Public Safety Careers

Police Employment Inquiries: 216.623.3327 or 216.623.5135
Police Employment Interest Form

Firefighter Employment Inquiries: 216.664.6388

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

JOB OPENING: Experienced professional to investigate complaints of misconduct

The Office of Professional Standards investigates complaints of police misconduct for the Civilian Police Review Board. There is currently an opening for an experienced professional to conduct these investigations. Applicants must have at least five years full time investigative experience, a Bachelor’s Degree, and must be able to become LEADS certified. Diversity training is preferred. Applications for the position are available for pick up and return until 4:30 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in the Office of the Civil Service Commission, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 119, Cleveland. Civil Service Announcement>>

Police Positions

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

Public Safety Careers: EMS

Interested candidates can call EMS Headquarters 216.664.6009 or email and leave their contact information (first name, last name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and certifications pertaining to emergency medicine). Once their information is entered into a database, the candidate will receive a correspondence regarding job opportunities. Below is a more detailed description regarding job opportunities within the Division of Emergency Medical Service.

Emergency Medical Technician

Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED is required. A valid State of Ohio driver’s license with less than 6 points is required and must be maintained throughout employment. Must possess the State of Ohio EMT-Basic (or higher) certification. If the candidate is currently an EMT-Basic, they must become an EMT-Paramedic within three years of their date of hire and pass the Divisional Protocol Exam. The candidate must maintain that status throughout employment. Strong written and verbal communication skills, strong problem solving skills, must be able to adapt to a wide variety of environmental conditions.

The candidate must be able to lift at least 100 lbs. and meet the physical demands of the position.

Summary of Position: Under general supervision, transports sick and injured persons by ambulance to specified locations. Responds to 911 ambulance calls and operates an emergency vehicle in an appropriate and safe manner in accord with the State and local laws. Administers pre-hospital care treatment within the limits defined by law within the Division of Emergency Medical Service and the State of Ohio. Completes patient care reports and related documentation thoroughly, complying with all billing requirements as set forth by providers and the City of Cleveland. Conducts equipment and supply inventories on vehicles while also maintaining routine daily vehicle inspection. Follows all policy and procedures according to the City of Cleveland and the Division of Emergency Medical Service. Demonstrates competency in EMT/Paramedic knowledge. Attends and participates in operations and safety training classes when scheduled and demonstrates competence in protocols, skills and the standard of care set forth by the Division of Emergency Medical Service. Performs other related duties as may be assigned or required to meet emergency situations. Follows all operations and safety policies and safe work practices. Attend and participates in operations and safety training classes and demonstrates competence. Wears and properly utilizes safety equipment in accordance with Divisional policy at all times. Any candidate must be able to work well under pressure in stressful situations. There is a six month probationary period (no secondary employment is allowed during this period). EMT/EMT-Paramedics work rotating shifts, nights, weekends and holidays; this is a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week emergency service. All employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

Where to Apply:
Division of Emergency Medical Service
Attn: Sergeant Gwen McCue
1701 Lakeside Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

(Applicants must submit a resume along with the application for employment)

Emergency Medical Dispatcher

Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED is required. Must have a basic working knowledge of computers. Must be able to type at least 35 wpm. Must be able to lift and carry 30 lbs.

Summary of Position: An Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) is responsible for answering 911 emergency medical telephone calls and using the Computer Aided Dispatching System along with ProQA call prioritizing software. Additionally, the candidate will be able to operate Emergency Medical Service divisional computer and radio equipment to dispatch the ambulances to calls on completion of the EMD training program. The candidate will perform other duties as assigned or required to meet emergency situations. Any candidate must be able to work well under pressure in stressful situations. There is a six month probationary period (no secondary employment is allowed during this period). All employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

Where to Apply:
Department of Personnel and Human Resources
601 Lakeside Avenue - Room 121
Cleveland, OH 44114

(Applicants must submit a resume along with the application for employment)

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

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.