Thank you for visiting our Akron Police Recruitment Page! We are in the middle of hiring off of our last test. We plan to be taking application and testing in the near future. To be automatically notified of our next test, please fill out a, Job Interest Card.

Please explore the information below to learn more about our hiring process and about a rewarding career with Akron PD.

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 $58,864! After three years $68,764!
  • Paid while attending the academy
  • College Tuition through the City of Akron’s Workforce Development Program
  • Tuition Free in-house APD Police Academy
  • 14 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
  • See the Full Benefit Package for employee & family: HERE

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

Crystal Bowen-Carter

Detective Crystal Bowen-Carter has worked for the Akron Police Department since February of 1992.
In 1995, Crystal worked investigations in what is now the Crime Scene Unit. During that time, she photographed and documented crime scenes for case files, lifted and classified fingerprints, and registered newly released inmates in the Compulsive Registrant file.

In 1997, Crystal began working General Assignments. While working in General Assignments, Crystal investigated homicides, rapes, robberies, and other various crimes. In 2002, Crystal began working as a Juvenile Detective investigating crimes committed against children, which included: child deaths and homicides, child rape and sex crimes, child neglect and abuse, and human trafficking cases involving minors.

A fun fact about Crystal is that she investigated the "Kenmore Six" and had a rape fugitive featured on numerous news and crime shows, including America's Most Wanted. In 2017, she was the keynote speaker for the Ohio Black Women's Leadership Caucus and in 2018, she received the Ed Duvall award. Please contact Officer Bowen-Carter at 330-375-2643 or

Kyle Cunningham

Officer Kyle Cunningham has been a police officer for 13 years, 9 of which have been with the Akron Police Department. Prior to becoming a law enforcement officer, he attended The University of Akron where he earned two degrees (Political Science & Criminal Justice). He is a 2nd generation of Cunningham’s to serve the City of Akron (Jim Cunningham).

As a midnight patrol officer, he has been selected as Akron’s Police Officer of the Year (2016) and Summit County’s Top Cop award (2017). As a recruiter, he hopes to attract well rounded candidates that perhaps haven’t thought about a career in law enforcement before. “I’m not necessarily interested in the top test score. I like a candidate that has lived a little bit, has some life experiences and can use that experience to better serve the citizens of Akron”. If you have any questions about the Akron Police Department or the application/hiring process, please contact Officer K. Cunningham at 330-375-2643 or send him an email at

Madison Hooper

Officer Hooper has been with the Akron Police Department for three years. Before starting her career with the Akron Police Department, Officer Hooper obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in National security and Intelligence at Notre Dame College. Officer Hooper believes becoming an officer was one of the best choices she has made. She is thrilled to be able to serve in the community she grew up in.

Officer Hooper is excited to be a part of the recruiting team and to help bring on new potential officers. If you have any questions about the Akron Police Department or the Application process, please contact Officer Hooper via email, at or call her at (330) 375-2643.

Drew Fite

Officer Fite, an Akron native and a graduate of Firestone High School, is a third generation Akron Police Officer. His interest in law enforcement began at a young age, in part because of influences from his father and grandfather, who wore the APD blue. Officer Fite works patrol and serves as a Field Training Officer. His law enforcement career began in the communities of Boston Heights and Fairlawn, totaling five years of law enforcement experience. Prior to pursuing a career in law enforcement, he worked as an automobile technician.

Officer Fite believes being a Police Officer is very rewarding and allows him to give back to the community he was born and raised in. He is excited to be a part of the recruiting team and wants to be inclusive in his recruitment of men and women that want to make a positive difference to the citizens of Akron. If you have any questions about the Akron Police Department or the application and hiring process, please contact Officer Fite via email, or call him at 330-375-2643.

Damber Subba

Officer Subba is originally from Bhutan. He spent seventeen years of his early life in Nepal as a refugee. He came to the US in July 2008 and resettled with International Institute of Akron. He worked in Akron Foundry Company as a general laborer until 2009. He worked in Hattie Larlham as a caretaker of disable residents until 2012. He received a few years training as a Healthcare Interpreter/Legal Interpreter in Nepali Language.

He became a Nationally Certified Healthcare Interpreter through CCHI in December 2012 and became the first Nationally Certified Interpreter for Nepali Language in Ohio. He worked as a Nepali Interpreter staff member in Akron Children’s Hospital for five years. He became a US Citizen in 2014.

Due to the cultural differences of the Bhutanese Refugee Community, it was necessary to have an officer from the community. He has been a resident of Akron since 2008 and he has been an Akron Police Officer for three years. His 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. He is hopeful that we will have ethical, competent, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds. If you would like to speak with Officer Subba, please contact him at 330-375-2643 or send him an email at

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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