Columbus Police Division faces officer scarcity | Native


It’s a tough job too, Police Cpt. Doug Molczyk said what takes a physical and mental toll and comes with long, sometimes unpredictable hours.

Not everyone can stick with it, although Sherer said that people who already have connections with the community are usually more successful.

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The Columbus Police Department, 2330 14th St., has an authorized force of 36, but has been working with two or three fewer officers for some time.

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“We had some people that we recently hired who were good officers, but they left to go back to their homeland,” Sherer said.

Even people otherwise positioned for success need to go through the application process first.

Molczyk said it could take more than a dozen candidates to fill three open positions, partly because the department needs three potential candidates for each open position, partly because the rigorous application and testing process eliminates many people.

Candidates who submit a written application must pass a written exam, an agility test, an interview with the Columbus Civil Service Commission, a background check, and an interview with a panel that includes a training officer, sergeant, and captain.

Only then can the department make them a conditional job offer.

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Then candidates must pass a polygraph, an adult education exam, and take a medical exam.

Molczyk said the department could lose people at any point along the way, especially the first steps, background check, and polygraph.