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Fairlawn Police Department Recruitment
Police Officer Recruitment

Recruitment and Selection Policy


In accordance with applicable federal, state and local law, the Fairlawn Police Department provides equal opportunities for applicants and employees, regardless of race, gender expression, age, pregnancy, religion, creed, color, nationality, ancestry, physical or mental handicap, genetic information, veteran status, marital status or any protected class or status. The Fairlawn Police Department does not show partiality or grant any special status to any applicant, employee, or group of employees unless otherwise required by law.

As required by the State of Ohio, the goal of the Fairlawn Police Department is to recruit and hire qualified individuals who demonstrate a commitment to service and who possess the traits and characteristics that reflect personal integrity and high ethical standards.

Minimum Qualifications for Application

(a) Graduation from an accredited high school or (G.E.D.)
(b) Citizen of the United States of America
(c) Possess a current OPOTA certification by the State of Ohio as a Peace Officer
(d) Have a current valid Ohio Drivers License with acceptable driving record.


Applicant Selection Process

The Fairlawn Police Department actively strives to identify a diverse group of candidates that have in some manner, distinguished themselves as being outstanding prospects. Minimally, our department utilizes a comprehensive testing, screening, background and selection process which assesses cognitive and physical abilities in candidates. As an applicant, you will take part in the following:

  • Civil Service Test
  • Preliminary Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Medical Examination


Interested in becoming a member of the Fairlawn Police Department?

Complete the application provided below and return to the Fairlawn Police Department twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Employment Application