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Wadsworth police hiring 3 officers


WADSWORTH — The Wadsworth Police Department is seeking applicants to fill three full-time police officer positions, Chief Randall Reinke said Tuesday.

“We did create one new position,” Reinke said. “The city agreed to create a new (school resource officer) position this year and to do that the city authorized us to hire an additional police officer.”

Reinke said the other two open positions are a result of officers retiring.

In addition to patrolling the city and serving the community in ways most people are familiar with, Reinke said the department is involved in community events throughout the year that officers can participate in.

“I think we are involved in a number of different things other than just your normal law enforcement activities,” he said.

Events include National Night Out every summer, where families can interact with both the police and fire departments to Shop with a Cop every December.

Reinke said candidates who do not have their Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification are welcome to apply.

“We do not require them to have their certification (to apply),” he said. “If we have a candidate that we really like, and feel they are the right person for us and it is a good fit then we will send them to the academy and we will pay for that.”

Reinke said Wadsworth is a nice community that is both progressive and growing in population.

“I think that we have developed a good relationship with the citizens here and I think it can be a very rewarding place to work,” he said.

According to a statement released Tuesday, new officers with OPOTA certification will start at $56,368. Candidates without certification will be paid a lower training wage while they are attending the police academy.

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 21 and can be accessed at www.WadsworthCity.com.

The civil service exam will be 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330)721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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