Entry Level Eligibility Requirements to Join the Force

Below are the basic eligibility requirements for becoming an Elyria or Lorain Police Officer.

These Are the Minimum Requirements for Lateral Transfer Applicants

  • Must have a current State of Ohio OPOTA Peace Officer certificate and be either full or part time in a police officer position in any jurisdiction in the State of Ohio.
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be able to read and write in the English language.
  • Must possess a valid State of Ohio driver’s license.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED.

For a more comprehensive list of requirements, including eligibility requirements for lateral transfers, please view this document. Military and athletes do well in our police force. For more information on the descriptions of duties performed by a police officer, please view this document.

The City of Lorain currently does not accept lateral transfers.

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Automatic Disqualifiers

  • Any felony conviction or currently under indictment for a felony offense.
  • Any prior criminal conviction for domestic violence, perjury or falsification.
  • Any pending criminal charge (Misdemeanor or Felony).
  • If you are currently subject to an active restraining or protection order.
  • Must not have been discharged from any branch of the United States Military Service under less than honorable conditions, that includes Dishonorable discharge, bad conduct discharge, or any other characterization of service indicating bad character.
  • Must not be a fugitive from justice. If you have questions, contact the recruiting officer.

The following occurrences in your background may result in rejection of your application:

  • Felony conduct.
  • Non-compliance to law.
  • Illegal use of drugs or conviction for drug-related violations.
  • Excessive use of alcohol.
  • Anti-social behavior.
  • Poor work habits.
  • Poor driving record. For instance, numerous crashes or numerous convictions for moving traffic violations.
  • Numerous debts which are not regularly being paid or recent history of debt not being paid.
  • Poor moral character, emotional instability, inadequate or lack of effective communication skills, poor decision making skills.

The above occurrences in your background may result in rejection of your application. For a complete list of disqualifier considerations, please view this document.

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Employment Process in Lorain

Below are the steps necessary to become a Police Officer in Lorain.

STEP 1: APPLICATION (4 WEEKS)

Completing the application packet for the position of Police Officer is the first step in the employment process. Application packets must be completed in accordance with procedures established by the City of Lorain Civil Service Commission and submitted prior to any established deadline.

STEP 2: WRITTEN EXAMINATION (3-5 WEEKS)

The written test comprises 70% of the total examination score. The written test has several components. In order to pass, an applicant must receive a minimum cumulative score of 75% on the written test, AND an applicant may not score below 60% on any individual written test component.

STEP 3: PHYSICAL AGILITY TESTING (3-5 WEEKS)

The applicant must take and pass a physical fitness test. Athletes are welcome. Those who pass the physical agility test will move on to the written portion of the employment process.

At the completion of Step 3 all applicants who have successfully completed both portions of the examination process will be ranked and placed on the eligibility list for hire. (2-3 WEEKS)

STEP 4: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION (8-10 WEEKS)

Once the eligibility list is certified by the Civil Service Commission each applicant shall undergo a background check prior to consideration by the appointing authority. The applicant will be required to have completed a Personal History Statement to assist the investigator during the background investigation. During this step the applicant will be required to complete a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer test for the purposes of truth verification.

STEP 5: HIRING BOARD (1-3 WEEKS)

The applicant will appear before a hiring board that consists of department personnel and the hiring authority.

STEP 6: CONDITIONAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT (1-3 DAYS)

After the completion of Step 5 the Hiring Board shall make their recommendations to the hiring authority. The hiring authority shall make the final hiring decisions. Those that are hired will receive a conditional offer of employment. Following the offer, the applicant will complete a psychological assessment and interview, medical examination and drug screening.

STEP 7: FINAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT (2-4 WEEKS)

Applicants who successfully complete all requirements will be offered a final offer of employment and given a swearing in date.

Estimated timeline for hiring process is 23-34 weeks.

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Employment Process in Elyria

Below are the steps necessary to become a Police Officer in Elyria. For a more comprehensive list of the steps, please view this document.

