AGE:  Must be at least 20 years of age at time application is filed. Must be at least 21 years old on or before the day of completion of the Dayton Police Academy. Must not have reached one’s 69th birthday by the date of original appointment to the position of Dayton Police Officer.

EDUCATION:  Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED.

LICENSE:  Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of appointment and maintain as a term and condition of continued employment.

CHARACTER: Must be able to pass an extensive background investigation including criminal history, driving record, credit history, drug use, employment history, military service record, educational transcripts, and a polygraph test conducted by the Dayton Police Department.

PHYSICAL: Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination which includes a drug screen and cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness testing.  Vision without correction must be a minimum of 20/100 in each eye. Corrected vision must be 20/40 in each eye.  Must not be color-blind.

Failure to meet designated standards will result in elimination from appointment to the Police service.


  • Any felony conviction
  • Any first degree misdemeanor conviction
  • Sexually oriented offender status
  • Suspended driver’s license at time of background interview
  • Dishonorable discharge from military service
  • Domestic violence conviction
  • Active Temporary Protective Order or Civil Protection Order

Drug history involving:

  • Use, possession, sale, distribution of any “controlled substance” or “dangerous drug”, as defined by Ohio law, three (3) years or less from the date of written examination

Any conviction for a crime involving any of the following:

  • Use of L.E.A.D.S. information in the commission of the offense
  • Theft, identity theft, fraud or forgery
  • Physical harm or threat of physical harm against a person
  • Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Use/misuse of computer or computer system


The following is a list of behaviors/histories that may also disqualify an applicant, but the final decision will be made after completion of the background investigation:

  • Lesser degree misdemeanor conviction
  • Poor driving record
  • Poor work history
  • Arrest history
  • Previous warrants
  • Non-support of Dependents
  • Less than honorable discharge from military service
  • Any behavior which demonstrates a lack of respect toward the law, or law enforcement officers
  • History of Deceptive Behavior

Qualifications and disqualifiers are listed for informational purposes only. Official job postings as authored by the Civil Service Board, Civil Service rules and regulations, and Dayton Police Department policies and procedures are the authorized sources regarding who may be hired and/or retained for service with the Dayton Police Department.