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Akron looking for police officers: Find out how to apply

New officers are eligible for a $2,000 sign-on bonus.

AKRON, Ohio — On Monday, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan announced that the city is accepting applications for police officers.

Those interested can apply through March 9, 2023 and are eligible for a $2,000 sign-on bonus. 

“Our police officers serve a crucial role in our communities,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, in a news release. “At a time when building up trust between our residents and our officers is more important than ever, it’s imperative that we recruit and hire officers that reflect the community they serve. We are looking for highly qualified applicants who have a passion for service and for the Akron community.”

Anyone who applies is required to take an exam on March 18 or 23. Then, the eligible list will remain in place for 18 months.

Candidates must meet several baseline qualifications to be eligible, including:

  • 20.5 - 45 years old by the application closing date (March 9, 2023)
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license

Additionally, candidates must pass written tests, a physical fitness test, a background investigation and a polygraph examination. 

In the final selection, the applicants also need to pass a medical and psychological evaluation after receiving a conditional job offer. 

"The City of Akron also awards bonus points to those candidates who pass the written test and meet a residency requirement, have served in active duty in the armed forces of the United States for more than 180 days and were honorably discharged, and/or completed accredited college course work," the news release said.

For more information, please contact the City of Akron Department of Human Resources at 330- 375-2720; or toll free: 1-888-588-5417, or click here.

Editor's Note: The following video is from a previous, unrelated report.


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