May 25, 2016


Elyria Police seeking experienced officers

The Elyria Police Department is looking for experienced officers to possibly expand its ranks.

With the success of the inaugural class of officers brought on through a process called lateral transfers, Police Chief Duane Whitely said the department is looking to do it again.

The city’s Civil Service Commission will accept applications to establish a lateral transfer pool list from now until noon July 12.

Applicants for this hiring list must have a state O.P.O.T.A. peace officer certificate, work in either a full- or part-time police officer position in Ohio, have a valid driver’s license, be a U.S. citizen, be able to read and write the English language, and have a high school diploma or GED.

Assistant Safety Service Director Bruce Shade said the first lateral transfer list resulted in four experienced officers coming on earlier this year. The idea, which required a change to the city charter, is to hire experienced officers in an effort to save time and money on training and get officers on the street quickly.

“The challenge with hiring people off the entry-level list is we have to put them through training, which adds three or four months before they can be used on the streets,” Shade said. “The goal is to move very aggressively to get people on the streets.”

Elyria has 77 police officers, including Whitely and supervisors. The department is budgeted for 85 officers. Shade said the department should reach that number by January or February.

It takes roughly four months to get a new recruit through the department’s field training program. The four officers sworn in in January now are on the road. Three more will be sworn in Monday and start field training soon. Shade hopes a fourth recruit from a current entry-level list will join the training program.

A fourth group of four new recruits will be hired in the late fall.

“We’re looking at this as an ongoing activity,” Shade said.

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  • Police officer applications are available at, or the Elyria Safety Service Department, Room 301, or Civil Service Commission Office, Room 204, at City Hall ,131 Court St. For more information, call (440) 326-1559.

About Lisa Roberson

Lisa Roberson has been with the Chronicle since 2006, and covers Elyria city government and public education. She can be reached at 329-7121 or Follow her on Twitter.