Ohio University accepts applications for Police Officer vacancies on an annual basis, typically beginning in December or January.

Persons interested in applying should check the Ohio University Human Resources website for openings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must possess current Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certificate OR successfully complete basic academy and obtain certification after the appointment after the appointment.
  • High School diploma or equivalency
  • Must possess basic skills of reading, writing, and math competencies
  • Valid driver's license
  • Minimum of 21 years of age at the time of appointment and successfully complete a written examination to be eligible for additional consideration
  • Applicants that do not possess a current OPOTA certificate must also successfully complete a physical fitness examination to be eligible for additional consideration.
  • Finalists must undergo a psychological assessment, a truth verification interview, and a comprehensive background investigation
  • Successful applicants must meet Occupational Health Medical standards for the position and classification
  • In an effort to make the process of awarding positions more efficient, all offers must be accepted/declined by the end of the next business day following the offer.
  • Candidates may contact management during the posting period to tour the work area and ask questions regarding the expectations of the position.

Job Description

Under general supervision, patrols grounds and buildings to protect lives and property, prevent crimes and enforce laws, and investigate crimes. Carries firearms and makes arrests and testifies in court. Makes police presentations to groups and organizations.

Hiring Process

  1. Online application through www.ohiouniversityjobs.com
  2. Physical Fitness Exam (applicants with current and valid OPOTA certificate are exempt from this step)
  3. Written test
  4. Oral Board Interview (Typical board consists of a Lieutenant, Detective, and Field Training Officer)
  5. 2nd Oral Board Interview (Typical board consists of the Chief of Police, Ops. Capt., and P&L Capt.)
  6. Community Panel Interview (Community stakeholders)
  7. Comprehensive Background Investigation, including polygraph testing
  8. Conditional Offer of Employment
  9. Psychological Screening
  10. Medical Physical
  11. Final Offer of Employment

OUPD Physical Fitness Exam Standards (PDF)