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Patrol Officer

Springfield, Illinois

 

 

Springfield Police Department

300 S. 7th Street, MCW Room 309

Springfield, IL 62701

Phone: 217-789-2446 

Fax: 217-789-2118    

cityofspringfieldofficeofhumanresources@cwlp.com 

Website: www.springfield.il.us

 

 

Salary: $42,155.26 - $64,854.24

Population: 120,000 

Sworn Officers: 275 

Application Deadline: 9/8/11

 

 

 

NOW TESTING SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS

POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

Application packets may be downloaded from:

 

www.springfield.il.us

 

OR

 

Picked up:

 

Office of Human Resources

300 S. 7th Street

MCW Room 309

Springfield, IL 62701

217-789-2446

 

 

Questions can also be directed to:

 

cityofspringfieldofficeofhumanresources@cwlp.com

 

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY:

 

September 8, 2011

 

 

Job Summary:

 

The patrol officer job is a uniform position sworn to uphold and enforce all laws and City ordinances, to protect lives and property, and maintain peace and order in the community, including but not limited to, patrolling in squad car, on foot, bicycle, or to control traffic, prevent crime or disturbance of the peace, and arrest violators.  The officer will: familiarize and note suspicious persons and establishments and report to superior officer; report hazards; disperse unruly crowds at public gatherings; render first aid at crashes, and investigate causes and results of traffic crashes; direct traffic around fires, parades and other disruptions; warn and arrest persons violating motor vehicle regulations and safe driving practices, monitor traffic to detect stolen vehicles, provide information and assistance to motorists; conduct preliminary investigations, write and file all facts, records, information involved on appropriate reports for possible use in court, and locate, preserve, and collect evidence of crimes and recovered property; appear in court as witness in traffic and criminal cases work; observe buildings and areas to evaluate security needs and to recommend measures to make them less vulnerable to crime, speak to community groups to inform them of crime prevention and security measures; work with neighborhood groups, organizations and individuals to address community concerns and problems to improve the quality of life in our community.

 

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • U. S Citizenship

  • No Felony Convictions or certain misdemeanors (criminal offenses
    720 ILCS 5/ Criminal Code of 1961). A cursory background check will be performed at time of application.

  • Minimum age is 21 years old (unless applicant meets the exemption listed below); on the date of the written examination (born on or before September 17, 1990)

    65 ILCS 5/10-1-7 (j)

    (j) In all municipalities, applicants who are 20 years of age and who have successfully completed 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university may be considered for appointment to active duty with the police department. An applicant described in this subsection (j) who is appointed to active duty shall not have power of arrest, nor shall the applicant be permitted to carry firearms, until he or she reaches 21 years of age.

  • Maximum age is 34 years old (unless applicant meets the exemption below) on the date of the written examination (born on after September 17, 1976)

    65 ILCS 5/10-1-12

  • If a person is placed on an eligibility list and becomes overage before he or she is appointed to a police or fire department, the person remains eligible for appointment until the list is abolished pursuant to authorized procedures. Otherwise no person who has attained the age of 36 years shall be inducted as a member of a police department and no person who has attained the age of 35 years shall be inducted as a member of a fire department, except as otherwise provided in this division. With respect to a police department, a veteran shall be allowed to exceed the maximum age provision of this Section by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active military duty. (Source: P.A. 96‑472, eff. 8‑14‑09.)

  • Birth Certificate

  • High School Diploma, GED (General Education Diploma), or Official High School Transcript that shows a graduation date in a sealed envelope

  • Must participate in and successfully complete all phases of the testing process

 

LATERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of three years experience out of the last five employed as a full time police officer in another jurisdiction whose training and experience either qualifies or would qualify the officer to become certified in the State of Illinois upon written request to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

  • Successfully pass the entry level examination as determined by the City of Springfield Civil Service Commission.

  • Satisfactory completion of all pre-employment investigations and or tests, including but not limited to psychological and medical/drug testing.

  • Does not exceed the maximum age of 34 unless previously employed as a Springfield Police Officer. If you have active military service you may exceed the maximum age according to how many years you have in the service by no more than 10 years. Refer to ILCS 5/10-1-12 for exemption.

