Become a Canton Police Officer

  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 91 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 2019 salary, ranging from $46,087 (starting rate) up to $76,387 (after 4 years).

Canton Police Officers also receive a hybrid 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  Evidence Technician  Rapid Response Unit  Special Operations Team (SWAT)
 Bicycle Unit Explorer Program Advisor  School Resource Officer  TEAM Instructor
Detective Bureau  K-9 Unit Special Enforcement (Motorcycles) Undercover Assignments
(Narcotics, surveillance, etc.)