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. The results of a written, validated examination will determine the eligibility list.

Additional points are awarded when:
  • Those applicants who have at least 180 days active military service with Honorable Discharge will be granted an additional 5 points.
  • Applicants who are Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certified will receive 5 extra points towards his/her exam score.
  • Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor's Degree will receive an extra credit of 5 percent of their exam score.
  • Applicants who claim Spanish speaking proficiency must submit a written request to undergo further testing. You must provide some indication as to the level of proficiency with which you claim to speak Spanish. Applicants who score in the intermediate high level or above will receive a 5% credit added to his/her exam score.
The maximum amount of credit for the exam is 20 points.

Ranking on the eligibility list is based upon the written examination score.

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 (requirements are based upon the national 50th percentile for gender and age group.)


  • 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 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 for general good health.

Training Academy

Recruits are sent to a basic training academy, if hired, for a period of 13 to 15 weeks. The most often used academies are the:
  • Ohio State Patrol Training Academy
  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)
  • Butler County Police Academy
  • Butler Tech Peace Officer Training Academy

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.