The city of Akron is accepting applications for the position of police officer now through January 23. The city will give new police exams in the third week of February with the intent to hire approximately 12 new police officers, initially. The eligible list generated from the test is good for 18 months from the date it is established, and historically, the city has hired more than one class of officers from an eligibility list.
Among the qualifications candidates must meet:
- 21-35 years old (at the time of examination)
- Accredited high school or GED
- Physical and medical standards
- Valid driver’s license
Candidates also must pass written tests, physical skills test, medical and psychological tests, background investigation and a polygraph examination.
The city of Akron also awards bonus points for those recruits who meet a residency requirement, have served in the armed forces of the United States and were honorably discharged, and/or completed accredited college course work.
Compensation for an entry level police officer begins with a training wage, then increases to $50,000 a year, and includes a generous benefits package consisting of comprehensive medical insurance, life insurance at no cost, paid vacation time, sick leave and 14 paid holidays.
“These are touch jobs, and they certainly are dangerous at time. But being a police officer can be an incredibly rewarding career,” says Mayor Don Plusquellic. “Not only that, but we offer one of the strongest benefits packages in the state, if not the nation.
“I highly encourage our residents who meet the qualifications to take the test so that they may have the opportunity to join our highly regarded Police Department and enjoy a meaningful career.”
For more information, please contact the city of Akron personnel department at (330) 375-2720, or toll-free at (888) 588-5417, or go to the city Web site.