Police Job Opportunities
The City of Forest Park announces that a Civil Service test will be given through the National Testing Network (visit their web site https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/ for further details) and will be used as the initial step to establish an eligibility list for the position of Police Officer. Forest Park Police Officers are responsible for maintaining law and order, investigating crimes and protecting life and property throughout the City of enforcing the laws and ordinances of the City of Forest Park and the State of Ohio. It is a rewarding career in a progressive Police Department. The department is anticipating hiring up to three police officers through this process.
Qualifications include: U.S. Citizen; High School Diploma/GED (Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and/or State of Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Certificate preferred); valid Driver's License; vision correctable to 20/40; must be able to be insured and remain insured by the City’s insurance carrier; and minimum age 21 at the time of application and testing. Must be able to pass pre-employment requirements including a background test, polygraph, psychological exam, physical exam and drug test.
Salary: Starting base pay with OPOTA certification is $67,613.52/yr.; increasing to $71,245.82/yr. after six months of service. Annual base pay increases to $74,882.50/yr after 1 year of service, $78,522.70/yr after 2 years of service; and to $82,163.33/yr after 3 years of service.
A state certified officer who has completed his/her probationary period with another police department, may be hired at a pay service step commensurate with his/her skills, knowledge, abilities and years of equivalent service.
For individuals who are not a certified officer in the State of Ohio and must attend a basic police academy, starting salary will be $58,485.44/yr while in the academy and during field training. The basic police academy will be paid for and selected by the City of Forest Park.
Benefits: Excellent Benefits including health/dental/group life insurance, paid vacation/sick leave, holiday/merit pay, uniform allowance and tuition refund program. City of Forest Park employees contribute 19.5% of their salary to the Ohio Police & Fire Pension and the City of Forest Park contributes 12.25%. Accrued sick leave with another publi entity in the State of Ohio can be transferred to the City of Forest Park for purposes of calculation vacation which employees are eligible to receive after one year of employment.
Application Process: To apply, applicants must complete the National Testing Network’s registration and application process, Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ), Public Safety Job Suitability Assessment Part 1 and Part 2 (formerly known as the Work Attitudes Questionnaire (WAQ) and the Public Safety Job Suitability Assessment (PSSA). Please proceed to the National Testing Network’s website at https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/ for further details including testing information. Scope of the National Testing Network’s written test will be multiple-choice questions to identify candidates with an aptitude for police work.
Applicants that pass the National Testing Network’s test with a 70% or greater will be placed on the eligibility list for the position. At the time that candidates are certified from the eligibility list for a vacancy, applications will be reviewed and candidates will be selected for a first, initial interview. Following the first initial interview, a selected number of candidates will progress to a second, more in-depth, interview which will include a physical agility test (Click here for agility test information) that all second interview candidates must take and pass. Please see below for specific details of the Physical Agility Test as well as the Agility Test Waiver Form that all second interview candidates must read and sign on the day of their physical agility test. Second interview candidates that fail the physical agility test will be removed from the police officer eligibility list and will not proceed further in the police officer hiring process.
Honorably or generally discharged veterans or disabled veterans who have served in the military for a minimum 181-day period can be eligible to receive veteran’s preference points in accordance with Section 36.565 of the Forest Park Code of Ordinances (please see below for specific details on eligibility for veterans preference points). Proof of eligibility for veterans preference points must be submitted to the National Testing Network at the time of application.Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, January 15, 2021. Deadline for applications is 4:00 p.m. EDST on Friday, April 9, 2021. NO EXCEPTIONS. TESTING WITH THE NATIONAL TESTING NETWORK MUST ALSO BE COMPLETED BY 4:00 P.M. EDST FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2021. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO ENSURE THAT ALL TESTING IS COMPLETED WITH THE NATIONAL TESTING NETWORK PRIOR TO CLOSING OF THE JOB POSTING AT 4:00 P.M. EDST ON FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2021.