The City of Harrison is an equal opportunity employer. As such we have a structured selection process for hiring the most qualified individuals we can, to provide the police services to our community. We have a Civil Service Commission, which is responsible for the selection process, after recruitment has occurred.

We advertise that we will be creating an eligibility list through several media resources, postings in local businesses, community and civic organizations, employment services and education institutions. Additionally, we actively visit the local public police academies and recruit. For information about eligibility or application, please contact the Civil Service Commission at 513-202-8493.

Application Process

The Civil Service Commission is charged with the responsibility for accepting applications, testing and certifying a list of eligible candidates for appointment to the classified service. Candidates are eligible for two years after successfully completing the Civil Service test. Once the certified list of eligible candidates is supplied to the Police Department, the following process shall occur:
  1. Oral interview of the civil service lawful number of candidates
  2. Physical Agility Test
  3. Background investigation of all candidates interviewed
  4. Finalist candidates to psychologist for interview and counseling
  5. Finalist candidates to licensed physician for medical and physical exam
  6. Selection of candidate and recommendation to Mayor and Council for appointment
The Mayor shall make all appointments to classified and unclassified positions. The selection process is set forth in Chapter 145 of the City of Harrison Code of Ordinances.

The City of Harrison and the Harrison Police Department are committed to equality and fairness in all phases of the appointment process. The Chief of Police shall work in conjunction with the Civil Service Commission and the Mayor to ensure that all elements of the selection process are administered, scored, evaluated, and interpreted in a uniform manner.

Operational elements of the selection process, time limits, oral instructions, practice problems, answer sheets and scoring formulas shall be clearly set forth and carried out identically for all candidates.

At the time of their formal application, candidates shall be informed in writing of:
  • The elements of the selection process
  • The expected duration of the selection process
  • The City’s policy on reapplication, retesting, and reevaluation of candidates not appointed.
The probationary period for newly appointed sworn personnel shall be for a minimum period of 12 months.


Besides the overwhelming satisfaction the career of law enforcement brings there are numerous benefits to being a Harrison Police officer:
  • Competitive Pay
  • 9 Paid Holidays Per Year
  • 130 Hours of Paid Sick Leave Per Year
  • Funeral Leave
  • Paid Vacation
  • Up to 100% Tuition Reimbursement
  • Uniforms and Equipment Provided by the City
  • Paid Medical and Dental Insurance


The Harrison Police Department has a progressive and comprehensive in-service training program. Additionally, every officer of the department is afforded the opportunity to go off-site to training at various training institutes.

There is a current eligibility list which expires August 6, 2018.