Becoming a Police Officer in Toledo, Ohio

The Toledo Police Department (419-245-3340) and its 585 sworn police officers are dedicated to protecting and serving the citizens of Toledo, the fourth most populous city in Ohio.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to become a police officer in Toledo:

  1. Meet Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  2. Obtain Recruitment Information
  3. Submit an Application for Employment
  4. Take the Civil Service Exam
  5. Undergo Background Investigation and Oral Interview
  6. Receive Conditional Offer of Employment and Complete Remaining Employment Testing
  7. Undergo a Medical Examination and Psychological Examination/Evaluation
  8. Take the Physical Ability Examination
  9. Attend the Police Academy

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Step 1. Meet Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Individuals who have interest in Toledo police jobs and want to learn how to become a cop by meeting police officer requirements in Toledo must first determine if they meet employment eligibility requirements. In particular, all candidates must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 20 years old but no older than 35 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate

Step 2. Obtain Recruitment Information

Before applying for Toledo police jobs, you should first determine current police officer recruitment information by visiting the Toledo Police Department Recruitment page.

If the Toledo Police Department is not currently hiring, you may contact the Department at Toledo.humanresources@toledo.oh.gov and submit an interest card as to receive notification of the next recruitment period.

Step 3. Submit an Application for Employment

Once you have received notification that the Department is accepting applications for Toledo police jobs you may pick up an application at the Michael P. Bell Fire Administration Building on 545 North Huron Street (first floor) or download and print an employment application.

Note: Applications and testing and preparation materials are only available online during open recruitment periods.

Upon receipt of your completed application, the Department will provide you with the following:

  • Civil service announcement
  • Study Guide
  • Admission Card
  • Test Orientation Session Schedule

Step 4.  Take the Civil Service Exam

Civil service exam dates for Toledo police jobs, which are only available on select dates during open recruitment periods, are provided to all candidates who meet the minimum requirements for employment and have submitted a formal application for employment. You must bring your Admission Card and your photo identification with you on the date of testing to be admitted.

Step 5. Undergo Background Investigation and Oral Interview

The top candidates from the civil service exam are chosen to continue with the employment process, which includes undergoing a background investigation and an oral interview. You can also expect to be photographed and fingerprinted at this time.

Step 6. Receive Conditional Offer of Employment and Complete Remaining Employment Testing

The Police Chief will review the results of the oral interviews and extend offers of employment to the top candidates. All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of all remaining employment testing, which includes: a medical exam; a psychological evaluation; and a physical ability test.

Step 7. Undergo a Medical Examination and Psychological Examination/Evaluation

Medical and psychological evaluations are performed as a way to determine if candidates are suitable for law enforcement work.

There is no way to prepare for psychological evaluations, so it is advisable to relax, be yourself and respond honestly for the best chance at success.

Step 8. Take the Physical Ability Examination

The physical ability examination consists of completing a 1.5-mile run and one-minute timed push-ups and sit-ups.

Step 9. Attend the Police Academy

All new recruits must complete a 24-week, mandatory police academy training program through Owens Community College.

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