Full-Time Police Officer

All full-time police officers with the City of Painesville are Civil Service, with the exception of the Police Chief. Hiring for the position of police officer is done through a competitive testing procedure run by the Civil Service Commission. All tests are certified and good for two years from date of certification. 

Minimum Qualifications:

    • U.S. Citizen
    • At least a High School Diploma or equivalent
    • Valid Ohio Driver's License
    • Must be at least 21-year-old and under 37-year-old at the time of appointment for entry level positions
    • Must successfully complete the police physical agility exam and written exam
    • Have an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) Certificate


Additional consideration is given to those who have:

    • Prior service with an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces
    • Experience in municipal, state or county law enforcement
    • Associate, Bachelor or higher educational degree from an accredited university or college


In addition to completing a physical agility and written exam, as applicants move through the interview process, they will also be subject to:

    • Drug Screening
    • Background Investigation
    • Psychological Evaluation
    • Medical Evaluation

NOW HIRING! We are currently looking for new officers and lateral officers

New officer applications and testing deadline is May 3, 2024.

Lateral officer applications accepted through July 10, 2024.


Volunteer & Internships

PPD does offer volunteer and internship opportunities for those interested in a career in law enforcement. Please reach out to 440-392-5818 for more information. 


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