Becoming a Police Officer in Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Police Department consists of more than 1,600 uniformed members, making it the second largest police force in Ohio. The Cleveland Police Department accomplishes its goal of providing public safety to the citizens of Cleveland through three, distinct divisions: Administrative Operations, Field Operations, and Homeland Special Operations.

Individuals interested in learning how to become a cop by meeting police officer requirements in Cleveland can use this guide, which provides step-by-step instructions on completing the employment process:

  1. Determine Eligibility
  2. Complete an Employment Application
  3. Take the Civil Service Written Examination
  4. Take the Physical Agility Test
  5. Complete Employment Paperwork
  6. Participate in an Oral Interview
  7. Complete Remaining Employment Testing
  8. Successfully Complete Police Academy Training


Step 1. Determine Eligibility

Before you begin the process of becoming a police officer in Cleveland, you must first determine if you meet minimum eligibility requirements for Cleveland police jobs. In particular, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of the civil service examination
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have a number of misdemeanor convictions or a domestic violence conviction

Step 2.  Complete an Employment Application

All candidates for Cleveland police jobs must complete a city employment application. You can also view current job opportunities and civil service testing announcements here.

You may send a letter of interest, along with a completed application and resume, to You may also fax it to 216-664-3489 or mail it to:

City of Cleveland
Department of Personnel and Human Resources
601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 121
Cleveland, OH 44114

Step 3. Take the Civil Service Written Examination

Based upon your score from the civil service written examination, you will receive a ranking, which will determine whether you are eligible to take the physical agility test.

You can contact the Cleveland Civil Service Commission at 216-664-2467 with any questions regarding completing the city employment application and taking the civil service written examination.

Step 4. Take the Physical Agility Test

The physical agility assessment, which is pass/fail test, includes: sit-ups, push-ups and a 1.5-mile run.

Step 5. Complete Employment Paperwork

All qualified candidates who pass the physical agility exam will qualify to move forward with the employment process, which includes completing personal history questionnaires and waivers giving the Cleveland Police Department permission to conduct extensive background investigations.

Step 6. Participate in an Oral Interview

Upon completion of all necessary paperwork, qualified candidates will be scheduled for an oral interview, and will also be photographed and fingerprinted at that time.

Step 7. Complete Remaining Employment Testing

Upon the successful outcome of a background investigation and oral interview, a select number of candidates will be invited to complete the employment testing process, which includes undergoing a medical examination (including drug screening) and a psychological/psychiatric evaluation, and taking a personality assessment.

Step 8. Successfully Complete Police Academy Training

Individuals appointed to the Police Academy class train for a period of approximately 6 months. All new recruits must maintain a 70 percent or better throughout the Academy to remain in training.

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