The City of Kenton is now offering full testing services through the National Testing Network for Entry-level and Lateral Transfer Police Officers.
Deadline to apply is August 28th, 2023.
APPLICANTS: Read the entire section below to complete ALL requirements. Any missed steps will result in your disqualification.
The City of Kenton offers full testing services for the position of Police Officer through the National Testing Network (NTN). To register with NTN and schedule a test, go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, select ‘Find Jobs’, then select Law Enforcement jobs and sign up for City of Kenton.
Deadline to test and submit applications is 8/28/2023
When you visit the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:
Upon completion of your scheduled exam, scores are automatically forwarded to the City of Kenton. Candidates who attain a passing score on the entry level exam will be placed on the City of Kenton's eligibility list. The City of Kenton will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to participate in further stages of the selection process.
National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the City of Kenton’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to City of Kenton where the final decisions are made.
READ NEXT SECTION FOR FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
1. Complete the Job Application Packet.
Click each link below to electronically complete the forms.
2. Upload the below documents to the NTN website prior to the posted close date:
After you have completed the above steps, you may be contacted
for an interview.
Applicants will be subject to the following: Full Background Check, Polygraph, Medical Physical with Drug Screen, and Psychological Exam.
Failure to complete all of the above steps in the requested time period will result in your disqualification.
1. At least 21 years of age OR will reach that age by the completion of the academy.
2. Must be under 36 years of age to receive original appointment. (original OPOTA commission)
3. Must have a high school diploma or GED.
4. Possess a valid Ohio Driver's License.
5. No felony convictions.
6. Pass a comprehensive medical exam, including drug screen and an extensive background check, including a polygraph and psychological testing.
7. Pass the Police National Testing Network exam
8. Must be a U.S. Citizen and a resident of the State of Ohio.
9. Ability to read and write the English language
In order to become employed as a peace officer in Ohio, an individual must successfully complete the state-mandated training and pass the certification examination sponsored by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)
2 to 5 weeks Vacation depending on years of service.
2 Personal Days
A minimum of 3 weeks of Sick Leave annually (carried over)
Up to 120 hours of Compensatory Time
11 Paid Holidays
Medical Mutual Health Insurance w/prescription coverage - for you and your family
Delta Dental with orthodontia benefit - for you and your family
VSP Vision Insurance - for your and your family
Life Insurance and AD&D - $50,000 (double indemnity)
EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
Ohio Deferred Comp
Shift, Trainer and Officer in Charge Differential Pay
Call-in/Court Time Pay
Member of Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund -
City contributes 19.5% to your retirement
The Kenton Police Department, located in Hardin County, Ohio, employs 17 Full-time officers, including 2 School Resource Officers and a K-9 unit, as well as 3 auxiliary officers. The Kenton Police Department is part of the multi-agency Special Response Team (SRT) as well as the multi-agency Dive Team. The Department is also part of the Hardin County Crime Task Force.
Given that we are a smaller agency with a call load of approximately 4500 calls for service per year, officers may find themselves working in several facets of law enforcement on a regular basis.
We provide our officers with the latitude and opportunity to learn and expand their skill set as Police Officers. We value candidates with a strong work ethic who wish to learn more. Our officers enjoy newer, modern equipment in a family-style police culture. We offer competitive wages along with an excellent benefits package
The City of Kenton, OH, is the Hardin County seat, and is at the hub of five state routes - providing easy access from almost anywhere. We are centrally located within 30 miles of Findlay, Marysville, Lima, Marion and Bellefontaine, and 60 miles north of Columbus.
With a population of approximately 8,300 residents, we are a community with small town values. Kenton is an affordable place to live with a cost of living that is approximately 14.4 percent lower than the national average, a median household income that is slightly higher than the state's median income, and lower taxes in comparison to other cities in the state.
Our community offers a new PK-6 Elementary School equipped with a state-of-the-art security system, and the construction of a new 6-12 building with a performing arts center, beginning for the 2025/2026 school year.
Our community is also home to Hardin Memorial Hospital (Ohio Health) with Urgent Care, as well as a public library, museum, and several parks, including Saulisberry Park and France Lake, which offers boating, kayaking and fishing, as well as walking trails. Hardin County is the home of Ohio Northern University, as well as several other educational institutions within a 30 mile radius.
Our department staffs 17 full-time officers to help ensure the safety of Kenton.
Our department staffs 3 auxiliary officers to help ensure the safety of Kenton.
Our canine is not only trained for patrol use but also narcotics detection.
Our department employs 2 School Resource Officers who work closely with school administrators in an effort to create a safer environment for both students and staff.
The mission of the Kenton Police Department is to provide service to the public. We are dedicated to the needs of our citizens, preventing crimes and investigating crimes that do happen.
Our office is also part of the Hardin County Crime Task Force. The function of the Task Force is drug enforcement and the investigation of any major criminal incidents that happen anywhere in Hardin County. A number of officers are also part of the county-wide special response team.
We encourage people to help us make our community safe. If you see a crime in progress or some type of suspicious activity, please call us at 419-673-0771 or dial 911.
Kenton City Building
111 West Franklin St.
Kenton, OH 43326
City Building Phone: 419-674-4850 Fax: 419-674-2383
PARKS & RECREATION Phone: 419-679-1242
Utility Office PHone: 419-673-1324 Fax: 419-673-1395
Income Tax Phone: 419-673-1355 FAX: 419-674-2383