Patrol Officer, Spring 2024 Painesville Police Full-time Lateral Entry Exam

Date Posted:

Friday, March 15, 2024


Police Department


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Position Objectives:

The Painesville Civil Service Commission will be holding a lateral entry exam for full-time police officer with the Painesville Police Department.  Those interested in the position of police officer will be required to apply and pass a background, panel interview and all other requirements to be eligible for the candidate list.  The below information will apply to any candidate hired into the position.  Please also see the attached official posting at the bottom.   


This is responsible municipal law enforcement work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work involves responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, and the enforcement of laws and ordinances in a designated area on an assigned shift. An employee of this class may be assigned to uniformed patrol, criminal investigation, juvenile work, or other specialized activity. Work involves an element of personal danger, and officers must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent judgment in meeting both routine and complex emergency situations. Work assignments and instructions are received in general terms from a superior officer who reviews work methods and results through reports, observations, and discussions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Patrols a designated area of the City in a patrol car; prevents and discovers commission of crime.
  • Apprehends criminals and offenders; enforces vehicle and traffic laws.

  • Makes police presence known in a manner that contributes to deterrence of law violations.

  • Answers calls and radio complaints involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors, and/or felonies; conducts accident investigations and criminal investigations at the scenes of crimes.

  • Administers first-aid to persons.

  • Gathers evidence, locates and questions witnesses; interrogates suspects.

  • Writes citations and makes arrests as required by circumstances; testifies as a witness in court.

  • Establishes traffic control and police protection at incidents which may attract crowds; performs police duties at parades, processions, and demonstrations in assigned area.

  • Checks and reports on deficient street lights, signs, road surfaces, or other facilities which serve the public.

  • Checks doors and windows and examines premises of unoccupied buildings or residences in order to detect any suspicious conditions

  • Gives information and provides assistance to motorists and the public.

  • On an assigned basis, serves as a member of the Detective Bureau; conducts follow-up investigations; interviews witnesses, victims, and others and takes statements; interrogates suspects; examines records and collects evidence to be used for criminal prosecutions; testifies in court; prepares detailed investigative reports; serves warrants, obtains subpoenas, and makes arrests; conducts surveillances

  • On an assigned basis, serves as a juvenile and crime prevention officer; investigates offenses involving juveniles; works with runaway and abused children, parents, school, the County Welfare Department, the County Juvenile Court, and other agencies.

  • Completes initial and follow-up reports; initiates neighborhood meetings; prepares and delivers talks to organized groups.

  • On an assigned basis, serves as a training officer; patrols with recruit and instructs officers on local police procedures; evaluates officers during probationary period.

  • Performs related work as required.


Minimum Requirements:

Please see the attached posting for information on exam requirements.

Desirable Training and Experience:

Knowledge of:

  • Modern police practices and methods.

  • Division procedures, rules, and regulations.

  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances including laws of arrest.

  • The street layout and geography of the City.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Deal firmly and courteously with the public.

  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

  • Maintain required records and prepare reports.

  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to take proper courses of action.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

  • Meet such physical requirements as may be established by competent authority.

  • The use of firearms and such other regular and special equipment as may be assigned.


  • Medical, Dental and Prescription Insurance (full-time employees only)
  • Employee Wellness Program

  • Direct Deposit Program

  • Employee Assistance Program (full-time employees only)

  • Worker's Compensation Insurance

  • $25,000 Term Life Insurance (full-time employees only)

  • Family Medical Leave, Bereavement/Funeral Leave, Jury Duty Compensation, Military Leave

  • Holidays, Sick Time, Vacation Time

  • Section 457 (b) Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Pension Plans

Completed applications will be accepted beginning Friday, March 15, 2024, until the deadline of Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 3:00PM.  They should be turned in at the Painesville Police Department located at 28 Mentor Ave., Painesville Ohio, 44077.  Someone should be available 24/7 to collect applications.

Blank applications are linked below.  They can also be picked up from the Painesville Police Department or Painesville City Hall lobby which is located next to the police department. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Civil Service Secretary, Connie Morrison, at 440-392-5788 or by email at [email protected].