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Police Officer - Lateral

Hampshire, Illinois


Hampshire Police Department

215 Industrial Drive

Hampshire, IL 60140

Phone: 847-683-2240

Fax: 847-683-2341




Starting Salary: $61,209 - $70,857

Population: 7,000

Sworn Officers: 13

Application Deadline: Open



Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:


Candidates for lateral appointment to the position of Police Officer must meet the following minimum qualifications and requirements at the time of application:

  • State of Illinois certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board with no more than forty (40) hours of training required by that Board for recertification, if necessary. (Part-time certification as a law enforcement officer does not meet this requirement.)

  • United States citizen.

  • Individuals must be at least 23 years old.

  • Education - High school education or equivalent.

  • Experience – at least 2 years’ experience as a full time sworn, certified law enforcement officer in Illinois within the last 3 years.

  • Valid Driver’s License.

  • Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position, including providing copies of any requested employment related materials or other documents to confirm or verify information, and have the ability to pass all examination and training requirements.


Lateral Entry Candidate Screening and Application Period:

  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing, continuous basis and will be reviewed at the time of a vacancy.

  • There are immediate vacancies to be filled through the lateral entry process.

  • There is no guarantee of an interview or further consideration for candidates submitting an application. Inclusion in any lateral entry candidate screening process shall be based upon the relative excellence of the candidates reflecting qualifications above the stated minimum qualifications and the hiring needs of the Department at the time of review.


Selection Process:


An offer of employment is contingent on passing all required screenings and examinations.

  • Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an oral interview conducted by Police Department command staff.

  • Upon recommendation by the interview committee, qualified candidates may receive a conditional offer of employment and participate in additional post-offer screenings and examinations including but not limited to: polygraph examination; psychological evaluation; character and background investigation and credit check; medical examinations and drug screening. Candidates must receive a satisfactory evaluation or recommendation on each screening or examination in order to proceed in the selection process. Failure to achieve a satisfactory evaluation on any screening or examination shall result in immediate disqualification from further consideration.

  • Candidates that satisfactorily complete all post-offer screenings will be interviewed by the Police Commission as the final step in the selection process. The Police Commission shall have final approval for the hiring of any Lateral Police Officer candidate.

  • New Lateral Police Officers are subject to a 12 month probationary period.













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