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Minimum qualifications for this position are:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in police science, criminal justice, law enforcement, public administration, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Or, an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training could satisfy the above qualifications.
  • Ohio Peace Officer Certification as issued by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council, or documents that would confirm eligibility to obtain approval as an Ohio Peace Officer from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council.
  • Possession of valid Ohio Driver’s License.
  • Individuals eligible for the testing must be at a sergeant’s level with one year of prior experience in a department substantially equivalent to the size of the City of Defiance.

The selection process has two separately administered components.  The first component is the IACP Written Examination to be administered to eligible applicants.  This examination will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.  The study material for the written exam is Police Resources: IACP Promotional Examination Preparation Manual. Ver. 1203.   To obtain the textbook, please contact the publisher immediately at and click on “Purchase Book.”  Study time for this examination commences with the posting of this position announcement.  Scores from this component will be weighted 40%.

Those with the top twelve test scores who have passed the test with at least a 70% will be eligible to proceed to the second component which is the Assessment Center to be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 and possibly Sunday, November 6, 2016.  It will be conducted by consultants from the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.  Scores from this component will be weighted 60%.  Both the written test and the assessment center will be held at Defiance City Hall at 631 Perry Street, Defiance, Ohio.

After combining the weighted scores from the two components, the top three candidates will be forwarded to the City Administrator for final consideration and recommendation.  Prior to appointment, the candidate must pass a comprehensive medical examination, drug and alcohol testing, psychological testing, and undergo a background investigation.

Applications with resumes, a copy of your Ohio Peace Officers Certificate or documents that would confirm eligibility to obtain approval as an Ohio Peace Officer from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council and three professional references should be e-mailed to: Tracey Schroeder, Human Resources Manager at Please use a recieved receipt when emailing application materials.  No hard copy applications will be accepted.  Applications are available at under the Human Resources link and should be scanned and emailed with the above documents.

The City of Defiance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For any degree listed in an application, the degree granting institution must be accredited by one of two nationally recognized accrediting organizations, the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 
Because of the public records law in Ohio, the identity of applicants and most application materials cannot be considered to be confidential.
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