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Police Officer

Oak Forest, Illinois



Oak Forest Police Department

15440 S. Central Avenue

Oak Forest, IL 60452

Phone: 708-687-4050 ext. 1020 

Fax: 708-687-8817    




Salary: $42,378 - $81,192

Population: 28,700 

Sworn Officers: 42 

Application Deadline: 12/7/11







The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of the City of Oak Forest, Illinois will conduct an examination for the purpose of providing a combined eligibility/lateral transfer list of persons qualified to be appointed to the position of Police Officer for the Oak Forest Police Department.




  • You must have passed your 21st birthday but not have attained your 35th birthday by the application return date or otherwise qualify as provided by 65ILCS 5/10-2.1-6.

  • Education requirements are a High School diploma or equivalent.

  • You must possess a valid driver’s license in good standing.

  • Applicants must meet all other eligibility requirements as provided by the Illinois Compiled Statutes and the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of the City of Oak Forest.


Applications will be available 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at:


Oak Forest City Clerk’s Office

15440 South Central Avenue

Oak Forest, Illinois


A $25 fee is due at time of application.


Completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office no later than 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2011.


The testing procedure includes, but is not limited to, mandatory orientation, written test, physical agility test and other tests and examinations to be determined by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.



All applicants must attend the orientation session on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in:


Oak Forest City Hall Chambers

15440 South Central Avenue

Oak Forest, Illinois


The written examination will follow at 7:30 p.m.  Applicants passing the written examination will be invited back for a physical assessment.


The City of Oak Forest is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


By Order of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of the City of Oak Forest.


David Nagel, Chairman

November 15, 2011




City of Oak Forest



Nature of Work


The Police Officer performs general duty police work connected with the maintenance of public safety through the enforcement of federal, state, county and local laws and does related work as required.  Police Officers are required to exercise initiative and judgment when faced with emergency situations.  Specific work assignments are made by a supervisor.



Distinguishing Features of Position


The Police Officer performs a full range of duties in routine patrol, law enforcement, preliminary investigations and traffic control for a designated area on an assigned shift.  A Police Officer’s duties range from periods of physical inactivity to situations requiring extreme physical exertion and may involve an element of danger.  Employees must be able to act without immediate supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies.



Illustrative Examples of Work


The work is performed utilizing independent judgment and necessary coordinated resources.  Examples of work include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and/or weapons.

  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.

  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.

  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle during daytime or nighttime, in emergency situations involving speeds in excess limits, in congested traffic and on unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow. 

  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.

  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers. 

  • Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement vehicles, lifting carrying and dragging heavy objects; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces; and using tools to gain entrance through barriers.

  • Load, unload, aim and fire handguns, shotguns, and other approved agency firearms from a variety of body positions under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.

  • Conduct searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.

  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.

  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol, assignments to bicycle patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.

  • Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.

  • Demonstrating communication skills in court and other formal settings.

  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions.

  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.

  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging, and carrying people from particular areas.

  • Process and transport prisoners and subjects requiring psychological care using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.

  • Put on and operate a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.

  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.

  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.

  • Process arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked and/or digital fingerprint impressions.

  • Maintain and use efficiently all department issued equipment (i.e. weapon, vehicle, and uniform) in a clean and functional fashion.

  • Monitor work practices and worksite conditions to maintain personal safety in the performance of emergency and routine tasks.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.

  • Required Knowledge, Skill and Ability

  • Good knowledge of the principles and practices of police work.

  • Good knowledge of the laws and ordinances governing local law enforcement.

  • Good knowledge of first aid.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other department personnel and the general public.

  • Ability to think clearly in high stress and emergency situations.

  • Ability to use good professional judgment.

  • Ability to maintain firearms certification.

  • Have a valid State of Illinois Drivers’ license.


Required Experience and Training


A high school diploma from a recognized educational institution or a high school equivalent certificate issued by any governmental body is required.


Additional credit may be given to candidates with advanced education, military experience or full-time police service experience.



Physical Demands of Position


The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk; or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds (but at times may be significantly higher).  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; and is exposed to potentially volatile situations which can present risk of violence or injury.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.











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