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.

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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