Become a Canton Police Officer

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  1. About Canton Police Department
  2. Community Profile
  3. Hiring Process
  4. Resources

About Canton Police Department


The Canton Police Department is a full-time law enforcement agency currently budgeted for 100 sworn officers, with plans to increase staffing over the next several years. Canton is a community-oriented agency, providing professional police service beyond traditional enforcement.

Core Purpose / Core Values

"We deliver excellent police service to those who live, work and visit our community by deploying the most highly trained and qualified personnel in order to provide a safe and secure community.

Core Values: Professionalism, Excellence, Teamwork, Integrity, Courage

Financial Benefits

Canton Police Officers earn a competitive 2023 salary, ranging from $56,855 (starting rate) up to $96,268 (after 4 years). 

Canton Police Officers also receive a MERS pension plan, healthcare, dental, optical and life insurance.

Canton Police Officers are encouraged to continue their education and leadership development with a bargaining unit agreement of full-paid tuition for coursework toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. The department utilizes Third Party Billing direct with area universities eliminating out-of-pocket costs typically created by out-dated reimbursement programs.


Canton Police Officers enjoy the benefit of working with the latest in product technology, including a new 800 mHz radio system, electronic reporting and ticketing through CLEMIS, crime and GIS mapping through CLEMIS, in-car cameras and body cameras. Canton Police Officers are privileged with access to the most advanced interactive Use-Of-Force and Firearms training simulator, the MILO Range Pro training system. 


The Police Department is located in the Canton Public Safety Headquarters building, a 33,000 square foot facility that houses a premier 911 communications center, booking area, eight cell lock-up for up to 72-hour holds, investigations bureau, and administrative offices.

Canton Police Department also owns a gun range facility with outdoor targets, indoor simulation building, and classroom facility.

Special Units Available To Police Officers

Accident Investigation
Bicycle Unit
Detective Bureau
Evidence Technician
Explorer Program Advisor
K-9 Unit
Rapid Response Unit
School Resource Officer
Special Enforcement (Motorcycles)
Special Operations Team (SWAT)
TEAM Instructor
Undercover Assignments (Narcotics, surveillance, etc.)