Police department recruiting new officers


SIDNEY — The Sidney Police Department is looking for men and women to become the next officers for the department.

“The Sidney Police Department is actively looking for new police officers which have the desire to meet our mission statement and perform at a high level,” said Police Chief Will Balling. “In today’s climate it is more important than ever to hire the right person for this position. I still believe that it is one of the most honorable positions that you can hold and as an officer you make a difference in someone life every single encounter. I am very proud of all of others to join us.”

The Sidney Police Department is a full service police department. The department has a patrol section, an investigative section, a community resource section and a communications section. They are supported by a records section and a maintenance staff. The department provides opportunities to its officers for additional duties, such as accident reconstructionist, member of the tactical response team, hostage negotiations team, bike patrol unit, evidence technician, range instructor, defensive tactics instructor. The command staff consists of the chief of police, three captains, seven sergeants and an office supervisor.

Police officers assigned to patrol report directly to a patrol sergeant. Police officers assigned to specialized positions in the investigative section report to either the detective sergeant or the investigative captain. All Sidney police officers are expected to cooperate with all other city departments and maintain a professional relationship with all local and state jurisdictions.

Qualifications for the position include a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Candidates must pass civil service entrance examination and selection process, which includes, interviews, background inquiries, physical examination, polygraph testing, psychological profile and physical fitness testing. The person must have the ability to complete basic law enforcement training as assigned by the department. A valid driver’s license is required. The applicant must be between the ages of 20.5 by deadline and appointed by 35 and be a U. S. Citizen or authorized to work in the United States.

The starting salary is $57,987.64. There is an education bonus up to $1,800 and a fitness bonus up to $1,700 associated with the position. There is longevity pay after five years of employment.

Other benefits include 11 paid holidays each year; 80 hours of paid vacation; personal time after six months; paid sick leave; and yearly clothing allowance.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 11, 2022.

For more information, visit the city of Sidney’s website, www.sidneyoh.com and click on employment. Anyone with questions can contact Capt. William Shoemake, 937-538-6660 or email, [email protected]