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Lakewood Accepting Applications for Entry Level Police Officer Positions

The Lakewood Civil Service Commission is conducting an examination for Entry-Level Patrol Officer through the National Testing Network. Go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, click on Law Enforcement > Ohio > City of Lakewood.

What to expect at the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:

  • Completion of the application process.
  • Review all information related to the City of Lakewood police officer position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for the entry level test.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests.
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays at a testing site convenient for you. NTN now offers virtual testing. If you would like to test virtually, you will need to check that option when scheduling your exam.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.

Applicants are required to complete the exam, personal history questionnaire (PHQ) and work attitudes questionnaire (WAQ), as well as upload copies of their high school diploma or GED, valid driver’s license, and any documentation needed for military, college, employment, or residency credits. Deadline to complete the examination and submit required documents is Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Upon completion of the entry level exam the candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the City of Lakewood Civil Service Commission.  Candidates who attain a minimum passing score of 70% or more on the entry level exam will be placed on the eligible list.  The City of Lakewood Civil Service Commission will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to continue to participate in other stages of the department selection process.

National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the City of Lakewood’s Civil Service Commission responsibility and decision making in the testing process.  For further information about the examination process, please contact the City of Lakewood Civil Service Commission at (216) 529-6040 or civilservice@lakewoodoh.net.

Additionally, the City of Lakewood is accepting applications for Lateral Entry Patrol Officer.  Applicants must have been employed as a police officer in the State of Ohio AND have been previously hired as part of a competitive civil service examination.  Go to https://www.lakewoodoh.gov/human-resources/ for more information on lateral entry and to apply directly for this position.

Salary: $63,769.73 current annual salary plus benefits.

The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Lakewood Accepting Applications for Lateral Entry Level Police Officer Positions

The City of Lakewood is accepting applications for an entry level Police Officer position. This appointment is being made through a lateral entry process open to candidates who are currently Police Officers or who have been employed as Police Officers in the State of Ohio within the past year.

Qualified candidates must provide proof of current or past appointment through a competitive Civil Service examination process.

To apply, candidates must:

    • Complete an application for employment,
    • Show proof of High School Diploma or GED,
    • Have a valid Ohio Driver’s license with a good driving record (six or more violation points may be disqualifying),
    • Provide proof of OPOTC Certification

To be considered, applicants must:

    • Have current or previous peace officer employment as a result of a civil service examination process,
    • Have no more than a one year break in service from previous employment as a peace officer,
    • Possess adequate physical ability to perform all duties and utilize all issued equipment,
    • Be United States Citizens or must have legally declared their intention of becoming a United States Citizen,
    • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment, and
    • Have the requisite health and requisite mental and physical fitness, ability, and capacity necessary to perform all the established and anticipated tasks and duties.
      • Extensive medical and mental testing including drug testing, as well as an extensive Police background check with polygraph will be conducted.  Candidates must also complete a physical agility examination to be conducted at the Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy or similar examination site after a conditional offer is extended.

Starting salary: $63,769.73 – $73,834.96, based on prior experience, plus benefits, including:

  • Competitive health insurance plan
  • 120 annual holiday hours that be used as time off or pay in addition to vacation
  • Annual $1,900 firearms proficiency/body worn camera bonus
  • Annual $1,000 uniform allowance

Qualified candidates must apply on-line at the City of Lakewood website (https://www.lakewoodoh.gov/human-resources/) or applications may be printed and submitted via e-mail to:


Or via USPS mail to:
City of Lakewood
Department of Human Resources
12650 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
Attn: Police

The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Employees in the Lakewood Police Department preserve the peace, protect life and property, prevent crimes, apprehend criminals, recover lost and stolen property, and

enforce, in a fair and impartial manner, the ordinances of the City of Lakewood and the laws of the State of Ohio and the United States of America.

Staying safe

By the numbers, excellent safety services, along with engaged participation from residents and neighborhood block clubs, have led to Lakewood becoming a safer place in the last five years. From 2017 to 2021, Lakewood has seen a 24 percent decrease in violent crime, a 29 percent decrease in auto thefts, and a 12 percent decrease in robberies.

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Important information on how to avoid being the victim of a carjacking

Curious about a police call, incident or report, please contact the Lakewood Police Department at (216) 521-6773 or email police@lakewoodoh.net.  Police@lakewoodoh.net is not monitored 24/7, please use the above phone number if an immediate response is required.