STEP 1: APPLICATION (ENTRY LEVEL & LATERAL) (4 WEEKS)

Completing the application packet for the position of Police Officer is the first step in the employment process. Application packets must be completed in accordance with procedures established by the City of Elyria Civil Service Commission and submitted prior to any established deadline.

STEP 2: PHYSICAL AGILITY TESTING (ENTRY LEVEL & LATERAL) (3-5 WEEKS)

The applicant must take and pass a physical fitness test. Athletes are welcome. Those who pass the physical agility test will move on to the written portion of the employment process.

STEP 3: WRITTEN EXAMINATION (ENTRY LEVEL ONLY) (3-5 WEEKS)

The written test comprises 70% of the total examination score. The written test has several components. In order to pass, an applicant must receive a minimum cumulative score of 75% on the written test, AND an applicant may not score below 60% on any individual written test component.

STEP 4: ORAL ASSESSMENT BOARD (ENTRY LEVEL & LATERAL) (3-5 WEEKS)

The oral assessment, like the written test, is scored in various categories and an applicant must be rated at least “acceptable” in all categories. The oral assessment grade comprises 30% of the total examination score.

At the completion of Step 4 all applicants who have successfully completed all three portions of the examination process will be ranked and placed on the eligibility list for hire. (2-3 WEEKS)

STEP 5: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: (ENTRY LEVEL & LATERAL) (8-10 WEEKS)

Once the eligibility list is certified by the Civil Service Commission each applicant shall undergo a background check prior to consideration by the appointing authority. The applicant will be required to have completed a Personal History Statement to assist the investigator during the background investigation. During this step the applicant will be required to complete a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer test for the purposes of truth verification.

STEP 6: HIRING BOARD (ENTRY LEVEL & LATERAL) (1-3 WEEKS)

The applicant will appear before a hiring board that consists of department personnel and the hiring authority.

STEP 7: CONDITIONAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT (ENTRY LEVEL & LATERAL) (1-3 DAYS)

After the completion of Step 6 the Hiring Board shall make their recommendations to the hiring authority. The hiring authority shall make the final hiring decisions. Those that are hired will receive a conditional offer of employment. Following the offer, the applicant will complete a psychological assessment and interview, medical examination and drug screening.

STEP 8: FINAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT (ENTRY LEVEL & LATERAL) (2-4 WEEKS)

Applicants who successfully complete all requirements will be offered a final offer of employment and given a swearing in date.

Estimated timeline for hiring process is 26-39 weeks for entry level and 23-34 weeks for lateral transfers.

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Becoming a Police Officer in Ohio*

  1. Candidates must enroll in an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) accredited training academy.
  2. All OPOTA students must complete at least 579 hours and any additional hours as provided by the school. Academy courses typically last six (6) months, with the cadet required to live in the academy premises at least 5 days a week.
  3. Take and pass the Ohio Police Certification Test.
  4. Pass the physical exam and a medical exam to determine the cadet’s overall health.
  5. Apply with an Ohio police department.

For the complete outline of the steps needed to become a police officer in Ohio, please visit http://www.how-to-become-a-police-officer.com/states/ohio/.

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Which Process Fits You?

  1. Entry Level Process. For those who want to start a career in law enforcement, you must be 21 years of age or older, physically fit and have a clean record. More information here.
  2. Lateral Transfer Process. For those already in law enforcement who are seeking a lateral transfer. More information here (Lateral Transfer Document).

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Benefits

Below is a summary of the benefits of working for the EPD or LPD. During 25 years of service, a typical officer will earn $1.5 million.

  • Financial compensation for extended service commitment.
  • Overtime pay
  • Paid holiday, vacation and sick leave
  • College incentive pay
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Uniform allowance
  • Retirement plan
  • For a summary of EPD benefits, please view this document.
  • For a summary of LPD salary and benefits, please view this page.

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The City of Elyria Civil Service Commission announces the next entry level examination application deadline. It is noon on March 8, 2016. Additional information appears in the right hand column of this page. Please direct questions to Debbie Spangenberg at 440-326-1559.