The City of Wooster is located in central Wayne County.  Wooster is situated approximately 95 miles north of Columbus and 60 miles south of Cleveland.  With a population of approximately 26,000 people, it offers an attractive mix of both country and city lifestyles.
Wooster is unique in the fact that it has two colleges,  The College of Wooster and the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute, within its city limits.  Other resources, make Wooster a desirable place to live and work.  World-class health care is offered by the Cleveland Clinic and Wooster Community Hospital.  Thomson Reuters Health Care voted Wooster Community Hospital one of the Nation's top 100 hospitals in 2007 and 2008.  These commendations all contributed to the City of Wooster being voted one of Ohio's Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine.

 These organizations will provide you with useful information about Wooster and the surrounding area:
City of Wooster, (330)263-5200;
Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, phone (330)264-1800;
Wooster Chamber of Commerce, phone (330)262-5735; 
Main Street Wooster, phone (330)262-2222;
There are many different career paths you can pursue in the Wooster Police Department.  Embedded in the Department are several specialty areas, including S.W.A.T., K9, Bike Patrol, School Resource Officer, Honor Guard, Firearms Instructor, Hostage Negotiator, Field Training Officer, and Detective.

Click below to view the City of Wooster Police Department Recruitment Video
The Wooster Police Department offers excellent compensation and benefits:
  • Police Officer entry pay = $19.68/hr (annual) Top pay to be reached in five years is $28.12/hr
  • 12-hour shifts
  • Paid vacation (maximum of five weeks)
  • Holiday pay (Time and a half wages for working certain holidays)
  • Compensatory Time (maximum of 60 hours on books)
  • Pension (Drop Program)
  • Education reimbursements ( Up to $1500 a year)
  • Paid sick leave
The Wooster Police Department has an authorized strength of 39 full-time sworn officers and five non-sworn employees.  In addition to the Chief of Police, there is one Captain, two Lieutenants, five Sergeants and 30 Patrolman.
Minimum Qualifications:   21 - 35 at time of appointment; certification by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy is preferred, and one of the following:  associates degree in criminal justice, law enforcement or related field, or two years of college level course work at an accredited college or university, or two years experience in a branch of the US military or two years of employment experience in a public law enforcement agency; weight in proportion to height and body structure; high school graduate.  Must posses a valid driver's license issued by the State of Ohio at the time of the examination; must be insurable by the City's insurance carrier.
EXAMINATION PROCESS:  An assembled Civil Service examination will be administered for this position, details to be announced at a later date.  Passing applicants on the overall civil service test will be placed on a Civil Service eligible list.  Applicants will be processed for further testing from this list until an eligible list is developed.  Such examination may include, but no be limited to, physical fitness examination, medical examination including drug screen after provisional offer of employement, psychological and/or psychiatric examination, polygraph examination, background investigation, and personal interview.  The duration of the list will be one year or until exhausted.  These applicants will be processed for future vacancies in the Police Officers classification should a vacancy occur within the next year.
Testing for a position with the Department is currently done on as as-needed basis.
There is a residency requirement within 90 days of appointment.
If you are interested in pursuing a law enforcement career with the Wooster Police Department, please visit The City of Wooster website at for an employment application.  Print the application, complete it, and mail it to the address below.  A completed City of Wooster application must be received by the Humman Resources Division, 538 N. Market St. Wooster, Oh 44691 no later than close of the business day (5:00 p.m.) on Friday, February 18, 2011.  A non-refundable $30.00 fee will be collected prior to the test for those meeting the minimum qualifications.
Veterans should bring in or mail a copy of DD-214 Military Discharge Papers ( Member 4 - the type of discharge must be indicated).
Special auxiliary aids for handicapped person are available upon written request.  At least five (5) days notice is required prior to the Civil Service Examination.  Requests must be made, in writting, to the Human Resources Division at the above address.
Study guides are available in the Human Resources Office.
For more information contact:
Eileen Benson, Human Resources Manager
538 N. Market St.
Wooster, Oh  44691
Phone: (330)263-5200
Ptl. Christopher Grabowski, Wooster Police
Department Recruiter
201 W. North St.
Wooster, Oh 44691
Phone: (330)287-5720
Equal Opportunity Employer
Women and Minorities Encouraged