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
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
$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
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
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
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
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
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
Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving
information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and
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
Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate
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.