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Police Officer

Elgin, Illinois


City of Elgin

150 Dexter Court

Elgin, IL 60120

Phone: 847-931-6049 

Fax: 847-931-5906    



Salary: $59,189 - $81,360

Population: 105,000 

Sworn Officers: 190 

Application Deadline: 8/12/11




The City of Elgin is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer.  Elgin is a rapidly growing community with a population over 100,000 operating under a City Manager form of government.  The Elgin Police Department currently has 190 uniformed police officers.




  • Include but not limited to preserve the public peace;

  • protect life and property;

  • prevent crime;

  • detect and arrest violators of the law;

  • enforce all criminal and traffic laws of the State of Illinois and the ordinances of the City of Elgin;

  • conduct traffic accident investigations;

  • patrol an assigned area of the City;

  • investigate suspicious incidents;

  • conduct preliminary investigations;

  • preserve evidence and interview witnesses.




At the time of the written exam, all candidates must be:

  1. a U.S. citizen,

  2. 21 years of age or older,

  3. in possession of a valid driverís license,

  4. in good physical condition

  5. a graduate with a bachelorís degree from an accredited college, and 

  6. Certified by NIPSTA with a Power Test card issued between August 1, 2010 and September 20, 2011.

Copy of birth certificate, driverís license and college transcripts or college diploma must be submitted with application.



Written Examination:


The mandatory Orientation and Written Examination

will be held on August 26, 2011 at:


Elgin Community College

Seigle Auditorium, UBC Building

1700 Spartan Drive

Elgin, IL


Following the application  deadline you will be assigned to one of two test times: 8:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Prior to August 26, 2011 you will receive an email indicating your assigned exam time.  The test is a video based test and will last approximately 2.5 hours.  Only those individuals who have supplied their documentation and submitted their application with $20.00 fee will be allowed to test.



Background Investigation:


The top 50 candidates who successfully pass the written examination will be subject to a background investigation which consists of the following:

  • complete criminal history check at the national, state and local level;

  • complete traffic history at the state and local level;

  • review of employment history with prior employers and possibly current employer;

  • verification of military status (if applicable);

  • personal/phone interviews with at least three (3) personal references.


Power Test Certification:


The top 50 candidates who successfully pass the written examination will be required to obtain their Power Test certification card from NIPSTA  (Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy) - by September 20, 2011 or provide a valid Power Test certification card dated 8/1/10 or later.


Power Test certification classes are being conducted on August 13, 2011 and September 17, 2011.


Contact NIPSTA for more information:


2300 Patriot Boulevard

Glenview, IL 60026

Phone: 847-998-8090

Fax: 847-998-8091







There is a $20.00 fee for submitting an application. The fee must be paid by August 15, 2011 in order to validate the application and qualify for the mandatory exam.*


The fee can be paid:


1. At the cashier in the main lobby of City Hall




2. Sent to the City of Elgin by mail - if sent by mail, please include a copy of the email confirmation that your application was received to ensure your payment gets accurately posted. 


City Hall

Attn: Finance Department

150 Dexter Court

Elgin, IL 60120 


*Make sure you keep confirmation of paid fee, in the event proof of payment is requested.











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