Our Mission

“We strive to attract and retain the most qualified, diverse, and dedicated people to Akron. We are looking for applicants with a high level of personal integrity, a sense of purpose and a desire to work within this community. The selection process can be demanding and longer than other non-public safety jobs. The entire process can take anywhere from 6 to 24 months depending on your ranking on the eligible list. We ask that you be patient during this process. Feel free to contact the City’s Department of Human Resources at any time during the process if you have questions. If you are hired, you will see why the wait was worth it. You can look forward to a long, diverse career with a force that is committed to serving the community of Akron and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens.”

Why Akron PD

  • Starting pay at $61,218.56! After three years a patrolman will earn $76,607.29!
  • Officers will be paid while attending the academy
  • Tuition Free college courses through the City of Akron’s Workforce Development Program via Stark State College (eligible city employee apply)
  • Tuition Free in-house APD Police Academy
  • 15 Paid Holidays per year
  • 80 Hours of vacation for new officers
  • Uniforms, Equipment, and Vest are provided at no cost, plus a $1,225 uniform allowance per year
  • Full Benefit Package for employee & family (Only $15 a week for single / $30 a week for a family)

Step 1: Apply

The application process begins first by submitting application. You will be notified by the City of Akron if eligible.

Step 2: Testing

Applicants who pass the written test are placed on an eligible list, in rank order, based on their examination grade and any applicable extra credit.

Step 3: Training

24-week Ohio Peace Officer Training Course (OPOTA) coupled with a 13-week hands-on field training with a training officer.

Meet The Recruiters

Sergeant Michael Murphy

Sergeant Michael Murphy has been with the Akron Police Department since 2007. Sergeant Murphy was raised in West Akron and chose to serve his community after attending St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and playing football at the University of Dayton. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and has served as a member of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), and has worked as a Field Training Office (FTO). Sergeant Murphy has previously worked in recruiting and is excited to be a part of the process again. Please contact Sergeant Murphy at 330-375-2643 or MGMurphy@AkronOhio.gov

Officer Julio Barbosa

Officer Barbosa has been with the Akron Police Department since 2019. During his time with the department he has been primarily assigned to the west side of Akron. Prior to joining the Department he served as an active member of the U.S. Army for 10 years. During his time in the military he had the great privilege of serving his country during two different conflicts. After his time in the military he served as personal security to former President Trump during his campaign run. Officer Barbosa is excited to be a part of this process in ushering in the next generation of Akron cops. Please contact Officer Barbosa at 330-375-2643 or JBarbosa@AkronOhio.gov

Officer David Beck

Officer David Beck has been with the Akron Police Department since 2014. Officer Beck was born and raised in the Highland Square neighborhood in West Akron, and he attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He primarily patrols the Highland Square and Summit Lake neighborhoods. Officer Beck is excited to help find the next generation of Akron Police Officers to assist in making the community a safer and better place to live. Please contact Officer Beck at 330-375-2643 or DBeck@AkronOhio.gov

Officer Felicia Behner

Officer Behner was born and raised in Medina. She has been with the Akron Police Department since 2014, assigned to the midnight Patrol Division. As a recruiter, her goals are to increase transparency in the hiring and selection process. She hopes to create new partnerships and help people embrace new possible employment opportunities. Please contact Officer Behner at 330-375-2643 or FBehner@AkronOhio.gov

Detective Dawn Forney

Detective Forney has been with the Akron Police Department since 1995. Detective Forney was on patrol 17 years and assigned to the D.A.R.E. program. She is currently a detective in the Burglary Unit. Detective Forney was born and raised in Akron, and still calls the city her home. She initially worked in the 911 Communications Center, which really ignited her interest in becoming a police officer. “Seeing the calls that came in, and observing the work that officers did to help people and serve the community, made me realize my purpose was to be a part of that.” Please contact Detective Forney at 330-375-2643 or DForney@AkronOhio.gov

Officer Jeffrey Ludle

Officer Jeffrey Ludle was born and raised in West Akron and has been with the Akron Police Department since 1995. Officer Ludle gave back to the Akron community by coaching middle school and high school girls’ basketball for 16 years. He currently works in the Patrol Division and transports prisoners to Summit County Jail, Detective Bureau, and other facilities throughout the State of Ohio. Please contact Officer Ludle at 330-375-2643 or JLudle@AkronOhio.gov

Officer Michael Sebastian

Officer Sebastian has been with the Akron Police Department since 2012. Officer Sebastian chose to serve his community after serving in the United States Marine Corps. He works the west side of Akron in the Highland Square neighborhood. In addition to his patrol duties, he has assisted the department as a Taser instructor, field training officer (FTO), and has recently become a firearms instructor. Officer Sebastian is excited about being part of the recruiting team and looks forward to finding the future of the Akron Police Department! Please contact Officer Sebastian at 330-375-2643 or MSebastian@AkronOhio.gov

Officer Damber Subba

Officer Subba was born in Bhutan and raised in Nepal in a refugee camp for 17 years. He came to the United States in 2008. Officer Subba has been with the Akron Police Department since 2018 and he is our department lead Nepali interpreter. “I believe strength lies in diversity; therefore, my goal as a recruiter is to reduce fear and build trust between the Akron Police Department and the citizens of Akron, including all the minorities within it.” Please contact Officer Subba at 330-375-2643 or Dsubba@AkronOhio.gov

Detective Sean Taylor

Detective Sean Taylor has been with the Akron Police Department since 2007. He was raised in the West Akron community. He spent nine years in Patrol Division, three years as a member of the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), completed two campaigns in backgrounds and the last three years he has been assigned to the Midnight Major Crimes Unit. Detective Taylor is excited about being part of the recruiting team and looks forward to finding the future of the Akron Police Department. Please contact Detective Taylor at 330-375-2643 or STaylor@AkronOhio.gov

Officer Aslea Williams

Officer Aslea Williams is an Akron native, and a graduate of East High School. Officer Williams attended Shaw University where she played Division II basketball. Officer Williams not only led her team to a National Championship, she also obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She started her law enforcement career with the Raleigh Police Department before relocating back home and joining the Akron Police Department. She was inspired to be a police officer from her father, who has been an Akron Police Officer for over 30 years. She is currently a Student Resource Officer for Akron Public Schools. She is excited to be a part of the recruiting team and bring new potential officers to the department that have a passion to serve their community. Please contact Officer Williams at 330-375-2643 or AJWilliams@AkronOhio.gov

With a department of over 450 sworn officers, The Akron Police Department has many specialized units for officers to choose from:

Patrol | K-9 | Crime Scene Unit | Traffic Bureau | Narcotics | Street Narcotics Uniformed Detail (SNUD) | Detective Bureau | Juvenile & Missing Persons (JAM) | S.W.A.T. | Training Bureau | Community Relations | Motorcycle Unit | Bicycle Unit | Body Worn Camera Unit | Mobile Field Force | School Resource Officers (SROs) | Honor Guard | Hostage Negotiator | Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) | Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT)

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