The City of Canton Police Department (CPD) is seeking individuals who wish to make a positive impact within the community they serve.  CPD desires officers who will be community oriented and encourages all to apply, with an increased emphasis on women and other minorities.  The City of Canton Police Department strives to staff our Forces with Officers that mirror the Community for which we serve.

Please help CPD achieve this goal by allowing them to reflect Canton in the best way possible. The pathway to becoming one of "Canton’s Finest" starts here!

Applications are now open until February 13th 2022 and Testing through the National Testing Network will close on February 18th, 2022. Please contact Sergeant C.M.Riley by phone at (330) 438-4441 or by email at if interested in becoming a Canton Police Officer. Please visit the City of Canton’s online job board at to view and apply for all current openings within the City of Canton.

Department Information: The Canton Police Department has approximately 170 Officers and 30 non-sworn personnel who are active in many facets of policing and are progressive in seeking the latest in technology and training to complete our mission of serving the Hall of Fame City. Our police family has the opportunities of a large city with that hometown feel.  Opportunities for movement include: Patrol Operations, Detective Bureau, K-9 operations, Community Involvement Unit, SWAT, Vice, Crime Scene Investigations, Real-Time Crime Analyst, Training Bureau, Federal Task Forces and Metro-Narcotics operations. Promotional exams are conducted as positions are vacated.  Our Officers are from all different backgrounds and in a variety of roles.  They love what they do.  You could too.

City Information: Canton, with an estimate population of 71,000, is a city in and the county seat of Stark County, Ohio, It is located approximately 60 miles south of Cleveland and 20 miles south of Akron in Northeast Ohio.


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Canton is chiefly notable for being the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the birthplace of the National Football League. 25th U.S. President William McKinley conducted the famed front porch campaign, which won him the presidency of the United States in the 1896 election, from his home in Canton.

Canton is currently experiencing an urban renaissance, anchored by its growing and thriving arts district centrally located in the downtown area. Several historic buildings have been rehabilitated and converted into upscale lofts, attracting thousands of new downtown residents into the city.

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Job Requirements

Age: 21 to 34 (No Officer will be appointed after their 35th birthday)

US Citizen: Yes (Or declared for citizenship)

High School Grad/GED: Must have a high school diploma or GED.

College: Not required but a bonus will be added to your entrance exam for Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees

Academy Certification: Not required but preference will be given to any applicant that has a current Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA certification or Peace Officer Certification from another State that is reciprocal to Ohio’s requirements. The City of Canton will pay your salary and pay for your training at the police academy if selected for hire.

Testing Bonuses for Police Officer: Ohio Peace Officer certification is 20% score bonus, Veteran bonus (Honorable Discharge) 20%, college bonus for Bachelor’s 20%, Associate’s Degree 10%. Maximum of 20% bonus for passing score. Equal Opportunity Employer

Hiring Process: After your application is complete you will receive an invite to complete the entry-level testing process through the National Testing Network. A minimum score of 62.5% for all individual portions (Video, Writing and Reading), physical agility test (non-certified applicants only), background investigation, board interview, Chief’s interview, Voice stress analysis, psychological/ personality test, physical and drug screen.

Necessary Certifications: Must have or be able to complete the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) Basic Police Training certification.
Contact Canton Civil Service for any questions @ 330.489.3360

Benefits Information: City of Canton Police Cadets and their eligible dependents become eligible for comprehensive health benefits on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment. Health benefits include hospitalization, outpatient services, prescription coverage, dental and vision coverage, and group life insurance.

All Safety Forces (Police and Fire) become members of the Ohio Police and Fire Pension (OP & F). For additional information regarding benefits, contact the Human Resources Department at (330)438-4136.

Salary: (Currently in contract negotiations and is subject to significant positive change) $39,000 - $65,256.54 + Contractual Incentives: Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Leave, Tuition Assistance, Clothing Allowance, Physical Fitness Test Pay / Compensatory Time, Ammunition Allowance, Overtime for Special Events and Court, Holiday Pay, Longevity Pay and Shift-Differential Pay