University Police

University Law Enforcement Officer

All University Law Enforcement Officers (both police officers and sergeants) are represented by the University of Toledo Police Patrolman's Association (UTPPA), which is a member of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA).

The University of Toledo has worked diligently to assemble a wage and benefits package designed to attract the best and the brightest of applicants.


Starting salary for a University Law Enforcement Officer (ULEO) with academy completed: $48,806 to $49,638 annually depending on shift assignment.

The current agreement between the University and the University of Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association (UTPPA) – the union that represents all officers and sergeants – includes annual step increases, as well as shift differential. Click here for a listing of the wage structure. 

Officers who meet the following criteria may be considered for the classification of Senior ULEO, which has a pay scale of up to $62,773 annually after four years of service:

  • Four (4) years of service with the department
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Above average evaluations
  • No disciplinary record
  • No sick leave abuse
  • Self-improvement training

Sergeants, or ULEO 3s, have a pay scale from $63,947.15 annually to $67,592.39 annually.

Shift Differential

The wages listed above are based on an officer working first shift (days). Shift differential based upon shift assignments adds an additional $.40 per hour for officers on second shift (afternoons), $.25 per hour for those on third shift (midnights), or $.35 per hour for those on swing shift (overlapping afternoons and midnights).


UTPPA members are part of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), for Law Enforcement Officers. As part of this plan, they may retire at age 52 (or later), if they have completed at least 25 years of service in PERS-LE. The employee’s contribution is 9% of each paycheck. The University contributes 16.7% The University also provides, at no cost, a group term life and accidental death and dismemberment policy. The coverage for UTPPA members is 2.045 times base annual salary.

The University also provides an extensive health care benefits package, which includes medical visits, prescription drugs, dental care, and a vision plan. In addition to retirement, life insurance, and health care benefits, UTPPA members, their spouses, and dependents, may also take advantage of the various tuition benefits offered by the University. They include everything from partial to free tuition for undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education coursework.


Candidates for the position of University Law Enforcement Officer (ULEO) for The University of Toledo must meet the following minimum requirements including:

Candidates must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on or before the date of appointment; possess a valid driver's license; meet minimum standards of physical condition/fitness; a valid Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certificate, be currently enrolled in an OPOTA-certified academy, or be registered to attend an OPOTA-certified academy. In addition, candidates must submit to a drug/urinalysis test; have a visual acuity of 20/20 corrected; have completed 96 quarter hours/64 semester hours of college level academic credits from an accredited college or university (having earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher); OR education may be substituted with two (2) years of continuous active full-time law enforcement experience (as a state-certified peace officer) with a state certified law enforcement agency.

Applicants who meet these requirements may then participate in the following selection process phases.

Selection Process Phases

Phase 1 – Law Enforcement Examination (National Testing Network) 

The first phase of the ULEO selection process is the entry level law enforcement examination phase. The National Testing Network (NTN) will be used to administer the entrance examination. Visit the NTN web site at: and select law enforcement jobs in Ohio – University of Toledo Police Department.

Please review the requirements for the ULEO position and schedule a law enforcement examination accordingly. Testing centers are located throughout Ohio, and you may choose the date, time, and testing center of your choosing. After successful completion of the entrance examination, a University representative will notify you of the next steps in the ULEO selection process.

TESTING CLOSING DATE: All testing must be completed on or before ONGOING. Should the candidate be unable to meet this closing date, you may still complete NTN testing and will be considered for the next positioning opening.   Applicants are then ranked on the basis of their final score on the law enforcement examination.

Phase 2 – Physical Fitness Examination

[Must be completed and turned in on day of the Fitness Examination]

The second phase of the selection process for University of Toledo Law Enforcement Officer is the physical fitness examination phase. This examination is administered by certified physical fitness coordinators on staff with The University of Toledo Police Department. All applicants are tested on the below listed categories and all applicants must achieve the minimum requirement or higher. Failure to pass any phase of the physical fitness examination would be cause for the applicant to be removed from the selection process. ALL APPLICANTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO PRACTICE THESE EXERCISES PRIOR TO THE PHYSICAL FITNESS EXAMINATION.

Any questions related to the physical fitness examination should be directed to the physical fitness coordinator(s). You may contact the coordinator(s) through the main campus police dispatch non-emergency phone number: 419.530.2601.



