Police Officer Application Process

The following is a chronologically ordered description of what needs to be completed in order to become a Hamilton Police Officer.


To start the process of applying as a City of Hamilton police officer, click "Employment" at the bottom of this page. A new window and website will open.

Applicants can only apply for positions that are currently posted. Please create a log-in account to apply.

To Apply for the Position of POLICE OFFICER

Once registered and logged in:

  1. Click on the Job Title.
  2. Click the green "Apply" button in the upper right of the pop-out window.
  3. Complete the requested information, and click Submit.
If there are no current openings, applicants can submit a job interest card. Go to our Police Personnel page to learn more.

Written Examination

After you have applied, you will have to take a written examination which you must pass with a 70 or better to move on to the next step of the application process.

Additional examination credits can be earned after you have achieved a passing score on the exam. Each credit, aside from the Veteran Credit, is ten percent (10%) of the passing written exam raw score, though only a maximum number of 20 points can be awarded.

Examination credits are awarded for:
  • Veteran Credit (amount and eligibility for this credit is determined by Ohio Revised Code 124.23)
  • City of Hamilton Residency
  • Spanish Proficiency credit
  • Baccalaureate credit
  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification credit. 
Ranking on the eligibility list is based upon the raw written examination score plus any additional credits. In order for credits to be applied, you must first pass the written examination with a 70 or better.

Physical Fitness Examination

After the written examination is completed, you will need to take the physical fitness examination. All potential officers are required to complete the physical fitness examination under the following requirements:


  • Age 20.5-29
    • 1.5-mile run: 12:38
    • Push-ups in one minute: 29
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 38
  • Age 30-39
    • 1.5-mile run: 13:04
    • Push-ups in one minute: 24
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 35
  • Age 40-49
    • 1.5-mile run: 13:49
    • Push-ups in one minute: 18
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 29
  • Age 50-59
    • 1.5-mile run: 15:03
    • Push-ups in one minute: 13
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 24
  • Age 60-69
    • 1.5-mile run: 16:46
    • Push-ups in one minute: 10
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 19
  • Age 70-79
    • 1.5-mile run: 18:38
    • Push-ups in one minute: 10
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 19


  • Age 20.5-29
    • 1.5-mile run: 14:50
    • Push-ups in one minute: 23
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 32
  • Age 30-39
    • 1.5-mile run: 15:38
    • Push-ups in one minute: 19
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 25
  • Age 40-49
    • 1.5-mile run: 16:21
    • Push-ups in one minute: 13
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 20
  • Age 50-59
    • 1.5-mile run: 18:07
    • Push-ups in one minute: 12
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 14
  • Age 60-69
    • 1.5-mile run: 20:06
    • Push-ups in one minute: 5
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 6
  • Age 70-79
    • 1.5-mile run: 21:34
    • Push-ups in one minute: 5
    • Sit-ups in one minute: 6

Other Examinations

Applicants still in contention will undergo:
  • A psychological examination conducted by a licensed psychologist who is specifically experienced in the evaluations of police officer candidates.
  • A polygraph examination, which encompasses drug usage and criminal behavior.
  • An extensive background check.
After all of the phases are successfully passed, information is forwarded to the Chief of Police.


The applicant is asked to test at the Police Department. The testing includes the oral and written reporting of a scenario and an oral interview conducted by a panel of officers from each rank. After the interview, recommendations are made by the panel on whether to hire the applicant.

Screenings & Medical

A drug screen will be conducted wherein a hair sample is taken and tested for illegal substances.

A medical examination will be conducted by a licensed physician and will include an examination to determine general good health.

Training Academy

Recruits that have not attended a Peace Officer Basic Training Academy that is approved by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) are sent to a basic training academy, if hired, for a period of 13-to-15 weeks. The most often used academies are:
  • Ohio State Patrol Training Academy
  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

Field Training

After successful graduation from the training academy, new officers are assigned to Field Training Officers (FTOs) for a period of approximately 90 days, prior to independent assignment.