  • A candidate may not appear on both the lateral entry and regular entry level lists.

  • A candidate must provide certification from previous law enforcement employer showing that he/she qualifies for lateral entry at the time of application. A candidate must have obtained three years of service by the date of the written exam attended by that candidate.

  • An individual who has been on a lateral entry list for 18 months and has not been certified for hire shall be removed from that list.

 

 

BENEFITS:

 

Salary  Monthly Annual
Cadet $3,512.94 $42,155.26
1st Year Probationary $3,783.17 $45,397.97
2nd Year Probationary $4,323.62 $51,883.40
3rd Year Probationary $4,864.07 $58,368.82
1st Year Patrol Officer $5,404.52 $64,854.24
     
  • Longevity Pay

  • Shift Differential

  • Overtime Pay

  • Medical Insurance

  • Vacation Accrual

  • Life Insurance

  • Sick Leave Accrual

  • Dental Insurance

  • Personal Days

  • Paid Holidays

  • Uniforms/Weapons/Gear

  • Flexible Benefits Plan

  • Pension Plan

  • Deferred Compensation

  • Direct Deposit of Payroll

       

ILLINOIS STATE COMPILED STATUTES:

 

Sec. 10‑1‑7. Examination of applicants; disqualifications.

 

(a) All applicants for offices or places in the classified service, except those mentioned in Section 10‑1‑17, are subject to examination. The examination shall be public, competitive, and open to all citizens of the United States, with specified limitations as to residence, age, health, habits and moral character.


(b) Residency requirements in effect at the time an individual enters the fire or police service of a municipality (other than a municipality that has more than 1,000,000 inhabitants) cannot be made more restrictive for that individual during his or her period of service for that municipality, or be made a condition of promotion, except for the rank or position of Fire or Police Chief.


(c) No person with a record of misdemeanor convictions except those under Sections 11‑1.50, 11‑6, 11‑7, 11‑9, 11‑14, 11‑15, 11‑17, 11‑18, 11‑19, 11‑30, 11‑35, 12‑2, 12‑6, 12‑15, 14‑4, 16‑1, 21.1‑3, 24‑3.1, 24‑5, 25‑1, 28‑3, 31‑1, 31‑4, 31‑6, 31‑7, 32‑1, 32‑2, 32‑3, 32‑4, and 32‑8, subdivisions (a)(1) and (a)(2)(C) of Section 11‑14.3, and subsections (1), (6) and (8) of Section 24‑1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or arrested for any cause but not convicted on that cause shall be disqualified from taking the examination on grounds of habits or moral character, unless the person is attempting to qualify for a position on the police department, in which case the conviction or arrest may be considered as a factor in determining the person's habits or moral character.


(d) Persons entitled to military preference under Section 10‑1‑16 shall not be subject to limitations specifying age unless they are applicants for a position as a fireman or a policeman having no previous employment status as a fireman or policeman in the regularly constituted fire or police department of the municipality, in which case they must not have attained their 35th birthday, except any person who has served as an auxiliary police officer under Section 3.1‑30‑20 for at least 5 years and is under 40 years of age.


(e) All employees of a municipality of less than 500,000 population (except those who would be excluded from the classified service as provided in this Division 1) who are holding that employment as of the date a municipality adopts this Division 1, or as of July 17, 1959, whichever date is the later, and who have held that employment for at least 2 years immediately before that later date, and all firemen and policemen regardless of length of service who were either appointed to their respective positions by the board of fire and police commissioners under the provisions of Division 2 of this Article or who are serving in a position (except as a temporary employee) in the fire or police department in the municipality on the date a municipality adopts this Division 1, or as of July 17, 1959, whichever date is the later, shall become members of the classified civil service of the municipality without examination.


