Lateral Police Officer

Village of La Grange

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Contact Information

Address:

Village of La Grange
53 S. La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525

Phone:

  • 708-579-2333 ext 350

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 06/16/24
  • @ 11:59 PM

Salary:

  • Starting:

    • Qualified applicants with at least 2 years of experience but less than 3 years of experience: $86,816 (as of May 1, 2024)
    • Qualified applicants with 3 years plus of experience: $92,107 - $97,724 (as of May 1, 2024)

    Work Schedule:

    12-hour shifts, work schedule (0600-1800) and (1800-0600)

Sworn:

  • 28

Population:

  • 16,321

Position Details

The La Grange Police Department is seeking a diverse pool of applicants for the position of Police Officer.

Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain the best and brightest from all walks of life and backgrounds. We believe every member of our police department must feel respected, be treated fairly and be provide the opportunity to excel.

La Grange (pop. 16,321) is a vibrant community offering walkable and charming neighborhoods surrounding a bustling downtown that features dozens of diverse restaurants, numerous independent shops, and national retail tenants. Located at the crossroads of La Grange Road, Ogden Avenue, and the Metra BNSF line, over 50,000 vehicles, commuters, and pedestrians stream through downtown La Grange every day.

The La Grange Police Department provides excellent service to the community and values continual improvement. The Police Department is a valued facet of the community. The department's high visibility provides an opportunity to preserve and promote community safety through quality service to residents, business owners, and visitors. The department is comprised of 35 full-time employees, including 28 sworn officers and 5 civilian employees (2 parking enforcement officers, 2 records specialists and a support services manager), as well as 2 part-time officers. There is a Deputy Chief, 6 Sergeants, and 20 patrol officers in addition to the Police Chief.

Police Department Mission:

The men and women of the La Grange Police Department are committed to the delivery of professional police services through our knowledge, skills, and abilities. We are empowered by the community we serve, and we pledge to create partnerships with the community while maintaining order through the equitable enforcement of laws, objective and impartial treatment of others, and by being courteous, polite, responsive and accountable to the community. We are dedicated to protecting lives, protecting property and protecting the rights of individuals and are guided by the principles of professional conduct, ethical behavior, honesty, and a high degree of integrity.

Our mission includes the objective of creating an environment where people live safely and without fear. The members of the La Grange Police Department subscribe to the philosophy of community-orientated policing, crime prevention, and problem solving. We pledge collectively and individually to be service oriented, and constantly improve ourselves in order to meet the present and future challenges of our Community. In accomplishing the mission, we have adopted the motto "Pride and Professionalism".

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications and requirements at the time of application and hire:

  • State of Illinois certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB)
    • Part-time certification as a law enforcement officer; corrections officer certification; and/or military law enforcement training DO NOT meet this requirement.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • High school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university by time of appointment. The requirement shall be waived if one or more of the following applies: The applicant has served for 24 months of honorable active duty in the United States Armed Forces and has not been discharged dishonorably or under circumstances other than honorable; or the applicant has served for 180 days of active duty in the United States Armed Forces in combat duty recognized by the Department of Defense and has not been discharged dishonorably or under circumstances other than honorable.
  • Experience – at least 2 years continuous experience as a current full-time sworn officer in good standing
  • Valid driver's license
  • Valid FOID card
  • No felony convictions
  • Must be physically able to perform the essential duties of the position
  • Must have at least 20/100 binocular vision without glasses, correctable to 20/20 with glasses, and shall not be color blind
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position, including providing copies of any requested employment-related materials or other documents to confirm or verify information, and have the ability to pass all examination and training requirements. The Village of La Grange reserves the right to re-verify candidate qualifications at any time during the screening and hiring process.
  • The Village of La Grange requires all employees to enter into an expense reimbursement agreement upon hire.

Selection Process:

An offer of employment is contingent on passing all required screenings and examinations.

  • There is no guarantee of an interview or further consideration for candidates submitting an application. Inclusion in any lateral entry candidate screening process shall be based upon the relative excellence of the candidate's qualifications and the hiring needs of the Department at the time of review.
  • Selected candidates will be invited to a Command Staff interview to assess the candidate's qualifications and compatibility with the La Grange Police Department.
  • Candidates who pass the Command Staff Interview will then be invited to participate in an oral interview conducted by the Village of La Grange Board of Fire and Police Commissioners (BOFPC). Upon recommendation by the interview committee, qualified candidates will be placed on an eligibility list that will have a two-year expiration date after being posted. The list may expire sooner than two years if the BOFPC decides to revoke the list.
  • Candidates may receive a conditional offer of employment and participate in additional post-offer screenings and examinations, including but not limited to: polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, character and background investigation, credit check, medical examination, and drug/alcohol screening. Candidates must receive a satisfactory evaluation on each screening or examination in order to proceed in the selection process. Failure to achieve a satisfactory evaluation on any screening or examination shall result in immediate disqualification from further consideration.
  • New lateral police officers are subject to an 18-month probationary period. 

To apply for this position, please visit the La Grange Employment Opportunities webpage:

www.lagrangeil.gov/Jobs

OR

Download:

LATERAL APPLICATION

Application Submission Deadline:

11:59 PM on Sunday, June 16, 2024

Applications can be dropped off and directed to the attention of the Chief of Police Timothy Griffin at:

La Grange Police Department

304 W. Burlington Avenue

La Grange, IL 60525

OR

Emailed to:

tgriffin@lagrangeil.gov

Questions should be directed to the Chief of Police Timothy Griffin at:

708-579-2333 extension 350

OR

tgriffin@lagrangeil.gov

The La Grange Police Department accepts for employment and promotes its employees without regard to perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military status, order of protection status, physical or mental handicap unrelated to ability to perform the essential job functions, or any other status or class protected by federal, state, or local law. The La Grange Police Department establishes its hiring practices and promotions on merit, experience, education, and other qualifications applied to all applicants and in accordance with the principles of equal employment opportunity and as required by any other applicable federal, state, or local law. The La Grange Police Department complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).



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