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.
Convictions or certain misdemeanors (criminal offenses
720 ILCS 5/ Criminal Code of 1961). A cursory background check will be
performed at time of application.
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.
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.)
School Diploma, GED (General Education Diploma), or Official High School
Transcript that shows a graduation date in a sealed envelope
participate in and successfully complete all phases of the testing process
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.
pass the entry level examination as determined by the City of Springfield
Civil Service Commission.
completion of all pre-employment investigations and or tests, including but
not limited to psychological and medical/drug testing.
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.
may not appear on both the lateral entry and regular entry level lists.
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.
who has been on a lateral entry list for 18 months and has not been certified
for hire shall be removed from that list.
1st Year Probationary
2nd Year Probationary
3rd Year Probationary
1st Year Patrol Officer
Flexible Benefits Plan
Direct Deposit of Payroll
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
(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
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