Become a Canton Police Officer

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About Canton Police Department

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

Lateral Transfer Police Officer Pay:

  • 0-12 Months @ Starting Rate
  • 13-24 Months @ 2-Year Rate
  • 25-36 Months @ 3-Year Rate
  • 37-48 Months @ 4-Year Rate

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.

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