New Albany Police Department Careers

Thank you for your interest in the New Albany Police Department! New Albany is one of Ohio’s safest communities and a key reason is our police force’s strong interaction with residents and businesses to protect life and property. Whether performing vacation house checks, offering women’s self-defense classes and a Citizen Police Academy, working with businesses, patrolling neighborhoods, conducting bicycle safety programs for children or maintaining a presence on the school learning campus throughout the academic year, our officers understand that strong relationships set the foundation for a safer community.

More than 90% of our uniformed officers have obtained degrees and one third of our officers are military veterans. The department holds itself to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism and earned National CALEA Accreditation in 2019. The New Albany Police Department is now one of fewer than 70 law enforcement agencies out of approximately 1,000 in Ohio to earn CALEA accreditation.

 Click here to find more information about the testing process and sign up to take the National Testing Network’s examination.

To learn more about open positions with the City of New Albany, click here to view our current openings.

Dispatcher Hiring Process

The City of New Albany is accepting test scores for 911 Dispatchers.  Complete the following steps to become a 911 Dispatcher*:

  1. Take the Emergency Communications Exam with the National Testing Network and choose to submit the scores to New Albany.
  2. Complete the National Testing Network’s personal history questionnaire.
  3. Obtain a passing score.  Scores are pulled throughout the year and candidates who pass are contacted via the e-mail address they provided to National Testing Network.
  4. Candidates will be provided an application for employment with the City of New Albany and a Personal History Questionnaire to complete.
  5. Complete an initial interview with the Dispatch Manager.
  6. A thorough background is conducted and the candidate will attend, if recommended, a final interview with the New Albany City Manager and Chief of Police.
  7. If successful, the candidate may be given a conditional offer of employment.
  8. Successfully complete a drug screening, psychological evaluation and lie-detector examination.
  9. Receive a final offer of employment.

Dispatcher starting pay is $27.93 per hour ($58,103.12 annually) with annual step increases for the first five years of employment. Employees receive employer paid vision, dental, short-term disability and life insurances and have access to a generous health insurance plan.  Additionally, full-time employees receive paid vacation, sick, and personal leave.

If you’re thinking about a career as a dispatcher, you can schedule an observation with our dispatchers to discover what it is like to work at the New Albany Police Department. Contact Elizabeth Lybarger at elybarger@newalbanypolice.org to schedule a visit. After completing an observation, you’ll receive a voucher to cover the cost of testing and application fees.

*This list is a general description of the hiring process and steps may be combined or rearranged at the discretion of the employer. Candidates may be dismissed from the process at any step.

Police Officer Hiring Process

The City of New Albany is accepting test scores for Police Officers.  Complete the following general steps to become a Police Officer*:

  1. Take the Law Enforcement-Frontline Exam with the National Testing Network and choose to submit the scores to New Albany.
  2. Complete the National Testing Network’s personal history questionnaire.
  3. Obtain a passing score.  Scores are pulled throughout the year and candidates who pass are contacted via the e-mail address they provided to National Testing Network.
  4. Candidates will be provided an application for employment with the City of New Albany and a Personal History Questionnaire to complete.
  5. Successfully pass the physical test and attend a short interview.
  6. A thorough background is conducted.
  7. Successfully complete an Oral Board interview that includes a panel of interviewers and, if recommended, a final interview with the New Albany City Manager and Chief of Police.
  8. If successful, the candidate may be given a conditional offer of employment.
  9. Successfully complete a drug screening, medical pension exam, psychological evaluation and lie-detector examination.
  10. Receive a final offer of employment.

Police Officer recruits start at $30.93 per hour ($64,348.61 annually) and upon graduation from the police academy, receive an immediate step increase with annual step increases thereafter for the first five years of employment. Employees receive employer paid vision, dental, short-term disability and life insurances and have access to a generous health insurance plan. Additionally, full-time employees receive paid vacation, sick, and personal leave. Police Officers contribute to Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund.

You can schedule a ride-along with a New Albany police officer to discover what it is like to work at the New Albany Police Department. Contact Sgt. Ian McCord at imccord@newalbanypolice.org to schedule a ride-along and after you complete the ride-along will receive a voucher to cover the cost of testing and application fees.

*This list is a general description of the hiring process and steps may be combined or rearranged at the discretion of the employer. Candidates may be dismissed from the process at any step.

Visit the National Testing Network for more information about scheduling an exam.

 

Lateral Candidates for Police Officer

A current police officer in the State of Ohio may apply to be considered as a lateral hire. To qualify as a lateral hire, the candidate must be currently employed as a full-time police officer (in any state*) with at least one year of full-time employment as a police officer. Time spent in an academy or working in a correctional facility will not count toward the one year of required service. The following are steps that qualified candidates must take:

  • Candidates will apply to New Albany via the Police Officer-Lateral Hire posting on the city’s careers page
  • Candidates will be scheduled to attend an oral board interview. These will be held approximately once or more per month.
  • Candidates recommended from the oral board interview will have a thorough background check conducted.
  • Successful completion of the background check will result in an interview with the Chief of Police and City Manager.
  • If successful, the candidate may be given a conditional offer of employment.
  • Offers for employment are conditioned upon successful lie-detector examination, drug screen, medical pension exam, and psychological evaluation.

Lateral candidates may be brought in at an advanced step in the pay range, commensurate with recruitment and retention goals and experience the officer brings. Enhancements are also provided for education and military experience.

*Out-of-state candidates for lateral hire will be required to complete a physical test during the hiring and selection process and an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy to become certified in Ohio. Candidates are fully employed while attending the academy and receive all benefits of employment during the academy.

Police Officer Pay

Step 1: $69,070*           

Step 2: $78,990          

Step 3: $88,910        

Step 4: $98,830          

Step 5: $108,750

*Wage structure applies to candidates upon graduation from police academy. Starting pay is $66,279 prior to graduation.

Candidates with the following qualifications or experiences will have their annual compensation enhanced as follows:

Associate’s degree  0.10%

Honorable discharge from military service  0.25%

Bachelor’s degree  0.25%

Military Service and Bachelor’s Degree 0.50%

Masters or professional degree 0.75%

Military Service and Master’s Degree 1.00%

Benefits

  • City participates in the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund (police) and Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (dispatchers)
  • Health insurance beginning on the 31st day of employment
    • Voluntary Flexible Spending Account (Healthcare and/or Dependent Care)
    • Life insurance paid for by the city at 1.5x annual salary up to $150,000
    • Short term disability paid by the city
    • Dental and Vision insurance paid by the city
  • Voluntary benefits available
    • Ohio Deferred Compensation
    • Supplemental Life insurance
    • Accident insurance
    • Education reimbursement up to $12,000
  • Paid Time Off
    • Vacation, Sick, Personal and earned Compensatory Leave
  • Shift differential
    • $1.00 per hour
  • Uniforms and Allowances
    • Initial issue and replacement of equipment and uniforms
    • Plain clothes allowance for certain positions

About New Albany Police

For more information about the New Albany Police, please visit our Police page.

Open Positions

To learn more about open positions with the City of New Albany, click here to view our current openings.

Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Compassion