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Entry Level Patrol Officer Exam

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

What you will find at the National Testing Network website:

  • Information on the application and testing process for the entry-level exam.
  • Review of all information related to the City of Lakewood police officer position, including minimum requirements, salary, and benefits.
  • Opportunities to take online practice tests.
  • Convenient scheduling. Tests are offered multiple times per week (including Saturdays) at conveniently located testing sites. COVID-19 restrictions are in place at all testing sites; testing availability may be limited. Virtual testing is also available.
  • High-quality job simulation tests administered 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 their diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, physical agility certificate, and any documentation for additional credit. Deadline to submit required documents is Monday, January 31, 2022.

Online registration to obtain the Cuyahoga Community College Physical Agility Certificate is available at https://www.tri-c.edu/workforce/public-safety/law-enforcement/index.html. Once registered, you will be contacted with your scheduled test date and time. Upcoming test dates are November 14, 2021, December 12, 2021, and January 23, 2022.  If you have questions regarding the certificate, please contact Cuyahoga Community College at 216‑987-3033.

Test scores will be forwarded to the City of Lakewood Civil Service Commission.  Candidates earning the minimum passing score of 70% and possessing a valid Cuyahoga Community College Physical Agility Certificate will be placed on the eligible list.  The City of Lakewood Civil Service Commission will contact candidates on the eligible list to invite them to continue with the selection process.

National Testing Network is a service providing entry-level testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the City of Lakewood Civil Service Commission’s authority in the testing process.

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

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 (63 in total) have led to Lakewood becoming a safer place in the last five years. Since 2007, Lakewood has seen a 42 percent decrease in crimes of violence, a 14 percent decrease in burglaries, a 45% decrease in auto thefts and 47 percent decrease in robberies. The city has 63 neighborhood block clubs — resident-driven entities helping neighbors work with police and other city departments to ensure safety and security in our community.

Watch the video below about distracted burglaries and click here for more information.

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.