Recruiting

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Striving to Achieve New Heights in Law Enforcement.

For any open positions with the Bowling Green Police Division, visit the City of Bowling Green Personnel Department Website.

Begin today to better your position in life and secure your future by joining one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the State of Ohio. The Bowling Green Police Division offers capable men and women the opportunity to make the City of Bowling Green a safer community by providing efficient, effective services to its residents, businesses, and visiting neighbors.

By meeting the challenge of your position as a police officer, you will enhance a positive image of police officers and learn to handle people diplomatically and compassionately. You will learn to respond to emergencies quickly and calmly, offering support and stability to those in need.

Come meet the challenge and test your physical and mental endurance while protecting and serving a community that will put all of their confidence in you.

Starting Salary and Benefits

The starting salary of a Bowling Green Police Officer compares favorably with those offered in business or industry. Police Officers receive shift differential pay, paid vacation, holiday pay, and opportunity for compensatory time. After one year of service an officer earns 13 days of annual vacation which increases at set intervals based upon years of service.

Upon regular retirement at a minimum age of forty-eight (48), officers will receive a pension of 50 to 72 percent of their average salary over the highest three-year period, depending upon years of service. Also, officers may elect to receive reduced retirement benefits beginning at age forty-eight (48).

Additional Benefits

Group Hospitalization and Medical Insurance, Optional Dental Coverage Package, Group Life Insurance, Workers Compensation Protection, Occupational Injury Leave, Tuition Reimbursement Program, Pre-taxed Flexible Benefits Plan.

Additional Features and Assignments

Indoor Firing Range, Modern Exercise Equipment, Bicycle Patrol, Computerized Operations and Equipment, Annual Clothing Allowance, Special Response Team, Computer Forensics, Investigations, Instructor Certifications

Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following requirements: Be a United States Citizen, Minimum age at time of appointment is 21 years, Possession of a valid Ohio drivers license at time of appointment, Possession of an Associates Degree or equivalent college credit hours, Visual acuity must be uncorrected within reasonable limits and correctable to 20/20 and vision must be free of color deficiencies, Must be physically capable to successfully perform the job duties of a Police Officer, Pass a written test, Pass a psychological evaluation

In accordance with Section 124.41 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) applicants must be 21 years of age and must not have reached their 35th birthday by the date of original appointment as a Police Officer. (These age maximums are permitted by the Public Safety Exemption to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act restored in the Omnibus Appropriations Act (P.L. 104-208).)

Furthermore, the City’s Civil Service Commission has established a rule requiring applicants for the position of entry-level police officer to have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree or the completion of at least 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours towards a Bachelor’s Degree at an accredited college or university in order to participate in the examination process. An applicant must provide written verification of this educational achievement at the time of application.

In accordance with Section 124.23(B) of the Ohio Revised Code, Ohio residents who have been honorably discharged from active duty in the armed forces of the United States or transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service are eligible to receive an additional credit of 20% of the examination in which a passing score is obtained. Proof (i.e., copy of DD-214, which must show the type of discharge) must be submitted with the application. No credit is given, if proof is submitted after the examination date. Additional information will be supplied at time of application.

Upon successful completion of the above requirements, a Bowling Green Police Officer will conduct a complete and thorough investigation of your background to determine your suitability for employment as a Police Officer.

The following occurrences in your background could result in rejection of your application: Felony Conviction, Conviction for drug related violations or current use of illegal substances, Current abuse of alcohol, Anti-social behavior, Poor work record, Poor driving record, Numerous debts which are not being paid regularly

Applicants must complete a physical examination to include a drug screening.

Training

Bowling Green Police Officers must be certified as peace officers through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council, and as such must complete or have completed a Peace Officer Basic Training Course as prescribed by that body, at the discretion of the Chief of Police.

Recruits will undergo comprehensive training in all areas of law enforcement including but not limited to the following: Ohio Laws, statutes, and ordinances, Arrest techniques, Traffic crash investigation, Human relations, Firearms and ballistics, Weapons retention, Narcotics and Vice, Physical training, Defensive driving, Patrol techniques

At the end of the academy training, the recruit must successfully complete the Ohio State Peace Officers Certification test and must satisfactory pass the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s physical fitness program.

Training Part 2

Following a successful completion of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy program, the recruit graduates to become a commissioned officer and begins twelve (12) weeks of on-the-job training. He/She will be assigned a Field Training Officer who will guide the recruit toward the successful completion of the Field Training Program. During this period, the recruit will be trained and tested over areas necessary for the recruit to proceed on his/her own after the program is concluded.

City of Bowling Green is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Additional information about Salary and Benefits can be found in the contract between the BGPPA and the City of Bowling Green at The City of Bowling Green Personnel page.

Questions

Any questions not answered by reviewing the preceding information can be directed to the City of Bowling Green Personnel Department at 419-354-6200, or BGPersonnel@bgohio.org or to one of the Bowling Green Police Division Recruiters listed below:

Patrolman Ryan Tackett     rtackett@bgohio.org     419-352-2571

Patrolman Gordon Finger     gfinger@bgohio.org     419-352-2571

Patrolman Brian Crites     bcrites@bgohio.org           419-352-2571

Patrolman Jessica McClure-Weis  jmcclure@bgohio.org  419-352-2571

Lieutenant Dan Mancuso     dmancuso@bgohio.org     419-352-2571