Although a new class of police recruits has just begun training, the Akron Police Department is looking for candidates to fill another class, tentatively slated for early next year.
“We are on a mission to recruit and hire the most talented people to join our team and serve the Akron community,” Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett said in a press release. “We are looking for a diverse group of people who reflect the community we serve and who have a passion for helping people. In the coming months, APD will have many openings and now is the perfect time to join us. »
Applications for the position of police officer are being accepted through June 17 through the city’s website at online.akronohio.gov/Recruit.
Mylett said the department has not determined how many recruits it will hire. However, the current promotion, which began in March, includes 23 applicants.
In 2019, the year the academy was reintroduced, 51 officers were certified and hired. Six of them, certified as peace officers from Ohio, have undergone accelerated training. In 2021, the Akron Academy trained 26 officers, 11 in the fast lane. It has not been determined whether an accelerated course is planned for future classes.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan called police the city’s “frontline neighborhood ambassadors,” explaining that officers provide direct assistance to those in need and keep the community safe.
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“Applicants must be enthusiastic about enhancing the Akron community and be prepared to meet the demands of a changing and dynamic law enforcement environment,” it added in the release. . “We want the most qualified, diverse and dedicated candidates. I encourage anyone who is interested to apply.”
A review to establish an eligibility list of applicants is scheduled for July. Once established, the list will remain in place for 18 months. Historically, the city has hired multiple categories of officers from an eligibility list during this period.
Applicants must meet several basic qualifications to be eligible, including:
• 21-40 years old at the time of the written exam
• High school diploma or GED
• Valid driver’s license
To be selected for training, candidates must pass written tests, a physical aptitude test, a background investigation and a polygraph examination. Final selection depends on passing a medical and psychological evaluation after receiving a conditional job offer.
The City of Akron awards bonus points to those who pass the written test and meet a residency requirement, have served on active duty in the U.S. military for more than 180 days, and have been honorably discharged and/or completed accredited university courses.
In 2019, Akron police reintroduced the in-house academy and began paying cadets $28.30 per hour with benefits during their 24-week training.
Pay for an entry-level police officer starts at $58,864 per year and includes a generous benefits package including medical and prescription coverage, dental and vision insurance, no-cost life insurance, paid vacation, sick leave and 14 paid holidays.
For more information, contact the city’s Human Resources Department at 330-375-2720, toll-free at 888-588-5417 or online.akronohio.gov/Recruit.