Lateral Police Officer

Village of Elmwood Park

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Contact Information

Address:

Village of Elmwood Park
11 Conti Parkway
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Phone:

  • 708-452-3924

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • NA

Salary:

  • Starting: $98,341.00

    Upon hire, lateral entry candidates may be placed at the contractual step pay.

    Lateral candidates shall be considered entry-level employees in all other ways including, but not limited to, shift seniority and vacation time selection.

    Probationary Period:

    Lateral entry candidates are subject to a 12-month probationary period, which may be extended for unsatisfactory performance and/or extended period(s) of leave.

    OUR BENEFITS INCLUDE:

    • Paid Personal, Sick, Vacation Days (6 days upon hire), and 13 Paid Holidays
    • Life Insurance Policy paid by the Village
    • Police Pension
    • Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance
    • Deferred Compensation Options
    • Uniform Allowance
    • Comprehensive Continued Training
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Education Stipend
    • Employee Assistance and Wellness Programs
    • State of the Art Facility and Equipment
    • 6 On/3 Off, 8.5 Hour Work Schedule 

Sworn:

  • 38

Population:

  • 25,000

Position Details

APPLY ON THE VILLAGE OF ELMWOOD PARK WEBSITE AT:

Elmwood Park Police Lateral Application - Village of Elmwood Park

Under general supervision, performs police patrol, traffic control and enforcement, initial investigations into criminal and noncriminal activity and related functions involving the safety and protection of life and property. Promotes crime prevention, apprehends criminals, and enforces local ordinances, State and Federal laws and regulations in a designated area of an assigned shift.

Examination Process:

The examinations of lateral entry candidates shall be job-related and practical in character and relate to those matters which will fairly test the capacity of the persons examined to discharge the duties of the position.

  • The initial examination of candidates may include:
    • Oral Interview(s)
    • Background Investigation
    • Polygraph Exam
  • Candidates receiving a conditional offer of employment may be required to pass the following:
    • Psychological Exam
    • Medical Exam, Including Drug Screening 

Eligibility List:

Acceptable candidates shall be placed on a new or current lateral entry eligibility list in alphabetical order, from which the Village Human Resources Department and/or Chief of Police may select at their discretion to fill vacancies depending on qualifications and experience. Acceptable candidates will remain on lateral entry eligibility list for a period of two years.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSE:

  • Must currently serve as a full-time sworn law enforcement officer in good standing for a municipality or public law enforcement agency in a comparable position.
  • Must have a minimum one year of full-time experience.
  • Must have successfully completed the Illinois Basic Law Enforcement Academy and possess certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board or be qualified to take the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board "Out of State Reciprocity" requirements, to include:
    • Mandatory Firearms Training
    • Law for Illinois Police
    • Equivalency Exam
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License.
  • Ability to obtain a Firearm/Weapon License.
  • Must have no felony convictions and be of good moral character. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Receives briefing at shift commencement regarding general and special orders and information passed through the chain-of-command, as well as pertinent data regarding previous shift's activities.
  • Receives beat assignments and inspects assigned vehicle and weaponry for operability.
  • Responds to radio dispatched call for action and/or assistance and takes appropriate action, assists allied law enforcement and local Fire Department in emergency situations.
  • Renders first aid during emergency situations.
  • Provides assistance to citizens whenever necessary.
  • Performs or assists in thorough preliminary investigations into reported and/or observed criminal activity to include all felony, misdemeanor, local ordinances violations, and petty crimes.
  • Notifies supervisor when circumstances require backup or investigative staff.
  • Provides backup response as requested.
  • Investigates calls of a non-criminal nature to include civil disturbances, family disputes, reports of missing persons and other annoyances.
  • Assesses individual cases to determine appropriate action.
  • Follows up on truancy cases and problem minors.
  • Apprehends, arrests, and transports suspects to police holding facility for booking and temporary incarceration.
  • Performs booking of suspects according to established procedures and releases authorized personnel.
  • Transports offenders to and from County Jail facilities as necessary.
  • Patrols assigned areas by vehicle or on foot, serving as a visible deterrent to crime and remaining alert to special problems in regard to crime prevention and possible criminal activity.
  • Checks business establishments, dwellings and other buildings for signs of illegal entry.
  • Provides information and assistance to general public and investigates suspicious activity or situations.
  • Enforces Village traffic ordinances, regulates traffic, serving as a visible deterrent, promotes traffic safety, performs speed control activities, and issues citations to violators of the Illinois Motors Vehicle Code and the Municipal Code for the Village of Elmwood Park.
  • Arrests or warns persons guilty of violating motor vehicle regulations and safe driving practices.
  • Monitors passing traffic to detect stolen vehicles and arrests drivers where ownership is not apparent.
  • Prepares, maintains, and forwards all requisite reports and records of activities.
  • Reviews all reports and sources of information that aid in the proper disposition of assigned cases.
  • Prepares cases for court presentation and provides relevant testimony in court.
  • Performs community relations duties as assigned.
  • Provides road information and assistance to motorists.



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