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Rockdale Police Department


Contact Information


Rockdale Police Department
79 Moen Avenue
Rockdale, IL 60436

Phone Number:

  • 815-725-0360

Fax Number:

  • 815-725-0361

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • Until Filled


  • Current salary, which is currently being negotiated due to pending contract expiration as of December 31, 2021:

    • Starting: $49,305
    • After 1 Year: $51,991 
    • After 2 Year: $52,784
    • After 3 Year: $54,769
    • After 4 Year: $57,925
    • After 5 Year: $61,208
    • After 6 Year: $64,789
    • After 7 Year: $68,542

    Benefits Include:

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance (PPO or HMO) for the employee, employee plus spouse, or employee and family at no cost to employee. (Health insurance is at zero cost to the employee regardless of the plan (single, single plus one, or family) selected. AFLAC available at shared/employee expense, depending on options selected. 
    • NCPERS Life Insurance: Employee pays $16.00 per month life insurance and disability insurance
    • IMRF Pension Plan
    • All equipment is provided at the employer's expense. This includes uniforms, vest (level 3A), vest carrier, radio, taser, duty firearm, tourniquet, handcuffs, flashlight, etc, etc, etc. 
    • The Rockdale Police Department believes in individual accountability. Equipment such as radio, taser, and the firearm will not be “check-out” rather be provided to each officer to act as his own. 
    • 10 sick days per year, 12 paid holidays per year, 3 personal days per year, 5 vacation days after 1 year, and compensatory time (current contract under negotiation).
    • Officers are members of the Illinois Council of Police union.

    Opportunities for advancement and specialty unit assignments, IE DARE, K9, Gang Unit, Truck Enforcement, Drone Pilot, etc.

Position Details

Applications are available by visiting:

Village of Rockdale

79 Moen Avenue, Door 3

Monday to Friday

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

There is a $20.00 application fee due at the time of application pickup. No credit cards are accepted for the application fee. A receipt will be provided if requested.

Position Details and Job Summary:


This is a listing for the position of a full-time police officer.

The Village of Rockdale is looking for individuals to fulfill 1 full-time patrol position. Applicants if hired should expect to work for a small community, where you can see the difference you make. Officers should expect to work for a community and department that supports its police officers.

Officer(s) hired should expect to have the opportunity to participate in training courses from Tri-River Police Training region, Northeast Multi-Regional Training Incorporated, and multiple outside training opportunities as the Rockdale Police Department has embedded its foundation in the skills and opportunities found in training.

Candidates must have strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Candidates should possess good interpersonal skills, common sense, and have the ability to problem-solve.

Applicants who are hired should be expected to conduct preventative patrol and general policing functions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of lives and property within the Village. Officers provide an initial response to emergency and non-emergency service requests, investigate complaints, document investigative findings, enforce laws and ordinances, complete reports, and provide a wide range of public service activities. Officers may also be assigned special projects on an on-going or short-term basis, and are required to draw upon extensive training and procedural guidelines, mandates, and laws governing their response and conduct when determining the appropriate action to take in a particular situation. The officers will also perform other related duties, as assigned. Officers currently work 8-hour varying shifts and report directly to the Sergeant.

Must be certified either part-time or full time from an Illinois Basic Law Enforcement Academy and possess certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board or be qualified to take the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board “Out of State Reciprocity” requirements, to include Mandatory Firearms Training, Law for Illinois Police, and Equivalency Exam.

There is no application deadline. Applications will be reviewed every 30 days, starting on March 31, 2021, until all positions are fulfilled. A list will be generated with the remaining applicants for potential future hiring.

If selected, newly appointed officers must successfully pass a field training program that will vary in time but could last up to 12 weeks. Officers are placed on probation for 18 months but may be released early if they excel in the position hired for. Officers certified part-time will be sent to the 80 hour transition course and certified as full-time.

Minimum Qualifications Are:

  • A resident of, and legally authorized to work, in the United States of America
  • High school diploma or equivalent high school education, G.E.D.
  • Applicants must be 21 years old. 
  • Applicants must be currently employed as a certified police officer or last working as a certified police officer within the last 3 years. 
  • Must have no felony convictions and be of good moral character, of temperate habits, of sound health, and must be physically able to perform the essential job functions of the position of a police officer. A misdemeanor or serious traffic offense may also disqualify applicants from further consideration.
  • Must complete an oral interview and extensive background investigation.
  • Must include a copy of a birth certificate, copy of a driver’s license, current voter’s registration card or utility bill for address verification, social security card, Firearm Owners Identification Card, and basic law enforcement training certification. Please also include, if you have, any college or university degree’s, any military service records, resumes, and a copy of any police certifications.

All information contained in or connected with the application will be considered personal and confidential to the extent possible or permitted by law and only used in conjunction with your possible employment by the Rockdale Police Department.

PLEASE read every question carefully and answer each question accurately. An applicant will be disqualified from further consideration if he/she makes intentional false statements of a material fact, practices, or attempts to proactive any deception or fraud in his/her applications, or examination of appointment. Any false statements on the application will deem the applicant ineligible for hire or sufficient cause for dismissal. Any misrepresentation on this application whether actual or by omission may disqualify you for consideration for employment with the Rockdale Police Department.

Please note this department is seeking not only candidates who possess the above-mentioned requirements but also those who find themselves ingrained with the values, ethics, and morals of what makes a truly professional police officer.

Please email with questions:


Response within 12 hours


The Village of Rockdale bases its hiring practices and promotions on merit, experience, education, and other qualifications applied to all applicants and per the principles of equal employment opportunity and as required by any other applicable federal, state, or local law. The Village of Rockdale complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and persons needing accommodations in the recruitment process should notify the Village of Rockdale in advance. The Village of Rockdale is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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