Starting: $54,760.51 (as of May 1, 2020)
Top Patrol Salary: $72,977.75
Starting (Lateral): $54,760.51
At the discretion of the city, officers with previous experience who have completed basic training may be hired up to the 4th step of the salary schedule.
The City of Sterling is . . .
Located off of I-88, midway between the Quad Cities and Rockford along the Rock River, Sterling, IL. is home to approximately 15,000 people. Settled in the 1800’s, Sterling quickly became a manufacturing and innovation hub. Today Sterling is a transformative community, shifting from heavy manufacturing to health care, specialized manufacturing, distribution and agriculture. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, a top-rated locally owned hospital and a nationally recognized park district.
Our Mission Statement . . .
We, the members of the Sterling Police Department, are committed to excellence in law enforcement and are dedicated to the people, traditions and diversity of our City. We will provide service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision.
Are you . . .
Do you . . .
Can you . . .
If you or someone you know possesses the above qualities contact us for more information on starting a rewarding career.
Sterling Police Department
212 3rd Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081
Testing will be:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2021
Sterling High School Library
1608 4th Avenue
PLEASE BE PROMPT!
Check in will start at 8:45 a.m. with the MANDATORY orientation starting at 9:00 a.m. The written test will follow the orientation.
PARKING - 5th Avenue parking lot (north of East Lefevre), enter the building thru Door #5 OR you may park on 4th Avenue off of East Lefevre, enter thru Door #2.
Please complete and return the attached application no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021 to:
Police Department Administration office
212 3rd Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081
It is your responsibility to provide the following documents to the Fire & Police Commission. If these documents are not provided with the application, your application WILL NOT be accepted.
Listing for test results will not be available for at least 2 weeks after the testing date.
Any questions please call Sara at:
A written examination will be administered by the Board of Fire & Police Commission. A score of 70% or higher is required.
Given by the Board of Fire & Police Commission. A score of 70% or higher is required.
Veteran’s preference points (5) will be applied as allowed by Illinois Compiled Statutes and the rules and regulations of the Fire & Police Commission to those veterans who qualify and apply for such points.
Points may be added for education or law enforcement certification pursuant to statute (5/10-2.1-8 & 5/10-2.1-9) at the request of the applicant.
All candidates that successfully pass the testing process are placed on an eligibility list, according to their final score, that remains in effect for two years. Appointments are then made from this list, as openings exist, contingent upon successful passage of all phases of the examination process.
Once an opening exists on the department, the next eligible candidate will be contacted.
An in-depth background investigation will be conducted by the Board of Fire & Police Commission.
The candidate will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. This test must successfully be passed for further consideration.
The candidate will be scheduled for a psychological examination. This test must successfully be passed for further consideration.
The candidate will be scheduled for a physical examination. An extensive physical examination to include drug screening is required by the Board of Fire & Police Commission to determine fitness to perform the duties of a police officer. The State of Illinois also requires a physical examination for entry into the police academies.
PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT (upon acceptance to the police academy):
This test consists of four (4) events, all of which are explained on the last page.
Once hired, a new recruit officer will attend a 14 week basic training at an accredited academy. An officer must maintain a passing average at the academy AND pass the comprehensive examination given the last week of school. Failure to pass either can result in immediate termination of employment from the department. Upon completion of basic training, officers return to the department for additional training.
Upon completion of training at the academy, a recruit officer will begin a period of “on the job” training. During this period, the recruit will work with field training officers and will be taught various aspects of the job as well as be evaluated regularly.
After successful completion of the FTO program the officer begins a twelve (12) month probationary period.
As an officer moves through his/her career there is a potential for advancement to positions such as Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and Deputy Chief. Other positions include detective, task force officer, and school resource officer. Special assignments for patrol officers include field training officer, firearms instructor, bicycle officer, defensive tactics instructor and elderly service officer.
The Sterling Police Department works twelve (12) hour shifts in the patrol division, 7:00 a.m. —7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.—7:00 a.m. Officers will be assigned to a shift depending on department needs.
Applicants shall be under 35 years of age, at the time of application and at such time as the final eligibility list is posted, unless exempt from such age limitation as provided in Section 5/10-2.1-6 of the Fire and Police Commissioner’s Act. Applicants, at such time as they file their application with this board, must be 21 years of age.
A valid driver’s license is required at the time of application to the department.
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required.
Must be a resident of the State of Illinois at time of filing application. Residency in the City of Sterling is not required but residency within a 30-minute response time is required within 1 year of employment.
Must be a citizen of the United States at time of filing application.
Visual acuity must be 20/20 or correctable to 20/20. Contact lenses are permitted with the above requirements.
The physical fitness assessment consists of 4 basic tests.
SIT AND REACH TEST:
This is a measure of the flexibility of the lower back and upper leg area. It is an important area for performing police tasks involving range of motion and is also important in minimizing lower back problems. The test involves stretching out to touch the toes or beyond with extended arms from the sitting position. The score is in the inches reached on a yard stick.
ONE MINUTE SIT UP TEST:
This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the abdominal muscles. It is an important area for performing police tasks that may involve the use of force and is also an important area for maintaining good posture and minimizing lower back problems. The score is in the number of bent leg sit-ups performed in one minute.
1 REPETITION MAXIMUM BENCH PRESS:
This is a maximum weight pushed from the bench press position and measures the amount of force the upper body can generate. It is an important area for performing police tasks requiring upper body strength. The score is a ration of weight pushed divided by body weight.
1.5 MILE RUN:
This is a timed run to measure the heart and vascular systems capability to transport oxygen. It is an important area for performing police tasks involving stamina and endurance and to minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems. The score is in minutes and seconds.
Positively NO deviation or exception on any requirement.
ALL documents become the property of the Sterling Fire & Police Commission.
Thank you for your interest in the Sterling Police Department.
The Sterling Police Department is establishing a lateral entry eligibility list for qualified sworn police officers.
Candidates will need to submit a resume, application and all required documents.
The Sterling Police Department’s lateral entry program includes training and orientation through a field training program that can last up to 14 weeks, depending on experience. Lateral applicant candidates must meet all of the requirements for an entry level police officer.
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