Become an Ohio University Police Officer!

**We are not currently accepting applications.  We typically accept applications in March/April each year, with written and physical fitness testing in May/June.**



There are many benefits to becoming an Ohio University Police Officer:

  • WAGES AND LATERAL TRANSFER (Effective July 1, 2015)
    • Top pay for officers is $29.97 per hour ($62,338 per year base)
    • Officers earn an additional 1% per hour for having an associate's degree and 2% per hour for having a bachelor's degree or higher
    • New employees who do not have an OPOTA commission earn $20.18 per hour while in the academy.  Upon graduation from the academy, new officer starting pay is $23.74 per hour ($49,379 per year base)
    • New officers with OUPD who have prior law enforcement experience may be eligible for advanced placement in the wage steps upon intial hire (up to Wage Pay Step 4 - $28.27 per hour) and are also exempt from the physical fitness testing component (current and valid OPOTC certification required for exemption).


    • All newly hired officers are issued 5 new full uniforms to include duty gear and equipment
    • Quartermaster system for uniforms and equipment - old or damaged items are replaced as necessary at the department's expense.


    • Officers immediately begin earning vacation time at a rate of 2 weeks per year
    • At 5 years of service, officers earn 3 weeks of vacation per year
    • At 10 years of service, officers earn 4 weeks of vacation per year
    • At 20 years of service, officers earn 5 weeks of vacation per year


    • Officers have 11 paid holidays throughout the year, one of which is the officer's birthday as a floating holiday.


    • Once an officer has completed his/her probationary period, she or he is elligible for assignments such as:
      • Bicycle Officer
      • Field Training Officer
      • Detective
      • Narcotics Detective
      • Explosive Detection Canine Handler
      • Evidence Room Manager
      • Crime Scene Investigator
      • OPOTA Instructor
      • Less Lethal Instructor (Taser, OC Spray, baton, etc)
      • RADAR Instructor
      • Firearms Instructor
      • Other training opportunities as available


    • Officers contribute to the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System - Law Enforcement (OPERS-LE).  Contributions to the plan are tax-deferred and deducted automatically each pay period.


    • Free tuition (with the exception of general fees) at Ohio University and Hocking College
    • Free tuition for the employee's spouse or domestic partner and dependent children at Ohio University


    • Officers are provided basic life insurance at no charge.  In the case of an officer's death, your beneficiary will receive two and one half times your salary, up to $50,000.
    • Officers may buy additional life insurance at a low group rate.


    • Ohio University offers a PPO medical plan administered by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
    • Vision coverage is administered by Vision Service Plan (VSP) and varies depending on employment type.
    • Dental plan
    • Optional orthodontia plan

QUESTIONS? Contact Lt. Eric Hoskinson at (740) 593-1911 or

For a full listing and explanation of Ohio University benefits, please visit the Human Resources Benefits page.

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