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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 740-687-6688 ext 7 and request a test date notification form. The City of Lancaster is an equal opportunity employer.

The successful candidate will have:
Reached the age of twenty one 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:
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
Ten paid holidays
Forty hours personal leave
Eighty hours vacation leave
Compensatory time or overtime pay
Two hour minimum compensation for court appearances and call in
Special duty details
Promotional opportunities through competitive examination
Assignment to special units
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