Applications must be
received in the Human Resources office by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Additional documents are not required at this time.
candidates will be made according to the Civil Service laws for cities, as
modified by the City Code of the City of Decatur, Illinois.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:
As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Decatur encourages all potential
applicants, regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin or
ancestry, to apply for positions with the City of Decatur Police Department.
Minorities are encouraged to apply.
To be eligible to take part in the application process for Police Patrol
Officer, applicants must possess the following qualifications:
At the time of the
physical fitness test, applicant must be not less than twenty-one (21) years of
age or over thirty-five (35) years of age; provided, however, that in cases
where an applicant has had special training or experience in police related
work, the Commission may, at its discretion, accept applicants thirty-six (36)
years of age or older with one (1) year of increased age allowed for each year
of actual service. The maximum of such age allowance shall be four (4) years.
Applicant must have no
felony convictions. Applicant with a record of misdemeanor convictions may be
disqualified from taking examinations as set forth in 65 ILCS 5/10-1-7(c).
Applicant may not be
prohibited by any court action and/or state or federal statute from carrying a
Applicant must have a
high school diploma or equivalent.
At time of appointment, a Police Patrol Officer must be a United States citizen
and must possess a valid Illinois driverís license. Prior to appointment,
eligible applicants must be accepted for membership in the Decatur Police
Pension Fund. Generally, applicants must also be in good health, be of good
moral character and not possess an adverse police record. Applicants should
possess physical strength and agility sufficient to handle aggressive
situations, be able to work under adverse weather conditions, be able to think
and act quickly in emergency situations and possess good general intelligence
and emotional stability.
Police Patrol Officers may be required to maintain physical fitness standards
throughout their careers.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT ASSESSMENT PROCESS:
Physical Fitness Test:
All applicants must pass the physical fitness Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation
Report (POWER) test to be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Applicants will be
notified of the location and time of their physical fitness test upon receipt of
application. The physical fitness test will include the following:
A. Sit and Reach Test:
This test measures flexibility, the ability of a joint to move through its full
range of motion.
B. 1-Minute Sit-up Test: This test measures muscular endurance, the ability to
contract the muscle repeatedly over a period of time.
C. 1 Repetition Maximum Bench Press Test: This test measures muscular strength,
the amount of force a muscle can produce with a single maximum effort.
D. 1.5 Mile Run Test: This test measures cardiovascular endurance, the ability
to perform prolonged, large muscle, dynamic exercise at moderate-to-high levels
Applicants passing the physical fitness test must take a written exam, also
scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2017. Applicants passing the physical fitness
test will be notified of the location and time of the written test. The written
examination consists of four sections: Observation and Memory; Written
Communication and Report Writing; Reading and Understanding Written Information;
and Reasoning and Analytical Ability. Applicants are required to have an
average overall score of at least 70.00% and a minimum score of at least 60.00%
in any one section.
Applicants remaining in the process will be scheduled for an oral interview.
Investigation: The position of police officer requires a great deal of public
trust and carries a tremendous amount of responsibility. The background
questionnaire will be distributed at the written examination and must be
completed and returned by the due date on the questionnaire. Candidates must be
of good moral character and will be subject to a thorough background
investigation, including, but not limited to, police records check; credit
check; inquiries of neighbors, relatives, employers, and other references.
Candidates may be eliminated from the process at any time based on adverse
information obtained from the background investigation. This includes
information discovered about the candidate that would reflect negatively upon
the Decatur Police Department if the candidate was hired. A conviction record
may be considered on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily disqualify a
candidate. However, Illinois State law precludes appointment as a police officer
with any felony conviction or any disqualifying conviction as set forth in 65
ILCS 5/10-1-7(c). As part of the background investigation process, applicants
will be mandated to participate in a ride-along. Applicants that do not
participate in the ride-along will be eliminated from the pre-employment
process. They will be required to write a one page synopsis of their ride-along
experience. Candidates are expected to dress in business casual clothing for
the ride-along. T-shirts, jeans and shorts are prohibited.
Eligible veterans may receive 5 veteran preference points added to their final
examination score in accordance with 65 ILCS 5/10-1-16.
Psychological Testing: Applicants placed on the eligible register must pass a
physical examination including a drug test by a physician of the Commission's
choice following an offer of employment. Applicants will also be subject to a
psychological evaluation. Final appointment is contingent upon the passing of
all of these components.
Eligibility Register: Applicants who are placed on the eligible register will
be selected by the Chief of Police.
Work involves protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws
and ordinances, and general police assignment including field patrol,
preliminary complaint and criminal investigation, traffic control and accident
investigation. Duties involve an element of personal danger and require that
Police Patrol Officers act without direct supervision and exercise independent
judgment in meeting emergencies.
Police Patrol Officers shall reside within the corporate limits of Macon County,
or within the corporate limits of any municipality extending into Macon County
within 90 days following the completion of their probationary period. This
position requires a one-year probationary period.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
$53,796 starting rate
$63,490 after 3 years
ANNUAL BASE RATE:
$55,148 after 6 months $67,953 after 4 years
$56,484 after 1 year
$70,671 after 7 years
$60,468 after 2 years
$81,035 starting base
ANNUAL BASE RATE:
$86,732 after 6 months
2% of base rate after 5
4% of base rate after 10
6% of base rate after 15
9% of base rate after 20
12% of base rate after
K-9 Patrol - 5% of base
in addition to base rate & longevity
Investigations - 10% of
base in addition to base rate & longevity
Master Patrol - 5% in
addition to base rate & longevity
There is shift
differential pay for 2nd and 3rd shifts, and uniforms are provided by the City
2 weeks after completion
of 1 year of service
3 weeks after completion
of 7 years of service
4 weeks after completion
of 14 years of service
5 weeks after completion
of 20 years of service
6 weeks after completion
of 25 years of service
benefits; retirement at 50% of salary at age 55 with 20 years of service, to a
maximum of 75% of salary at 30 years. The City contributes to the Police
Pension Fund. Police Officers also contribute at the rate of 9.91% of gross
pay. Employee contributions are refundable if employment ends before
retirement. Police Officers do not contribute to Social Security; however, they
contribute to Medicare at the rate of 1.45% of gross pay.
The City offers
Preferred Provider Option (PPO) health insurance coverage for employees and
their dependents. Employees contribute to the cost for single coverage and/or
family coverage through payroll deduction. The City provides group life
insurance in the amount of $25,000 for each employee at no cost to the
employee. Dependent coverage is available. Employees may participate in a
voluntary group dental insurance plan and a voluntary group vision plan.
Deferred compensation is also available.
City of Decatur
#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, Illinois 62523 www.decaturil.gov