Push-Ups (Unlimited)


Sit-Ups (Timed One Minute)


One Repetition Maximum Bench Press

.61 Ratio (body weight multiplied by .61)

300 Meter Run

64.7 Seconds

1.5 Mile Run

15:14 Minutes






Phase 3 – Law Enforcement Index Assessment (PRADCO)

The Law Enforcement Index is an assessment tool developed by approved vendor, PRADCO. The index is utilized as a
pre-employment screening tool which assesses applicants on 16 dimensions measuring job-related qualities like motivating factors, work approach, interpersonal skills and decision-making ability.

Phase 4 – Interview Assessment Panel

An interview panel will be convened by the Chief of Police for purposes of evaluating each applicant on their responses to a series of pre-selected questions. This panel is commonly made up of police command officer(s); police officer(s); members of the University community; and members of other entities as designated by the Chief of Police.

Phase 5 – Chief and Deputy Chief of Police Interview Assessment

Applicants who pass the polygraph examination will then be interviewed by the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police. Both will interview each applicant for purposes of evaluating the applicant’s responses to a series of pre-selected questions. Upon conclusion of this interview, both will assess each applicant individually based on a totality of all phases completed by the applicant.

Phase 6 – Background Investigation

A University of Toledo Police Department Background Investigator will be assigned to conduct your pre-employment background investigation. The Investigator will utilize information contained in your completed background packet in addition to information from other sources. You will note that the packet covers in part, the following: Personal and family history; marital status; education; military service (if applicable); employment history; previous law enforcement applications; traffic record history; criminal record history; police contact history; general information inquiry; and personal references. 

The background investigation phase normally takes a minimum of four (4) weeks to complete; however, in some instances it may be longer, particularly if you have had past jobs or residences in other cities or states. Should you have any questions at any point during the background investigation phase, you should contact your Background Investigator through the main campus police dispatch.

NOTE: Certain contents of your background investigation may be considered confidential police records and thus, not available for release to you for review. Furthermore, your responses on the background packet will be subject to verification including verification via source documentation.

Phase 7 – Conditional Offer of Employment

Applicants who advance to this phase will be offered a “conditional offer of employment” by the Chief of Police or his designee. This offer of employment is “conditional” based on the applicant successfully passing the remaining phases of the selection process.  

Phase 8 – Polygraph Examination

Applicants who advance to this phase will be required to complete a pre-employment polygraph examination conducted by a certified polygraph examiner. The specific questions asked will be designated by the examiner as requested by the University of Toledo Police Department. It is incumbent that applicants advancing to this phase be truthful in answering all questions posed by the polygraph examiner.

Phase 9 – Pre-Hire Assessment 

Applicants who are advanced to the pre-hire assessment phase are notified of such examination. The pre-approved certified assessment vendor will then contact the applicant to schedule the examination appointment. 

The pre-hire assessment includes components to include: A personal interview; an assessment battery; a clinical component; category ratings; and a bottom line summary.

Phase 10 – Medical / Drug Urinalysis Examinations

The applicant will be required to complete an employment medical examination conducted by a licensed physician selected by The University of Toledo Police Department. The purpose of the examination is to determine the applicant’s general medical fitness for being a University of Toledo Law Enforcement Officer. The examination will include pre-employment drug urinalysis screening.

Upon successful completion of the medical and drug urinalysis examinations, the applicant will be eligible for employment as a University of Toledo Law Enforcement Officer. 

Phase 11 – Field Training Officer Program

Newly hired University of Toledo Law Enforcement Officer’s will be required to successfully complete a regimented Field Training Program. In addition to this program, newly hired officers will start a probationary period lasting a period of twelve (12) months. Officers successfully completing both the Field Training Program and the probationary period will advance to becoming a permanent University of Toledo Law Enforcement Officer.

Disqualification Criteria

Prior to applying, candidates are strongly encouraged to review the 'disqualification criteria' to ascertain if he/she meets one or more of the listed disqualifying factors.  For a listing of this criteria please click on the link below:


Voluntary Waiver of Appointment

If a candidate meets disqualification criteria or a candidate wishes to be voluntarily removed from the selection process, s/he should complete the following 'waiver of appointment' form and follow instructions accordingly:


The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

Last Updated: 8/7/19