Notice is hereby given that a competitive examination for the position of POLICE OFFICER will be given at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at The Olivedale Senior Citizens Center, 253 Boving Road, Lancaster, Ohio.

POLICE OFFICER: City of Lancaster Police Department
SALARY: Starting $ 47,444.80 per year; after 6 years $ 65,104.00 per year *

*Lateral entry may increase salaries for qualified officers

PARTIAL DUTIES: Police officers protect the lives, safety, property, and peace of the citizens of Lancaster by enforcement of municipal, state, and federal laws and regulations, by providing education, information, and assistance in matters both routine and critical, and performing police duties at public activities, emergencies, and disasters.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education minimum is graduation from a standard senior high school or its equivalent; ability to read and write understandably in the English language; ability to make written reports; ability to pass such medical, physical and agility standards and tests as prescribed from time to time; high moral standards; industry; integrity; alertness; weight in proportion to height; ability to pass physical examination prescribed by the commission.

AGE: No person shall be eligible to receive an original appointment to a police department as a police officer, subject to the Civil Service Laws of the State of Ohio, unless they have reached the age of twenty-one (21).

The subject of the examination will be experience and practical questions. The term of the eligibility list generated from the results of the test is fixed at not less than one year.

EVIDENCE OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION from a standard senior high school or its equivalent must be presented at the time of filing the application for examination. Acceptable documents are a photocopy of diploma or properly marked transcript and are not returnable.

EXTRA CREDIT: The following adjustments shall be made to the scores of applicants on condition that they pass the entry level examination at 70% or above:

(1)   Currently employed, full-time, certified police officers in the State of Ohio will receive additional credit of 15%. Applicant must submit a photocopy of a valid Peace Officer’s Certificate and proof of employment at the time of filing.                     

(2)  5% additional credit will be granted to Out-of-State Police Officers with
    the same conditions as above applying.

(3)   10% additional credit will be granted for a job related bachelor’s degree
 from an accredited college or university. Applicant must attach a copy of diploma or  transcript.

(4)  Any person who has completed service in the uniformed services, who has been honorably discharged from the uniformed services or transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service, and who is a resident of this state and any member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard, who has completed more than one hundred eighty days of active duty service pursuant to an executive order of the president of the United States or an act of the congress of the United States may file with their application a certificate of service or honorable discharge, and, upon this filing, the person shall receive additional credit of 20%. A person who receives an additional credit under this section shall not receive an additional credit under (5) below.

(5)  A member in good standing of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio National Guard, who successfully completes the member's initial entry-level training, shall receive additional credit of 15%.

The total amount of credit that may be accumulated may not exceed 40% 

All applicants must be a citizen or legal resident of The United States and legal resident of Fairfield County or adjoining counties, after appointment.

Applicants must present a photo identification card (driver’s license or equivalent) upon arrival to take the examination on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

FEE: A $ 15.00 non-refundable fee for the examination must accompany the application at the time of filing. Make checks payable to: City of Lancaster

Application blanks may be picked up at the Lancaster Police Department, 130 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio at any time. Additionally, the application form may be downloaded from:

A copy of The Lancaster Police Department’s background removal standards may be downloaded from:

Applications must be filed with the office of the Service Safety Director, 104 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio between 8:30AM and 4:30PM, Monday through Friday.
Applications will not be accepted after 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

The City of Lancaster is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

                           Lancaster Civil Service Commission; Thomas E. Hammer, Chairman