Patrol Officer Civil Service Test Announcement




The City of Wadsworth is announcing a civil service examination for the position of Police Patrol Officer.

Minimum Qualifications for Employment:

No person shall be eligible to receive an original appointment as a Police Officer, unless the person has reached the age of twenty-one (21) or has not exceeded the age of thirty-five (35). Please note that the appointment process may take several months from the date of the exam to the final date of appointment to the position.

An applicant shall meet or posses all of the following qualifications to be eligible for an appointment:

1. Citizen of theUnited States

2. High school diploma or equivalent

3. Valid motor vehicle operator’s license

4. A driving record that qualifies the candidate to be insurable and to remain insurable under the city’s vehicle insurance policy and have an acceptable driving record as deemed by the City ofWadsworth

5. Favorable employment history

6. Criminal record free of felony convictions or other crimes of aggression or violence

Qualifying Applicants:

An applicant must achieve a minimum passing score on the civil service examination to qualify for employment. Following the examination, the highest scoring applicants will be invited to participate in an oral interview. Applicants who perform well in the interview process and who warrant further consideration at the City’s discretion shall also be required to successfully complete all of the following procedures prior to receiving a final appointment:

Ø Thorough Criminal Background Check and Employment Reference Checks

Ø Polygraph Examination

Ø Psychological Evaluation

Ø Physical Agility Test

Ø Physical Examination

Ø Drug Screening

Physical Agility Requirements: An applicant must successfully complete the physical agility requirements to be considered for a final appointment to the position of Police Officer. The successful applicant would also be expected to complete the physical agility requirements on an annual basis as a condition of continued employment.

OPOTA Physical Fitness Standards

Age and Gender Minimum Scores

Males (29 and under)

Females (29 and under)

Sit-ups (1 Minute)



Push-ups (1 Minute)



1.5 Mile Run



Males (30 - 39)

Females (30 - 39)

Sit-ups (1 Minute)



Push-ups (1 Minute)



1.5 Mile Run



Special Credits:

1. Military Credit An applicant who is an Ohio resident who submits a DD-214 with the application for the civil service examination shall receive a twenty percent (20%) credit added to a passing score. The DD-214 must reflect military service of 180 consecutive days or more with an honorable discharge. No military credit will be added unless the applicant achieves a minimum passing score on the examination.

IMPORTANT: To receive military extra credit, a copy of the DD-214 must be submitted at the time of application.

2. OPOTA Certification An applicant who holds a current Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certification at the time of the examination shall receive additional credit of ten (10) percent, provided the candidate achieves a minimum passing score.

IMPORTANT: To receive extra credit for OPOTA certification, documentation must be submitted at the time of application.

3. Education Credit An applicant shall receive additional credit for possession of educational achievements as listed below, provided the applicant achieves a minimum passing score.

Four (4) Year Bachelor’s Degree = Twenty percent (20%)

Two (2) Year Associates Degree = Ten percent (10%)

IMPORTANT: To receive extra credit for education, a copy of the degree(s) must be submitted at the time of application.

4. Limitations of Extra Credit The combination of all special credits added to a candidate’s minimum passing score shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the total grade attainable.

Extra credit shall not be awarded to any candidate who submits evidence after the time of the application and acceptance of the application fee.

Compensation and Benefits: The City offers excellent benefits to include generous accrued leave (e.g., sick, vacation, holiday), longevity pay, uniform allowance, comprehensive health insurance including medical, prescription and dental coverage and participation in the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund (OP & F).

The wage rate for this position is determined by the collective bargaining agreement between the City ofWadsworthand the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. The current contract is set to expire at the end of 2012.

The current hourly rate for new hires in calendar year 2012 is $23.89. There will be a wage increase following the successful completion of a one (1) year probationary period. However, rate of pay following the probationary period and any other potential wage adjustments are subject to the provision of the new collective bargaining agreement which has yet to be finalized for 2013 and beyond.

Applications for the Examination:

The application for the civil service examination must be completed on site, in person at the following location:

Human Resources Office

WadsworthCity Hall, 2nd Floor

120 Maple Street

Wadsworth,OH 44281

Application Period:

Examination applications will only be accepted in person on business days, Monday through Friday,8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.between the following dates:

Beginning Date: Monday, August 27, 2012

Deadline Date: Friday, September 7, 2012

PLEASE NOTE: City Hall will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 3, 2012. Applications will not be accepted on this date.

Application Fee:

An applicant will be required to pay a non-refundable, filing fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) at the time of the application. We will only accept cash, money order or personal check. Personal checks should be made payable to the “City ofWadsworth.”

Study Guide:

There is no study guide for this examination.

Testing Information:

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Time: Test registration begins at5:30 p.m.

Testing begins promptly at6:00 p.m.

Please Note: An applicant who arrives after the beginning of the test will not be permitted into the exam.

Location: Northside Christian Church (enter through the south entrance only)

7615 Ridge Road

Wadsworth,OH 44281

Fellowship Hall

Photo I.D.: All applicants must present photo identification at the time of

registration for the examination. An applicant without photo

identification will not be permitted to take the exam.

What to Bring: Other than proper identification, you will not need to bring anything

else. Testing materials and writing utensils will be provided.

Additional Information:

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Each candidate will be notified in writing concerning his/her test score and ranking on the civil service eligibility list. A candidate who is selected for an oral interview will be notified by telephone within three (3) weeks following the date of the examination. Candidates not selected for an interview will be notified by mail of their status.