Police Officer (Entry Level)

City of Highland Park

Highland Park Police Department

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Contact Information

Address:

City of Highland Park
Attn: Highland Park Police Department
1707 St. Johns Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035

Phone Number:

  • 847-926-1013

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 05/17/21
  • @ 5:00 PM

Salary:

  • $74,966.42 - $103,528.05

Sworn Officers:

  • 50

Population:

  • 30,000

Position Details

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of the City of Highland Park is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.

Applications are being received by the City of Highland Park. There is no charge to complete an application with the City.

If you have any questions, please:

Visit the website:

www.cityhpil.com

OR

Call:

847-926-1013

OR

Email:

hr@cityhpil.com

Applicants must complete a detailed online application and attach the required documents as detailed in the full candidate packet. Prior applications will not be considered when evaluating applications filed during this recruitment period, however prior applicants are welcome to apply.

Applications must be completed and all required documents submitted by 5:00 PM on May 17, 2021.

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

Proof of meeting these requirements must be submitted during the application process described below:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Valid driver's license
  • Between the ages of 21 and 34 by the written examination date. Applications will be accepted from candidates who are 20 years old and have successfully completed 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) in the study of law enforcement at an accredited college or university
  • High school graduate or possess a GED
  • Completion of 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of college at an accredited college or university OR completion of 4 years of continuous military service
  • Successful completion of P.O.W.E.R. test within one year of the close of applications. Test cards will be accepted from any authorized P.O.W.E.R. test administrator.
  • Proof of military service to qualify for military preference points (if applicable)
  • File a completed application, and required documentation, no later than May 17, 2021.

Step 1: File an Application

Applications are accepted by the City of Highland Park online:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/highlandpark

Applicants must complete a detailed online application and attach the required documents as detailed on the website. Prior applications will not be considered when evaluating applications filed during this recruitment period, however prior applicants are welcome to apply!

Applications must be completed, and all required documents submitted, by:

May 17, 2021 - 5:00 PM

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

The entire selection process for establishing an eligibility list is expected to be approximately 90 days. Applicants are responsible for notifying Human Resources of any changes in address, phone number or email address. All such notices of changes in contact information should be submitted in writing to the City of Highland Park, Human Resources Division, 1707 St. Johns Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035.

If you have any questions, please:

Visit the website:

www.cityhpil.com

OR

Call:

847-926-1013

OR

Email:

hr@cityhpil.com

Step 2: Written Exam

Candidates who file a completed application, complete documentation and meet the minimum qualification will advance to the written exam.

The written exam will be given virtually over the dates of May 24, 2021 thru June 11, 2021. Candidates who file a completed application and required documentation no later than May 17, 2021 will be provided with the testing information.

Candidates must score a 70% or higher on the written exam to proceed further. Candidates will be notified in writing via email of their status following the written exam. The written exam is worth 20% of the total score for a candidate.

Military preference points (3 points) will be awarded to candidates who pass the written exam, who have served at least one year in the US Armed Forces during a time of hostilities with a foreign country, who have been honorably discharged or currently on active duty, and who have submitted proof of same during the application process. Candidates should be aware that military preference points may only be used for one appointment, and those using military preference points on this Police Officer exam process will not be eligible for military preference points on any future promotional process with the City of Highland Park.

Examination Bands:

Following the written examination, examination bands of applicants for further testing will be established. Applicants will be grouped in bands of 24 applicants each in order of his or her score on the written examination.

Only the first examination band will proceed through the testing process at this time. Additional examination bands remain eligible for further testing in the future as other groups are processed.

Step 3: Screening Interview & Fingerprinting

Candidates in the first examination band will proceed as follows:

Screening Interview:

The screening interview is conducted by a panel of staff members chosen by the Board. This is a preliminary interview to determine an applicant's suitability for the position of Police Officer and is a pass/fail examination element.

The Screening Interview is tentatively scheduled for June 24, 2021 and June 25, 2021. Candidates will be notified in writing via email of their scheduled interview.

AND

Fingerprinting and Preliminary Background Investigation:

Candidates will be notified of a schedule to be fingerprinted by the Highland Park Police Department. The City will conduct a character and background investigation of candidates including a criminal history check. Results will be submitted to the Board for its evaluation. Fingerprinting will be conducted in conjunction with the screening interview.

Step 4: Polygraph & Oral Interview

Candidates who pass the screening interview and complete the fingerprinting/preliminary background investigation will proceed as follows:

Polygraph Test:

Candidates are required to submit to a polygraph test administered by a licensed polygraph examiner in order to be eligible to continue in the selection process. Results of the polygraph test will be submitted to the Board for its evaluation.

Candidates will be notified of their schedule for the polygraph test in writing. Polygraph exams are tentatively scheduled for July 5, 2021 thru July 9, 2021.

