Notice of Civil Service Exam Police Officer
(CURRENT O.P.O.T.A CERTIFICATION WITH 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE)
The City of Bowling Green is accepting applications from November 8, 2021 through January 5, 2022 for the classification of Police Officer. Candidates must possess a current O.P.O.T.A. certificate with two years of law enforcement experience at a similar size agency or larger. Candidates must take and pass a written examination through the National Testing Network (NTN) and a physical ability test through the City prior to the deadline in order to be eligible for consideration for hire. Candidates are responsible for registering for the NTN examination prior to the deadline and for paying any associated fees/costs. Link to NTN: www.nationaltestingnetwork.com. Important information relating to the application, hiring, and testing requirements is available online at https://www.bgohio.org/245/RecruitingHiring---Application-Process. Information is provided below regarding educational requirements, veteran's credit, age requirements, and the City's application requirements.
An Associate Degree or the completion of at least 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours toward a Bachelor's Degree, is required. Proof of education is required at the time of application. The post-secondary education must be obtained from an accredited college or university. (Hours must be eligible for transfer to Bowling Green State University.)
In accordance with Section 124.41 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and City Ordinance no person shall be eligible to receive an original appointment as a police officer, unless the person has reached the age of twenty-one (21) and has not yet reached the age of thirty-five (35). (The age restriction is permitted by the Public Safety Exemption to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (29 U.S. Code 623 (j)).
The City's Charter provides for an additional credit of 10% of a passing test score for honorably discharged veterans. A candidate's Form DD214 denoting an honorable discharge must be submitted at the time of application in order to be eligible for the veteran's credit.
All new Police Officers serve a one-year probationary period. The current pay scale is $29.21 to $34.62/hour. Starting base hourly rate is $29.21, as outlined in the OPBA contract. Pursuant to the current union contract police officers hired with prior experience may, at the City's discretion, be placed anywhere within the appropriate pay grade. Promotional opportunities for officers hired from this exam will require 5 years of service with the Bowling Green Police Division, as outline in the OPBA contract. The union contract can be reviewed on line at https://www.bgohio.org/DocumentCenter/View/314/Bowling-Green-Police-Patrolmans-Association-OPBA-PDF