Police Officer (Entry Level); Delaware, OH

National Testing Network

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Compensation: Prescribed by contract.  Patrol Officers start $61,500 per year and will be earning $85,700 in 3-4 years.  Shift differential, overtime, holiday, and call in pay are in addition to this base pay, as defined in the contract.

Benefits:  Excellent benefits package includes:

  • Health, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Uniforms and equipment provided/annual purchase and maintenance allowance
  • Vacation & sick leave
  • Longevity compensation
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Wellness program/Gym Reimbursement

Department: The department annually handles nearly 30,000 calls for service. In most cases, especially during non-business hours, the department is the primary resource for citizen contact regarding emergency and non-emergency needs. Consistent with the concept of community policing, the department endeavors to assist citizens in eliminating the underlying causes of crime, conflicts or safety hazards by assisting in the coordination of a concerted effort involving various branches of city government. The department provides round-the-clock service and is made up of patrol, administrative, detective, records/communications and support personnel.

City: Delaware was recently named one of Money Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Live in America in 2020! Delaware offers both history and modern vitality, and is home to Ohio Wesleyan University.  Downtown is one of the city’s most defining elements because it is a fairly intact historic business district, parts of which have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The City is located within an 11-county Central Ohio region that is one of the United States’ most dynamic and diverse metropolitan areas.  It is home to 2 million people, the state capital of Ohio, leaders in higher education and research, as well as a hotbed of entrepreneurs and high-growth companies.  More information can be found at https://jobs.delawareohio.net/police

Population: 43,000


Job Requirements


Age : Minimum age of 21 at time of appointment; age limit of 40 at time of appointment

US Citizen : Must be a United States citizen or hold a permanent resident card

High School Grad/GED : Yes

Valid OHIO State Driver’s License : Yes. Valid Ohio Driver’s License or ability to obtain an Ohio Driver’s License prior to hire date.

Ability to Read/Speak English : Yes

Vision : Vision must be correctable to 20/20 with no color blindness.

Necessary Certifications : OPOTA certification preferred but not required at the time of application.

Schooling Prior and Post Hiring : High school diploma or GED; continuing education classes/training as required.

Minimum Scoring Requirements on National Testing Network (NTN) Law Enforcement Exam :

Reading Writing *Video
70% 70% 75%

*Used to determine ranking for purposes of identifying top scoring candidates.


DISQUALIFIERS : Candidates may be disqualified or removed from the recruitment process for, but not limited to the following, at any time:

  • Inability to establish minimum requirements or qualifications
  • Failure to pass any of the assessments, tests or oral review board required for the position

Felony and Criminal Activity

  • Conviction of or admission to any crime classified as a felony under Ohio Revised Code or any other applicable state code.
  • Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude or an offense of violence.
  • Deception or fraud on application or examination.
  • Making false statements of material fact in the application, testing process or during any part of the hiring process.
  • Use, threatened use or attempt in using political influence in securing employment.


  • Conviction of, plea of “no contest,” participation in a diversion program in lieu of conviction of an OMVI or equivalent offense, or conviction which is the result of a plea bargain from an original charge of OMVI within the 36 months prior to the date of application.

Drug Use

  • Illegally selling, distributing, or manufacturing drugs, marijuana or prescriptive drugs. When determining if candidates will be disqualified under this rule, consideration will be given to whether the substance was sold with/out profit to the applicant, the amount sold was de minimus, and if the sales occurred when the applicant was a juvenile or more than five (5) years ago.
  • Using marijuana, including medically prescribed marijuana, within the previous 36 months.
  • Using prescription drugs or a legally obtained substance in a manner for which it was not intended within the previous 36 months.
  • Using a prescription drug (not including medically prescribed marijuana) in its original intended manner without the proper prescription or legal justification in the previous 12 months.
  • Any use of cocaine, crack, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines or PCP.
  • Using any other abused drug (not including the list in the previous bullet, marijuana, prescription drugs or legally obtained substances) within the last five (5) years.


  • Dismissal from public employment for just cause


  • The individual cannot be located, fails to report for an interview or other step in the selection process as directed by the Commission or Appointing Authority and/or fails to report for duty as directed by the Appointing Authority
  • The individual has tested positive on a required drug test in that the test showed the presence of a drug of abuse as defined in Sections 3719.011 of the Ohio Revised Code in a body fluid unless such substance is identified as a prescribed medication (prescribed medication does not include medically prescribed marijuana). This provision is only applicable to entry level applicants.
  • The individual has a documented pattern of poor work habits and performance with previous employers. This includes but is not limited to excessive absenteeism, poor quality of work, excessive tardiness, and inability to get along with others in a work environment or any thefts.
  • Information showing that an applicant meets all of the minimum qualifications as stated in an examination announcement must appear on the application itself. No additional information will be accepted after the application filing deadline. Failure of an applicant to indicate on his application the qualifications as to education, certification, licensing, or any other requirement shall be sufficient cause to exclude an applicant from examination. A defective or incomplete application may be corrected by the applicant, and resubmitted by the filing deadline. Certification of an individual to an eligible list who has not met all of the requirements of these rules shall not be considered a waiver of any requirements, and shall not bar removal of the applicant from an eligible list by the Appointing Authority or the Commission as a result of the failure.


Recruiting & Selection Process : The recruitment process is done pursuant to department hiring needs. Up to the top 60 scorers, who have met the passing test scores on the NTN exam, will be notified via e-mail how and when to complete the following steps:

  • Employment Application
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Background Self Report
  • Panel Interview
  • Eligible List certified by Civil Service– the Eligible List is ranked on the combination of the written NTN test score (50%) and oral panel interview score (50%) plus additional points awarded for Certified Police Officer Status in or outside Ohio, college degree and military service. Candidates remain on the Eligible List for one-year from date of certification.
  • Post-certification steps include:
    • Background Questionnaire & Waiver
    • Background Investigation
    • Law Enforcement Index and Emotional Intelligence Index Polygraph
    • Interview with the Police Chief and City Manager
    • Once a conditional offer for hire has been made, candidates must successfully complete a psychological evaluation, physical and drug screening.