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I.   PURPOSE:

The goal of every Ohio law enforcement agency is to recruit and hire qualified individuals while providing equal employment opportunity. Ohio law enforcement agencies should consist of a diverse workforce. Communities with diverse populations should strive to have a diverse work force that reflects the citizens served.

Non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity is the policy. Law enforcement agencies shall provide equal terms and conditions of employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, military status or disability. This applies to all terms or conditions associated with the employment process, including hiring, promotions, terminations, discipline, performance evaluations and interviews.

Agencies should utilize due diligence in ensuring that their prospective employees have the proper temperament, knowledge and attitude to handle this very difficult job. Agencies should have appropriate mechanisms in place in order to achieve this mission. Further, agencies should ensure their employment requirements are related to the skills that are necessary to be a successful employee.

II.   DEFINITIONS:

Economy of force - The principle of employing available resources in the most effective way possible, in an attempt to allocate a minimum of essential manpower and equipment to any secondary efforts. This allows for the judicious employment and distribution of resources towards the primary objectives of the agency. No part of an agency’s team should ever be left without purpose.

Moral turpitude The act of baseness, vileness or the depravity in private and social duties which man owes to his fellow man or to society in general, contrary to accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man. Act or behavior that gravely violates moral sentiment or accepted moral standards of community and is morally culpable quality held to be present in some criminal offenses as distinguished from others. It is the quality of a crime involving grave infringement of the moral sentiment of the community as distinguished from minor laws.

III.   PROCEDURE:

 

A.   Equal Employment Opportunity: The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer that supports the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA), and must respond to reasonable requests for job accommodations and take reasonable action to employ qualified individuals with disabilities. This agency is committed to making reasonable sustained, diligent efforts to identify and consider such individuals for employment and for possible advancement opportunities arising during employment.

It is the sworn duty of all law enforcement officers to uphold the constitutional rights of all individuals. The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office strictly prohibits any retaliatory action against an employee for opposing a practice which he or she believes to be discriminatory. This includes the filing of an internal complaint or the filing of a complaint with a state or federal civil rights enforcement agency.

Non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity is the policy. Law enforcement agencies shall provide equal terms and conditions of employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, military status, or disability. This applies to all terms or conditions associated with the employment process, including hiring, promotions, terminations, discipline, performance evaluations, and interviews.All employees are expected to abide by the procedures as outlined within this policy. Violation of this policy will subject an employee to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

 

B.   Employment Requirements:

All persons seeking employment with the agency as a law enforcement officer must:

•  Be a United States citizen;

•  Be a resident of Ashland County, Ohio or a surrounding county, or become a resident within 90 days of employment;

•  Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License;

•  Have a high school diploma or GED; or

•  Successfully complete the minimum training required for licensure;

•  Never have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or is not currently under indictment for any criminal offense;

•  Never been convicted of any family violence offense;

•  Not be prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle;

•  Not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition;

•  Be subject to a thorough background investigation and personal interviews by Ashland County      Sheriff’s Office personnel;

•  Have never had a commission or peace officer license denied by final order or revoked;

•  Not be currently on suspension or have a voluntary surrender of an job-related license currently in effect;

•  Demonstrate honesty and integrity by successfully completing pre-employment CVSA (Certified Voice Stress Analyzer) and drug testing;

•  Demonstrate good general medical health as determined by a medical doctor, who is licensed by the Ohio State Board of Medical Examiners and physical performance testing. Applicant shall provide:

a.   a copy of a physical within the last year,

b.   have a physical and provide the report, or ( as a last resort)

have a physical with our medical staff who will provide a report;

•  Be declared in satisfactory psychological and emotional health by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office psychiatrist who is licensed by the Ohio State Board of Medical Examiners or psychologist, who is licensed by the Ohio State Board of Examiners of Psychologists; and

•  Be fingerprinted and subjected to a search of local, state and national records and finger print files.

 
C.   Physical & Mental Testing of Sworn Officers:

Individuals applying for a position as a sworn officer of this agency must continually demonstrate the ability to perform essential job functions under stressful and often confusing circumstances. At time of application and periodically thereafter officers may be required to demonstrate these abilities without assistance. Minimum demonstrations of ability are:

•  Disassembling, reassembling, loading, firing, and performing malfunction drills with a revolver, semi-automatic pistol and shotgun ;

•  Handcuffing and restraining resisting suspects ;

•  Giving loud verbal and hand signal commands that can be understood at 50 yards;

•  Standing, walking, sprinting, laying down, rolling-over, and jumping on verbal command and in rapid order;

•  Dragging 165 pounds of dead weight over 25 yards;

•  Picking up and carrying 100 pounds of dead weight over 25 yards;

•  Using a long baton, and chemical dispensing weapons on command;

•  Accurately and consistently following verbal, written and hand signal commands, without hesitation, or assistance;

•  Quickly closing large, heavy doors; and

•  Running up and down two flights of stairs.  

An applicant for a sworn position that cannot perform these minimum tasks will not be accepted. Sworn officers of the agency that cannot demonstrate proficiency in these areas annually may be provided additional training and support to reach established goals, and if not attainable within a reasonable period of time, reassigned to other duties.

 
D.   Acceptance of Applications:

Employment applications are accepted at any time, even if all positions are filled, for future evaluation. The completion of a regular application form will ensure that each candidate be considered for all positions within the agency for which he is qualified. Applications are kept on file for at least twelve months, after which the application will be destroyed. Applications of hired individuals are maintained in their employee file. Applicants, at the time of application, will be advised that their application will be kept on file for further review for twelve months unless the applicant request that the application not be maintained for further consideration. 

E.   Disqualification of Applicants:

Applicants may be disqualified for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to:

•  Not possessing the minimum qualifications for the position;

•  Failing to be punctual in taking prescribed tests or undergoing evaluation;

•  Making fraudulent statements during interview or on any application; or

•  Failing to properly complete the application in the manner prescribed.

F.   Guidelines for Filling a Position:

Whenever a vacant position is to be filled within Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, a number of guidelines to ensure all applicants are treated equally to include the following:

•  A position vacancy notice will be posted within the agency.

•  The appropriate agency supervisor will evaluate applications, including:

•  Any applicant nominated by a current employee,

•  Qualified persons already employed by the agency or governing body, and

•  Any other qualified persons; and

•  After screening, applicants will submit to written, physical, mental and performance based testing.

 


Current Opportunities

Part Time

Communications Officer   -    Starting Rate:   TBD        Hours: Vary

                                                  Job Description - Answer phones, communicate over radio and other means, enter computer

                                                  data in a fast paced and often highly stressfull environement. Good hearing, vision and

                                                  communications skills are required. You will be required to undergo a training program and

                                                  show improved proficency over time. If you are interested in this position please contact

                                                  Captain Hamilton.

 

Full Time

Corrections Officer -    There is a position open for a Deputy or Corrections Officer. If you are interested in this position

                                        please review the job description and then submit, in writing, your request to Captain Blake. 

Job Description - Corrections Officer

 

Communications Officer   -    Starting Rate:   TBD        Hours: Vary

                                                  Job Description - Answer phones, communicate over radio and other means, enter computer

                                                  data in a fast paced and often highly stressfull environement. Good hearing, vision and

                                                  communications skills are required. You will be required to undergo a training program and

                                                  show improved proficency over time. If you are interested in this position please contact

                                                  Captain Hamilton.

 

Applicants must pass the Interview process, a complete background investigation, a computerized voice stress analysis,

a psychological examination, a dispatch proficiency test, and a drug screening.

 

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