The Lancaster Police Department is seeking qualified candidates for the position of police officer. The Lancaster Civil Service Commission offers entry-level police officer examinations on an annual basis. To be notified of the next testing date, please contact the police administrative secretary at 740-687-6680, ext. 500 and request a test date notification form. Women and minorities are urged to apply.

The successful candidate will have:
  • Reached the age of twenty 1 by the time of appointment
  • Graduated from a standard senior high school or its equivalent
  • An honorable discharge, if a veteran of the armed services
  • A valid Ohio driver's license
  • Attained United States citizenship 20/20 Vision or corrected to 20/20, in each eye. Depth and color perception must be normal
Candidates must be able to pass the following:
  • A comprehensive background investigation
  • A polygraph examination
  • A psychological assessment
  • A drug screening
  • A medical and physical fitness examination
  • A credit history inquiry A criminal records check
The department offers a lateral entry program for current Ohio certified peace officers. Full time law enforcement officers from similar jurisdictions may receive seniority credit towards salary step increases and other advanced benefits. Similar benefits may be granted to out of state certified officers, depending on circumstances.

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Low cost insurance
  • Annual uniform allowance
  • Attractive retirement plan
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 40 hours personal leave
  • 80 hours vacation leave
  • Compensatory time or overtime pay
  • 3 hour minimum compensation for court appearances and call in
  • Special duty details
  • Promotional opportunities through competitive examination
  • Assignment to special units