Police Officer

City of Elgin


Contact Information


City of Elgin
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120

Phone Number:

  • 847-931-6049

Fax Number:

  • 847-931-5906

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 08/31/20


  • Starting: $71,759

Sworn Officers:

  • 184


  • 110,000

Position Details

The City of Elgin, Illinois seeks highly qualified police officer candidates.

Founded in 1836 and located 35 miles northwest of Chicago, Elgin is proud of its diversity in demographics and culture. From its revitalized downtown area, including the award-winning Riverwalk and the Hemmens Cultural Center, to its many comfortable neighborhoods, four historic districts, 1,600 acre parks system and extensive regional recreational assets, Elgin offers a unique quality of life, whether one is interested in city or suburban living. Elgin's motto, "The City in the Suburbs", embodies a celebration of Elgin's past, enjoyment of the present, and the promise of Elgin's future.

Candidates must meet and submit the following required documentation by the application deadline of August 31, 2020:

  • Copy of birth certificate / Naturalization papers if born outside of US
  • Candidates must be 21 years of age or older by August 31, 2020
  • Candidates may not be older than 35 by August 31, 2020, unless you have previous employment as a full-time Police Officer in another municipality. Veterans shall be allowed to exceed the maximum age requirement by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active duty.
  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States or an alien admitted for permanent residence or lawfully admitted for temporary residence and can produce evidence of intention to become a citizen of the United States
  • Copy of a valid driver's license
  • Copy of Military Separation papers (DD 214), if applicable. Five additional points will be given on the eligibility list to those candidates who have 1 or more years of active duty military experience with an honorable discharge.
  • Copy of valid Power Test Card issued between April 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 or pass the physical agility test during the written test given by the City of Elgin Police Department at one of the dates listed below.

Candidates must meet and submit the following required documentation by August 31, 2020 for this requirement:

Must meet ONE of the following requirements and provide a copy of a college transcript/diploma:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college
  • 60 credit hours of college credit and have (3) years of full-time Police Officer experience
  • 60 credit hours of college credit and have (3) years of active duty in the United States military
  • 60 credit hours of college credit and be a current City of Elgin full-time employee with at least (3) years of full-time employment with the City of Elgin
  • 60 credit hours of college credit and have participated in the Elgin Police Department Explorer Program with at least four (4) years of participation and with not less than 400 hours of volunteer time in the program.
  • An associate's degree of applied science in criminal justice from Elgin Community College.

Written Examination Candidates have two options for completing the written examination. You may take the written examination with the City of Elgin or through the National Testing Network Inc.


The City of Elgin administers our written examination through National Testing Network, Inc. You must fill out an application and schedule a written examination through National Testing Network by going to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, selecting "Police Officer Jobs" and sign up for the City of Elgin under "Illinois".

What you will do on the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:

  • Complete an application
  • Review and confirm once again the information and minimum requirements for the City of Elgin police officer position
  • Find detailed information about the testing process for the written examination
  • Schedule your own examination time and location that is convenient for you

Available dates for the test are listed under each of the different testing sites. The last day to take a test to qualify for the City of Elgin position is August 31, 2020. The fee for the test is $49.00. Submit your voucher code at the time of payment to reduce the cost to $39.00. The voucher is only good toward scheduling a test with the City of Elgin through National Testing Network. If it is not used at payment time you will be responsible for the entire amount of the test. The City will not retroactively reimburse the $10.00 credit.

You will have the opportunity to take an online practice test at ergopracticetests.com for an additional fee, if you choose.


The City of Elgin Police Department will be conducting the written examination on specific dates. There is no cost for taking the test if you take it at the Elgin Police Department at one of the dates listed below. The examination consists of the same written examination given by National Testing Network, and will include a physical agility portion that will satisfy the Power Test card requirement for those applicants that need the Power Test Certification. The physical agility portion of this test is optional and is not required if you already have a Power Test Certification.

Check the City of Elgin website for available dates and times:


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