Do You Aspire to
be in Law Enforcement?

Basic requirements to
become a police officer in Ohio

At least 21 years of age OR will reach that age by the completion of the academy

Must have a high school diploma or GED

Possess a valid Ohio Driver's License

No felony convictions. This may include felony convictions that have been sealed or expunged. *

Pass a drug screen, background check, physical fitness standards. **

* Additional restrictions can be found in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC 109:2-1-03)
** Physical fitness standards tests are 1.5 mile run, sit-ups, and pull-ups.

How to Become a Certified Peace Officer

To become a certified peace officer in Ohio, applicants must complete a Peace Officer Basic Training Academy that is approved by the Ohio Peace Office Training Commission. For more information about the process and expectations, explore the Ohio Attorney General's Office links below.

Keep in mind that these are minimum requirements. Many law enforcement agencies require candidates to take a polygraph test, a written examination, and a psychological evaluation.

Want to know what
behaviors and traits
make effective officers?

The hiring of a law enforcement officer is one of the most important functions of any law enforcement agency.

The officers you hire will ultimately determine the quality of your agency.

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“When selecting for a law enforcement officer you are hiring an entry-level leader.”

– Dr. Patrick Oliver

Are You Ready?

Yes I'm Ready

There are various job opportunities in law enforcement.

A career in law enforcement can be as unique to the person fulfilling any of its various roles. Are you someone who loves to be outdoors biking or more comfortable in nature settings? Do you prefer a more "behind the scenes" kind of role, supporting other staff and officers in their day-to-day tasks? A person working in law enforcement can serve in one of three roles, please click below to explore these opportunities.

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