City administrators are looking to hire at least 15 additional police officers.

“Serving the residents of this city as a police officer is among the most challenging and rewarding calls to public service,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said in looking for a few good cops. “Our officers are our frontline ambassadors in the neighborhoods — providing direct assistance to residents in need and keeping our community safe. Applicants should be enthusiastic about improving the Akron community and be prepared to meet the demands of an evolving and dynamic law enforcement environment.”

Applications will be accepted online at through May 26.

Along with a valid driver’s license and high school diploma, applicants should be “enthusiastic about improving the Akron community.” Because of age restrictions applied to gun laws and the physical challenges of the job, applicants should 21 to 35 years old when a written exam is administered on June 23 and 24. Those passing the written test will be considered for initial and subsequent hiring rounds for 18 months.

Candidates must undergo a medical and psychological evaluation, physical fitness test, background investigation and polygraph examination. Preference will be given to Akron residents, honorably discharged veterans with 180 days or more active duty and those with college course completion.

After training, entry level wages increase to approximately $53,000 annually, including comprehensive medical, prescription drug, dental and vision insurance, free life insurance, paid vacation time, sick leave and 14 paid holidays.

A recruitment and informational session will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 13 at the OhioMeansJobs Center at 1040 Tallmadge Ave. More info is available by contacting the city’s human resources department at 330-375-2720 or 888-588-5417 or online at