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Police Officer

Wauconda Police Department

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Wauconda Police Department

Wauconda, IL 60084

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 02/20/23
  • @ 4:00 PM (CST)

Salary:

  • Starting: $75,614.18 (effective 5/1/2022)

    FOP Contract available for viewing on the Village of Wauconda website, transparency portal (FOP currently in contract negotiations).

    Benefits Package:

    • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
    • Village Paid $100k Life Insurance
    • Police Officer Pension
    • 10 Days Vacation after first full year of employment
    • College Tuition Reimbursement
    • 5/3 Scheduling
    • Fitness Facility
    • Uniform Allowance

Sworn:

  • 35

Population:

  • 14,200

Position Details

Entry-Level Police Officer Hiring Process

Wauconda Police Department

Wauconda, Illinois

The Board of Police Commissioners of the Village of Wauconda, Illinois is accepting applications for the position of police officer with the Wauconda Police Department.

About the Village:

The Village of Wauconda is located in west central Lake County about 45 miles northeast of the City of Chicago. As the Village undergoes growth, the Wauconda Police Department is looking for the best people available to become police officers. Future growth, advancement, potential, salary and benefits are considered excellent.

About the Department:

The Wauconda Police Department employs 35 sworn police officers: 25 full-time and 10 part-time, and 2 full-time and 5 part-time civilian employees. Patrol Officers currently work permanent shifts, which are bid by seniority on a yearly basis and a 5-days worked/3-days off, 9-hour schedule. The Department is responsible for providing the community with professional law enforcement service and the protection of all persons and property.

The Police Department is divided into four primary divisions: administration, investigations, patrol, and support services. The Administrative Division is comprised of the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, and one executive assistant. The Patrol Division has one Operations Commander, three Sergeants, 18 Patrol Officers, and two part-time Community Service Officers. The Marine Unit falls under the Patrol Division which consists of a part-time Sergeant and nine part-time Marine Unit Officers. The Investigations Division consists of one Detective Sergeant, two Detectives, and one School Resource Officer.

The Support Services Division is comprised of one administrative assistant, and three part-time support services clerks to perform the daily records functions and monitor the front lobby. The Wauconda Police Department offers numerous specialty positions for officers, including, but not limited to: Bicycle Patrol Officer, Public Information Officer, Evidence Technician, K-9, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Officer, Lake County Special Investigations Group (LCSIG), Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) officer, Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS), and Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT).

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements established by the Village of Wauconda:

  • U.S. citizenship -OR- legal permanent residency (green card holder)
  • No felony convictions
  • Applicants who are 20 years of age -AND- have successfully completed two (2) years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university shall be eligible to take the initial examination.  Any such applicant who is appointed under this provision shall not have power of arrest, or be permitted to carry a firearm until he/she reaches 21 years of age. All other applicants not having such college education MUST be 21 years of age, -AND- have not yet attained age 35, unless meeting certain exceptions as indicated under State Statute  
  • Possess a valid state-issued Driver's License 
  • Possess an Associate's Degree -OR- the equivalent of at least 60 credit hours at an accredited college, university or junior college (official transcripts will be required at the background investigation stage)
  • Possess a valid POWER test card -OR- equivalent criteria as per the State standard, issued within 6 months prior to the written exam date (February 18, 2023)
    • Only POWER Test Cards issued by NIPSTA, Triton College, or Joliet Junior College will be accepted
  • Residency within 25 miles of the Village of Wauconda at time of hire
  • Successful completion of a written examination and mandatory candidate orientation session
  • After posting of the entry level eligibility roster, the following steps will be required prior to hire: successfully passing of an oral interview, credit/background investigation, psychological  and polygraph examinations, medical examination, and drug testing
  • Pay a $45.00 non-refundable application processing fee
  • Submit application and all required documentation no later than Monday, February 20, 2023 at 4:00 PM (CST)
  • Participate in mandatory orientation and written examination testing on Saturday, March 4, 2023

Preference points will be awarded as determined by the Village of Wauconda for the following:

  • Military:  Persons who were engaged in the military or naval service of the United States for at least one year, and were honorably discharged.  A copy of Form DD-214 (indicating status of discharge).

To apply for this position or obtain additional information, please visit the following website:

www.applytoserve.com

The Village of Wauconda is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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