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Recruiting Unit 1120 Morse Rd.  
Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 645-4642          
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Minimum Qualifications

Please note the standards below...

  1. Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.

  2. Must be at least 20 years old to apply.

  3. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

  4. Must be a U.S. citizen (permanent residency is not accepted).
Automatic Disqualifiers

  1. Tried or purchased marijuana in the past 12 months.

  2. Tried or purchased any other illegal drug(s) in the last 3 years (EXCEPT Marijuana).

  3. Been convicted while operating a motor vehicle (OVI, DUI, or OMVI) while under the influence of alcohol or drugs within the last five (5) years.

  4. As an adult 18 or older:

    • Been convicted of a felony offense(s) (Does not apply to misdemeanors (M1 - M4)).

    • Verified, admitted or convicted of domestic violence within the last ten (10) years.

    • Intentional violation of any protection order or temporary restraining order within seven (7) years.

    • Non-compliance with court ordered child support, alimony or other financial responsibility within the preceding five (5) years.

    • Received four (4) or more moving violations in the past three (3) years (Excluding parking tickets or seat belt violations).

      Note: For a complete list of disqualifiers please read the entire  Background Removal Standards for Police Officers and Police Communication Technicians provided by The City of Columbus Civil Service Commission.