City of Cleveland Seeks to Hire Additional Patrol Officers in 2020

The City of Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) is now accepting applications for Patrol Officers. The enrollment period will run until December 12, 2019. Patrol Officers who complete the Police Training Academy start at a salary of $51,961.

“Public service is an honorable profession and it is the greatest opportunity to impact the lives of individuals, families and communities,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Those who choose to serve as police officers have the important duty of not only keeping our residents safe in times of trouble but also building positive mutually beneficial relationships that will make our neighborhoods safer in the long-run.”

The Division is currently staffed with approximately 1,600 sworn members. Employment benefits include full medical coverage (dental, vision, and life insurance), vacation time, holiday time, sick time, deferred compensation, clothing allowance, longevity, tuition reimbursement and a law enforcement pension.

“We are looking for applicants who reflect the diversity of our Cleveland neighborhoods,” said Police Chief Calvin D. Williams. “The Division is seeking those who want to make a difference in the lives of others with the strength of character and compassion it takes to be successful as a police officer.”

Minimum qualifications include:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • 21-39 years of age at the time of appointment to the Police Training Academy
  • Valid Ohio Driver’s License

All applicants must also complete an electronic examination and a physical agility test consisting of pushups, sit-ups and running a mile and a half.

CDP is seeking diverse individuals who want to proudly serve City of Cleveland residents with dignity, integrity and respect. Career opportunities within the Division are unlimited, including positions in the many specialized units such as, Community Relations, K-9 Unit, Bomb Squad, SWAT, Traffic/Motorcycle Unit, Ordinance Unit, Bicycle Unit, Forensic Unit, Photography Unit well as many opportunities for career growth.

The City of Cleveland has made a number of recent investments to improve Public Safety throughout the City from increasing manpower to new vehicles to the implementation of the Real-Time Crime Center monitoring surveillance video from around Cleveland. The City also this year launched the Safe Smart CLE initiative aimed at converting the City’s 61,000 streetlights to LEDs that can be brightened or dimmed. Some of the lights are also equipped with cameras monitored by CDP. In addition, the City of Cleveland is also in the process of securing a site for the new police headquarters that better meets the needs of CDP. The new 13-acre complex will be located in the Kinsman-Union neighborhood.

To apply for the Patrol Officer position, visit For more info, contact the recruitment team at (216) 623-5233 or