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

Canton Police Officers earn a competitive 2023 salary starting at $64,316, increasing to $72,245 after six months. 

Lateral Transfer Police Officer Pay:

  • 1-year experience $80,172
  • 2-years experience $90,742

Additional benefits include:

  • Defined Benefit Pension with a 2.5% multiplier after 25 years/age 53 
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • College Tuition Reimbursement
  • Annual $300 Weapons Allowance
  • 15 Vacation Days, Sick Time, Paid Holidays
  • 12-Hour Shifts
  • Relaxed Beard & Tattoo Policy
  • Exterior Vest Carrier


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


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


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.