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Police Officer

Crystal Lake, Illinois



City of Crystal Lake

100 W. Woodstock Street

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-356-3653

Fax: 815-356-3690





Salary: $61,505 - $94,744

Population: 40,743

Sworn Officers: 67

Application Deadline: 10/6/17 @ 4 PM







Invites applications for the position of:

Police Officer



The Crystal Lake Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Testing is being conducted to fill full-time Police Officer positions and to establish an Eligibility List for future available positions.



Applications are available at:


until October 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CST



You must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • $25.00 non-refundable application fee (Payable to City of Crystal Lake by 10/19/2017)

  • U.S. Citizenship

  • No Felony Convictions

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent

  • ONE of the following:

    • 60 credit hours of completed coursework from a regionally accredited college or university; OR

    • Two (2) years of full-time active and continuous military service in the United States Armed Forces with an honorable discharge; OR

    • Service within the past 12 months PRIOR to application deadline (10/6/2017) as a full-time certified police officer at another jurisdiction for a minimum of one (1) year.

  • Valid Driver’s License

  • Applicant must be 21 years of age at time of application deadline, and UNDER 35 years of age at time of application deadline, except as otherwise determined by State Statute.

  • Must possess a current and valid NIPSTA POWER Test card issued within 12 months PRIOR to the written exam date (cards considered valid only if issued 10/21/2016 – 10/21/2017 – candidates taking the POWER test after 10/6/2017 are required to bring a photocopy of the valid POWER Test card on test day).

  • Meet Visual Acuity Standard of correctable to 20/20 and shall not be color blind.

  • Residency within 40 nautical miles of the Municipal Complex upon completion of probationary period.

  • Completion and submission of an online application and all required documentation (see attached checklist) by the deadline of Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CST.

All portions of the testing process are mandatory. Failure to attend and complete any portion of the process will result in elimination from employment consideration.


Written Exam/Orientation Information:


Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 8:00 a.m.


Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge High School

6000 Dvorak Road

Crystal Lake, IL 60012

You are required to arrive at the testing location no later than 8:00 a.m. with photo identification (valid Driver’s License or State ID) to sign-in. NO LATE ADMITTANCE.


The Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake Police Department bases 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 Crystal Lake Police Department complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Persons needing accommodations in the recruitment process should notify the City of Crystal Lake Human Resources Department in advance.


All information contained in or connected with this application will be considered personal and confidential to the extent possible or permitted by law and used only in conjunction with your possible employment by the Crystal Lake Police Department. Please furnish us with complete information as outlined in this application.


Any questions concerning the employment process should be directed to:


Julie Meyer, Director of Human Resources

City of Crystal Lake

(815) 356-3653


Selection Process:

Each phase of the process is pass/fail and required to proceed to the next. Candidates who successfully pass the written exam will be invited to participate in an on-site interview to be held during October. An eligibility list of applicants will be established in numerical order based on a minimum passing score on the written examination and oral interview, which we anticipate posting by December 1, 2017. The Eligibility List is valid for a period of two years from the date of certification or until the list is expunged. Further participation in our process will take place as vacancies occur. Applicants will be invited, in rank order, to participate in and successfully advance through the following steps:

  • Basic interview with representatives of the Police and Human Resources Department

  • Character and background investigation

  • Polygraph Examination

  • In-depth interview with representatives of the Police and Human Resources Department

  • Post-offer examinations including but not limited to psychological evaluation, medical examination, vision screening and drug screening.

  • All appointments are subject to a probationary period.













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