Public Safety Careers

The City of Cleveland only accepts applications for current job openings and current testing announcements. To be notified of future openings, applicants can click on “Jobs Interest” , and select areas of interest. An e-mail will be sent automatically, when new jobs are posted.

Public Notice: Examination for Patrol Officer Eligibility List Posted

The Civil Service Commission of Cleveland, Ohio has posted information regarding an open competitive examination for Patrol Officer (Lateral) positions. Application may be made electronically or by submitting a paper application in person in the offices of the Civil Service Commission utilizing designated forms. -More

City of Cleveland Public Safety Careers

Benefits Include:

  • Health, Eye, Dental, and Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation (after 1 year of service)
  • Paid holidays: 9/year plus 2 personal holidays/year
  • Paid Sick Days
  • Annual Longevity Bonus (after 5 years of service)
  • Generous Retirement Package
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Uniform Allowances

Police Employment Inquiries: 216.623.3327 or 216.623.5135

Selection Process: Upon passing the City of Cleveland Civil Service written examination, the top scorers will be contacted to take a physical agility test. Upon passing, they may move on to the selection process. Applicants must then:

  • Complete Personal History questionnaires
  • Be interviewed, photographed and fingerprinted
  • Complete waivers authorizing extensive background investigations
  • Pass a medical examination
  • Undergo a psychological/psychiatric evaluation, including taking the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) assessment.

Police Academy: Upon successful completion of the selection process, applicants may be appointed to a Police Academy Class. Those that do will embark on an intensive course of classroom and field study for approximately 6 months. To remain in training, Cadets must:

  • Maintain a grade of 70% or higher
  • Pass a State of Ohio written examination, firearms examination and physical examination

The City of Cleveland only accepts applications for current job openings and current testing announcements. To be notified of future openings, applicants can click on “Jobs Interest” , and select areas of interest. An e-mail will be sent automatically, when new jobs are posted.

The Cleveland Division of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services is a proud member of the Firefighter Diversity Recruitment Council and values the diversity of candidates in all recruitment efforts.

Firefighter Positions

Employment Inquiries: 216.664.6388 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - Send Email

What it Means to be a Firefighter
Fire Recruitment Poster

During duty hours firefighters must be prepared to respond to any emergency. Between alarms, fire station activities include training sessions, pre-fire planning, house-watch, and physical fitness training. They live and work closely together under stress and danger, so firefighters develop dependability and reliance on each other, and those considering this career should work well in group environment. Applicants must:

  • be eighteen years of age at the time of the test and under the age of 40 at the time of appointment to the Academy
  • have proof of accredited High School Diplomas/GED’s
  • be US citizens
  • possess valid Ohio drivers licenses
  • apply to take the entrance examination during the identified filing period

Selection Process: Applicants must qualify in a series of competitive examinations before they are eligible for appointment which includes:

  • written examination to measure reading and math skills and the ability to recall factual materials and make judgments based on reasoning skills
  • physical agility test consisting of evolutions that simulate firefighting activities using actual firefighting equipment
  • thorough medical examination
  • thorough criminal history and background check
  • written psychological examinations and evaluations

Bona-fide residents of the City of Cleveland will receive additional points with a passing score of 70 percent or better. Veterans with proof of an honorable discharge (DD-214) will receive additional points with a passing score of 70 percent or better.

Firefighter Training

Once appointed as a Cadet Firefighter each successful applicant must complete an apprenticeship program and probationary period and maintain a satisfactory on-the-job rating. Apprenticeship program includes:

  • Certification by the National registry and State of Ohio as an EMT
  • Certification by the State of Ohio as a Structural Firefighter

The initial emergency medical technician and firefighter training lasts 18 weeks, during which compensation is $10.50/hour. Upon completion of the Academy, each cadet is entered into a four year apprenticeship program. The remainder of the apprenticeship occurs in the field as cadets are assigned to an Engine Company, Hook & Ladder, or Rescue Squad. The company officers continue close monitoring and instruction for the cadet and upon successful completion of the four year program, the apprentice firefighter becomes a journeyman firefighter.

Opportunities for Advancement

A firefighter may advance through continued education and testing, and after several years of service may become eligible for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. The line of further promotion is Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and finally Chief of the Division. Advancement is determined by a candidate's position on a list which ranks firefighters through use of a competitive exam.


  • Annual Salary of $45,904 upon graduation of the Fire Training Academy
  • Annual Salary of $53,890 upon completion of the 4 years apprenticeship

For additional information email

Division of Correction Careers

A career in the Division of Correction offers steady employment with an opportunity for advancement.

Correction Officers provide a safe and secure environment for a diverse population in the Cleveland City Jail and the Cleveland House of Correction. Their duties may include:

  • transporting, clothing, and feeding inmates, 
  • monitoring housing units,
  • ensuring social service contacts, and
  • perimeter security.

Training and experience provided by the Cleveland Division of Correction is comprehensive and allows candidates to learn a variety of skills they will carry with them throughout their lives.

The Division of Correction also employs nurses and social workers as well as food service, clerical, maintenance, and recreation staff.


  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Uniform Allotment
  • Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS)
  • Credit Union
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.


  • Valid State of Ohio driver’s license
  • Computer proficient
  • Able to lift and carry a minimum of 40 lbs
  • Must obtain Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (O.P.O.T.A.) Correctional Officer’s certification within one year of date of hire.
  • Must complete approved firearm training and qualify within one year of date of hire.