Board Review and Oral Interview:

The results of the polygraph examination and preliminary background investigation will be reported to the Board of Fire and Police Commission for review and approval, and candidates will be interviewed by the Board.

Eligible candidates will be notified in writing via email of the date, time and place of each oral interview. Applicants are to call and confirm the receipt of the interview schedule and to accept or decline the interview. Once set, the interview schedule cannot be changed.

Candidates must pass the Board review of polygraph and background investigation and score 70% or higher for the Oral Interview to proceed further. The score on the Oral Interview is worth 80% of the candidate's total score.

The Oral Interviews are tentatively scheduled for July 16, 2021; however the date is subject to change.

Step 5: Eligibility List

Initial Eligibility List:

Candidates who pass all of the above portions of the selection process will be placed on the Initial Eligibility List, in rank order of score achieved on the written exam plus oral interview. Candidates will be notified in writing of their placement on the Initial Eligibility List.

Candidates who have served at least one year in the US Armed Forces during a time of hostilities with a foreign country, who have been honorably discharged or currently on active duty, may request the addition of Military preference points (3 points) to be added to their score on the Initial Eligibility List. Candidates should be aware that military preference points may only be used for one appointment, and those using military preference points on this Police Officer exam process will not be eligible for military preference points on any future promotional process with the City of Highland Park.

Register of Eligibles:

Scores for candidates requesting and receiving military points will be adjusted and the Final Register of Eligibles created. Candidates will be notified in writing of their final score and ranking on the Register of Eligibles.

The Register of Eligibles will be valid for 12 months unless extended; eligibility lists may be extended for up to two additional 6-month periods.

Conditional offers of employment may be made to candidates on the Register of Eligibles. Hiring will be done consistent with the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of the City of Highland Park.

Step 6: Post-Offer Examination Elements

Candidates who are given a conditional offer of employment will proceed with the post-offer examination elements:

Detailed Character and Background Investigation:

A detailed character and background investigation of each candidate who has accepted a conditional offer of appointment will be conducted. Such investigation may include further checking of the fingerprints obtained during the Preliminary Character and Background Investigation. Results of this investigation shall be submitted to the Board to determine whether the applicant has passed this examination element.

Psychological/Psychiatric Test:

A psychological examination administered by such psychologist or psychiatrist designated by the Board will be conducted of each candidate who has accepted a conditional offer of employment. The test shall be given solely to determine an applicant's suitability for the position of Police Officer with the City of Highland Park. The examiner shall prepare and submit a report of the examination to the Board who shall determine whether the applicant has passed this examination element. If the applicant fails this examination element, the applicant's name may be retained on the Register of Eligibles.

Medical Exam:

A comprehensive medical test administered by a licensed physician designated by the Board will be conducted of each candidate who has accepted a conditional offer of employment. The examiner shall prepare and submit a report of the examination to the Board who shall determine whether the applicant has passed this examination element. If the applicant fails this examination element, the applicant's name may be retained on the Register of Eligibles.

The medical exam will consist of a physical examination as prescribed by the Board and includes a vision test and a drug screening test. The medical examiner will submit a report to the Board including his/her opinion regarding the overall health and vision of the candidate. Failure to pass the drug screening portion shall eliminate the candidate from any further consideration.

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will review the results of these post-offer exams and determine whether the candidate has passed or failed.

Supplemental Exams:

In the event the Board has determined that a candidate has failed either the Psychological/Psychiatric or the Medical Exam, but the candidate has been retained on the Register of Eligibles, and the candidate is offered a second conditional offer of appointment more than 60 days following the date of the first Medical Exam, or after the number of days designated by the psychologist/psychiatrist's report as being valid, the candidate will be scheduled for a second test to be made within 60 days prior to being appointed. If the candidate fails the second test, his/her name will be removed from the Register of Eligibles.

Police Recruit Opportunity:

The Police Officer position requires State of Illinois Certification as a Police Officer. The City may, at its discretion, offer certain candidates who are not State of Illinois certified Police Officers temporary, short-term employment as a non-sworn Police Recruit and sponsor the Recruit at a Police Academy.

Should the candidate obtain certification as a State of Illinois certified Police Officer by virtue of successful completion of the Police Academy, and an authorized vacancy exists, the Recruit may be offered employment as a Police Officer subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. However, there is no guarantee that a Police Recruit will be offered a Police Officer position, even if he or she successfully completes the Academy.

Candidates who are offered and accepted employment as a Police Recruit must obtain a valid Illinois FOID card prior to hire.

Pre-Hiring Agreement:

Prior to hiring, Candidates will be required to enter an agreement with the City that provides for repayment of equipping and training costs on a pro-rata basis if the employee terminates employment with the City within the first three years. A demonstration copy of this Agreement (with current estimated costs) is included in this packet. The actual costs will differ depending on changes in class and equipment/clothing costs and/or the training actually needed by the individual.



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