you could too!City Information: Canton is a city in, and the county seat of, Stark County, Ohio. It is located approximately 60 miles south of Cleveland and 20 miles south of Akron in Northeast Ohio. Canton is chiefly notable for being the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the birthplace of the National Football League. Canton is also home to the William McKinley National Memorial in honor of our country’s 25th president.
Canton is currently experiencing an urban renaissance, anchored by its growing and thriving arts district centrally located in the downtown area. Several historic buildings have been rehabilitated and converted into upscale lofts, attracting thousands of new downtown residents into the city. One of downtown Canton’s newest editions, Centennial Plaza, is a vibrant hub for community events and social activities.
Age: 21 to 34 NO OFFICERS SHALL BE APPOINTED AFTER THEIR 35TH BIRTHDAY. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
US Citizen: You must be a citizen of the United States or have legally declared your intention of becoming a United States Citizen.
High School Grad/GED: Must have a high school diploma or possess a G.E.D.
Valid OHIO State Driver's License: You must possess a valid driver’s license issued by your state of residence.
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
College: Not required but a bonus will be added to your entrance exam for Associates or Bachelor’s degrees
Academy Certification: Preferred but not required
Necessary Certifications: Must have or be able to complete the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) Basic Police Training certification.
TESTING PROCESS: The testing process will consist of two components. The two components are a written examination, administered by the National Testing Network, and a physical agility test, which will be scheduled at a later date. In order to take the physical agility test, you must have passed the written examination with a minimum score of 62.5%. You will also need to receive medical clearance from a physician in order to take the physical agility test. The written examination will count as 100% of your total grade. The physical agility test is a pass/fail. APPLICANTS MUST PASS BOTH COMPONENTS TO BE CONSIDERED. The only exception is those who show proof of OPOTA certification; they do not have to take the physical agility test. An applicant’s overall passing score plus bonus credits shall be the basis for the ranking of candidates on an eligibility list. Bonus credits shall be added only if the candidate passes both test components.
HIRING PROCESS: Completion of the entry-level testing process through the National Testing Network that meets the minimum passing score of 62.5%, physical agility test (non-certified applicants only), background investigation, board interview, Chief’s interview, voice stress analysis, psychological/ personality test, physical and drug screen.
Testing Bonuses for Police Officer: OPOTA certification is 20% score bonus, veteran bonus (see below), college bonus for Bachelors 20%, Associates Degree 10%. Maximum of 20% bonus for passing score.
**** IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS****: As provided in ORC 124.23C, any person who has completed service in the uniformed services, who has been honorably discharged from the uniformed services or transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service, and who is an Ohio resident and any member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio National Guard, who has completed more than 180 days of active duty service pursuant to an executive order of the President of the United States or an act of Congress of the United States may file with the director a certificate of service or honorable discharge (DD-214 – Long version), and upon this filing, the person shall receive an additional credit of twenty percent (20%) of the person's total grade given in the examination in which the person receives a passing grade.
A member in good standing of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio National Guard, who successfully completes the member's initial entry-level training shall receive a credit of fifteen percent (15%) of the person's total grade given in the examination in which the person receives a passing grade. Applicants are solely responsible for making Commission staff members aware of previous filings of discharge papers by the application deadline if bonus credit is to be claimed.
RATING: Your name will be placed on a list of eligible candidates upon receiving a passing score. Once the list has been established, your name will remain on the list for a period of one (1) year, or until the position is closed.
****NOTICE OF DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT****: Pursuant to Civil Service Rule IV (16), applicants are hereby advised that the position of employment being examined for has been declared as "safety sensitive". Accordingly, eligibility is not considered final until drug testing has been successfully completed with a negative result. Applicants who refuse to submit to drug testing or submit and fail such testing will be removed from all safety sensitive eligibility lists upon which their name appears for a period of one year or until the eligibility list(s) expire(s), whichever is shorter. Reinstatement to eligibility list(s) shall be contingent upon successfully passage of drug testing under the Commission's control at applicant expense.
****NOTICE OF BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION****: Be advised that candidates will be subjected to a confidential background investigation, including, but not limited to, a criminal record check and driving record check.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, age, type of disability, or any other non-merit factor.
Contact Canton Civil Service for any questions regarding the application process at (330) 489-3360.