Transit Police Officer

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Salary: $-$

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


  • Patrols assigned areas with purpose to prevent disorder, criminal activity and terrorism.
  • Protects RTA passengers and employees within the RTA designated area and municipal area of concurrent jurisdiction.
  • Maintains peace and order on the rail, buses, stations, platforms, and any other property of RTA or areas of concurrent jurisdiction.
  • Prepares reports and maintains associated responsibilities concerning reported information.
  • Performs patrol duties specific to assignment (e.g., bus, radio patrol car, plainclothes, train and station, derailment, etc.).


  • Applicant must have a high school diploma or its GED equivalent.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment and must have a valid Ohio Driver's License.
  • Applicants must not have more than two (2) points on their driver’s license in the past three (3) years or any convictions for which time could have been served.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain passing scores on a content valid written test battery, physical abilities test and oral communication exercise.
  • Applicants must achieve a satisfactory evaluation on a psychological assessment, medical examination (including drug and alcohol screening) and must meet the criteria established for a background check.
  • Applicant must attain qualifications through training leading to certifications to use systems such as Cuyahoga Regional Information System (CRIS), the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS), and such certifications that might be required by government regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
  • Successful candidates must display sound judgment and be able to interact with the general public in a variety of situations, display initiative, discern emotional state of others and make an appropriate and thoughtful response.

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)- Basic Police Training certification, preferred.

Successful candidates who are not already OPOTA certified must be able to enter the Police Academy class beginning June 29, 2017.

Working Conditions:

The working conditions described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environmental Conditions

  • This person will have frequent exposure to inclement weather; possible exposure to hazardous materials and/or infectious blood or other infectious materials; may be exposed to offensive smells, dust, dirt, water, vibrations, and loud continuous noises must be willing to perform all duties described in this job description under adverse weather conditions, including extreme heat or cold and inclement weather.

Physical Demands

  • This person will have the Possibility of bodily attacks while making an arrest; severe bodily harm while dealing with felons.
  • This person must possess the physical strength and stamina to chase and subdue fleeing persons; to arrest them if necessary and to bring them into custody.
  • This person must have the physical strength and stamina to rescue victims; the visual acuity to read and review written correspondence, reports, statistical and technical information, maps, identify suspects, detect danger, read licenses and tags, etc; the hearing acuity to understand conversation in quiet and noisy environments, communicate clearly and distinctly by telephone and in person, understand radio transmissions.
  • This Person must be able to communicate effectively to transmit information via the radio, talk to victims, suspects, etc.
  • This person must be able to meet established physical and medical requirements including good physical strength and agility; weight must be in proportion to height; must have skill in foot/hand/eye coordination and a high degree of concentration to operate a vehicle, weapon, and other equipment required to fulfill essential job duties; must have strength to pull, lift, or push 50 pound objects on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an infrequent basis.
  • This person must have the flexibility to bend, twist, reach, and the mobility to climb crawl, walk; and the stamina to exert oneself throughout the day in all weather conditions.

Mental Demands

  • Reading, watching, studying, observing, focused listening and evaluating.
  • Ability to give, receive and analyze information and prepare written materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written); interpret policy, procedures.
  • Ability to remember names, faces and details of incidents.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly exposed to stressful situations, which may cause the employee to experience feelings of anxiety and/or depression.
  • Must maintain emotional control when under stress.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts, extended hours, emergency call outs.
  • May be required to attend local or out-of-town conferences, seminars, etc.
  • Must be mentally and physically prepared for unforeseen emergencies at all times.