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Candidate Contact: 
Sergeant C.M.Riley

Department Information: The Canton Police Department has approximately 170 Officers and 30 non-sworn personnel who are active in many facets of policing and are progressive in seeking the latest in technology and training to complete our mission of serving the Hall of Fame City. Our police family has the opportunities of a large city with that hometown feel.  Opportunities for movement include: Patrol Operations, Detective Bureau, K-9 operations, Community Involvement Unit, SWAT, Vice, Crime Scene Investigations, Real-Time Crime Analyst, Training Bureau, Federal Task Forces and Metro-Narcotics operations. Promotional exams are conducted as positions are vacated.  Our Officers are from all different backgrounds and in a variety of roles.  They love what they do.  You could too.

City Information: Canton is a city in and the county seat of Stark County, Ohio, It is located approximately 60 miles south of Cleveland and 20 miles south of Akron in Northeast Ohio


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Canton is chiefly notable for being the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the birthplace of the National Football League. 25th U.S. President William McKinley conducted the famed front porch campaign, which won him the presidency of the United States in the 1896 election, from his home in Canton.

Canton is currently experiencing an urban renaissance, anchored by its growing and thriving arts district centrally located in the downtown area. Several historic buildings have been rehabilitated and converted into upscale lofts, attracting thousands of new downtown residents into the city.

Population: 75,000

Job Requirements

Age : 21 to 34 (No Officer will be appointed after their 35th birthday)

US Citizen : Yes (Or declared for citizenship)

High School Grad/GED : Must have a high school diploma or GED.

College : Not required but a bonus will be added to your entrance exam for Associate's or Bachelor's degrees

Academy Certification: Preferred but not required

Hiring Process: Completion of the entry-level testing process through the National Testing Network Testing that meets the minimum passing score of 70%, physical agility test (non-certified applicants only), Oral Interview with the Civil Service Director, background investigation, board interview, Chief's interview, Voice stress analysis, psychological/ personality test, physical and drug screen.

Testing Bonuses for Police Officer: Ohio Peace Officer certification is 20% score bonus, Veteran bonus (Honorable Discharge) 20%, college bonus for Bachelor's 20%, Associate's Degree 10% and City Resident Bonus of 5%. Maximum of 20% bonus for passing score. Equal Opportunity Employer

High School Grad/GED: Must have a high school diploma or GED.

Academy Certification: Not required but preference will be given to any applicant that has a current Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA certification or Peace Officer Certification from another State that is reciprocal to Ohio's requirements. The City of Canton will pay your salary and pay for your training at the police academy if selected for hire.

Necessary Certifications: Must have or be able to complete the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) Basic Police Training certification.

Contact Canton Civil Service for any questions @ 330.489.3360

Benefits Information: City of Canton Police Cadets and their eligible dependents become eligible for comprehensive health benefits on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment.  Health benefits include hospitalization, outpatient services, prescription coverage, dental and vision coverage, and group life insurance. 

Time off benefits may include paid vacation, paid holidays, paid sick leave, uniform allowance, longevity pay, physical fitness incentive, tuition assistance (career-related field), shift-differential pay, premium pay for Hall of Fame festivities.  

All Safety Forces (Police and Fire) become members of the Ohio Police and Fire Pension (OP & F).  For additional information regarding benefits, contact the Human Resources Department at 330.438.4136.

Starting Salary (currently, 11/18/19, in negotiations):

$35,000 without OPOTA certification

$38,000 with OPOTA certification

$40,000 after 12 months


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—Mark Twain


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