(f) The examinations shall be practical in their character, and shall relate to those matters that will fairly test the relative capacity of the persons examined to discharge the duties of the positions to which they seek to be appointed. The examinations shall include tests of physical qualifications, health, and (when appropriate) manual skill. If an applicant is unable to pass the physical examination solely as the result of an injury received by the applicant as the result of the performance of an act of duty while working as a temporary employee in the position for which he or she is being examined, however, the physical examination shall be waived and the applicant shall be considered to have passed the examination. No questions in any examination shall relate to political or religious opinions or affiliations. Results of examinations and the eligible registers prepared from the results shall be published by the commission within 60 days after any examinations are held.


(g) The commission shall control all examinations, and may, whenever an examination is to take place, designate a suitable number of persons, either in or not in the official service of the municipality, to be examiners. The examiners shall conduct the examinations as directed by the commission and shall make a return or report of the examinations to the commission. If the appointed examiners are in the official service of the municipality, the examiners shall not receive extra compensation for conducting the examinations. The commission may at any time substitute any other person, whether or not in the service of the municipality, in the place of any one selected as an examiner. The commission members may themselves at any time act as examiners without appointing examiners. The examiners at any examination shall not all be members of the same political party.


(h) In municipalities of 500,000 or more population, no person who has attained his or her 35th birthday shall be eligible to take an examination for a position as a fireman or a policeman unless the person has had previous employment status as a policeman or fireman in the regularly constituted police or fire department of the municipality, except as provided in this Section.


(i) In municipalities of more than 5,000 but not more than 200,000 inhabitants, no person who has attained his or her 35th birthday shall be eligible to take an examination for a position as a fireman or a policeman unless the person has had previous employment status as a policeman or fireman in the regularly constituted police or fire department of the municipality, except as provided in this Section.


(j) In all municipalities, applicants who are 20 years of age and who have successfully completed 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university may be considered for appointment to active duty with the police department. An applicant described in this subsection (j) who is appointed to active duty shall not have power of arrest, nor shall the applicant be permitted to carry firearms, until he or she reaches 21 years of age.


(k) In municipalities of more than 500,000 population, applications for examination for and appointment to positions as firefighters or police shall be made available at various branches of the public library of the municipality.


(l) No municipality having a population less than 1,000,000 shall require that any fireman appointed to the lowest rank serve a probationary employment period of longer than one year. The limitation on periods of probationary employment provided in this amendatory Act of 1989 is an exclusive power and function of the State. Pursuant to subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution, a home rule municipality having a population less than 1,000,000 must comply with this limitation on periods of probationary employment, which is a denial and limitation of home rule powers. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section, the probationary employment period limitation may be extended for a firefighter who is required, as a condition of employment, to be a certified paramedic, during which time the sole reason that a firefighter may be discharged without a hearing is for failing to meet the requirements for paramedic certification.
(Source: P.A. 96‑1551, eff. 7‑1‑11.)

 

 

(65 ILCS 5/10‑1‑12) (from Ch. 24, par. 10‑1‑12)
 

Sec. 10‑1‑12. Register; eligibility list. From the returns or reports of the examiners, or from the examinations made by the commission, the commission shall prepare a register for each grade or class of positions in the classified service of such municipality of the persons whose general average standing upon examination for such grade or class is not less than the minimum fixed by the rules of such commission, and who are otherwise eligible. Such persons shall take rank upon the register as candidates in the order of their relative excellence as determined by examination, without reference to priority of time of examination.


Within 60 days after each examination, an eligibility list shall be posted by the Commission, which shall show the final grades of the candidates without reference to priority of time of examination and subject to claim for military credit. Candidates who are eligible for military credit shall make a claim in writing within 10 days after posting of the eligibility list or such claim shall be deemed waived. Appointment shall be subject to a final physical examination.


If a person is placed on an eligibility list and becomes overage before he or she is appointed to a police or fire department, the person remains eligible for appointment until the list is abolished pursuant to authorized procedures. Otherwise no person who has attained the age of 36 years shall be inducted as a member of a police department and no person who has attained the age of 35 years shall be inducted as a member of a fire department, except as otherwise provided in this division. With respect to a police department, a veteran shall be allowed to exceed the maximum age provision of this Section by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active military duty.

(Source: P.A. 96‑472, eff. 8‑14‑09.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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