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City of Akron Now Accepting Applications for New Akron Police Officers


Test planned for July 8 & 9

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Press Office
Published: 03-31-2022

Akron, Ohio, March 31, 2022 — This week, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett announced that the City of Akron is now accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applications will be open through June 17, 2022.  To learn more and apply please click here.

“We are on a mission to recruit and hire the most talented people to join our team and to serve the Akron community,” said Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett. “We are looking for a diverse group of people who reflect the community we serve and who have a passion for helping people. In the coming months, APD will have many openings and now is a great time to join.”

“Our officers are our frontline ambassadors in the neighborhoods – providing direct assistance to residents in need and keeping our community safe," said Mayor Horrigan. "Applicants should be enthusiastic about improving the Akron community and be prepared to meet the demands of an evolving and dynamic law enforcement environment. We want the most qualified, diverse, and dedicated applicants. I encourage all those who are interested to apply.” 

The exam is planned for July 8 & 9, 2022. Once established, the eligible list generated from the test will remain in place for 18 months.  Historically the City has hired multiple classes of officers from an eligibility list over that period.

Candidates must meet several baseline qualifications to be eligible, including:

  • 21-40 years old at the time of the written examination
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license

Candidates must pass written tests, a physical fitness test, a background investigation, and a polygraph examination. Final selection is contingent upon passage of a medical and psychological evaluation after receiving a conditional job offer. The City of Akron also awards bonus points to those candidates who pass the written test and meet a residency requirement, have served in active duty in the armed forces of the United States for more than 180 days and were honorably discharged, and/or completed accredited college course work.

In 2019, Akron police reintroduced the in-house academy and started paying cadets $28.30 an hour with benefits during their 24-week training. Compensation for an entry level police officer begins at $58,864.00 a year and includes a generous benefits package consisting of medical and prescription coverage, dental and vision insurance, life insurance at no cost, paid vacation time, sick leave and 14 paid holidays.

For more information, please contact the City of Akron Department of Human Resources at (330) 375-2720 for details; or toll free: 1-888-588-5417, or visit

For further information, contact:
City of Akron Press Office
Phone: 330-375-2754
E-mail: [email protected]

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