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Lateral Police Officer

River Forest Police Department

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Contact Information

Address:

River Forest Police Department
400 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 05/19/22
  • by 4:00 PM

Salary:

  • Starting:

    • 2 to 5 years of qualifying service: $79,200
    • over 5 years of qualifying service: $83,160

    Top Patrol Salary: $106,286

    Sergeant Salary: $122,231

    ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION OPPORTUNITIES:

    • SPECIALIST PAY- Annually
      • Corporal - $3,120
      • Field Training Officer - $1,500
      • Vehicle Officer-in-Charge - $1,500 
      • Detective - $1,500 
      • Training Officer - $1,500 
      • School Resource Officer - $1,500
    • EDUCATION INCENTIVE: Officers are eligible for this benefit only after completing their probationary period.
      • Associate’s Degree: Police Science $1,000.00
      • Bachelor’s Degree: Education/Business $1,200.00
      • Bachelor’s Degree: Criminal Justice/Psychology $1,500.00
      • Master’s Degree:  For Police Related Curriculums $1,750.00
    • UNIFORM ALLOWANCE - $800 per year with $425 carryover.
    • SPECIALTY POSITIONS: The River Forest Police department is also able to provide training and opportunities in several areas including:

     Firearms Instructor  Evidence Technician
     Armorer  Field Training Officer
     Bicycle Officer  Rifle Instructor
     Breath Alcohol Operator  Hostage Negotiations
     Defensive Tactics Instructor  Juvenile Officer
     Child Passenger Safety Technician  Lead Homicide Investigator
     Crisis Intervention Team  Less Lethal Instructor
     School Resource Officer  NARCAN Instructor
     Elderly Services Officer  Peer Support
     Narcotics Investigator  Rapid Deployment Instructor
     Shield Instructor  Truck Enforcement

    Officers are also assigned to task forces throughout the region, including:

    • Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Mobile Field Force
    • West Suburban Drug and Gang Initiative (WEDGE)
    • West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Investigations Team
    • West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Forensics Team 
    • West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Major Crash Team

    BENEFITS:

    • INSURANCE PROGRAM - Several excellent program options of health and insurance currently exist in the Village of River Forest. A life insurance policy is provided equivalent to the officer's current base salary rate with an option for the employee to purchase up to an additional life insurance at excellent rates.
    • PENSION PLAN FOR POLICE OFFICERS
    • 5/2-5/3 WORK SCHEDULE; 8.5 HOUR Shifts
    • VACATION PROGRAM – After 1 year of service: 12 shifts – After 5 years: 15 shifts – After 10 years: 20 shifts – After 15 years: 25 shifts.
    • PERSONAL TIME - 3 personal days off per year with pay
    • HOLIDAYS - 12 automatically paid holidays (If worked, an additional 4 hours premium pay, for 6 of the Holidays)
    • SICK LEAVE - Employees earn 1 day per month and may accumulate up to 240-8 hour days.
    • BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 5 days leave with pay are available upon the death of anyone in the immediate family.
    • RESIDENCY - The River Forest Police Department has no residency or geographical boundary requirement prior to employment.

Sworn Officers:

  • 29

Position Details

Lateral Police Officer

River Forest Police Department 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicants must be certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB).
  • Applicants must have been full-time sworn officers of a regular police department in any municipal, county, university, or State law enforcement agency, provided they are certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and have been with their respective law enforcement agency within the State for at least 2 years.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at time of application.
  • As one of the conditions for hire as a River Forest Police Officer, applicants must possess a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours from an accredited College or University.
  • Character Requirements: As set forth and required by 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6.
  • Applicants must submit proof of a valid Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID).
  • Applicants must submit proof that they have passed the Illinois Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) Test dated between May 21, 2021 to May 21, 2022.

Important Dates:

Applications Deadline:

All applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Apply online here:

https://www.vrf.us/departments/Careers/Lateral-Certified-Police-Officers0.html

When applying, you will need to upload the following documentation:

  • A copy of your Driver’s License
  • Birth Certificate
  • College Transcript(s) or documentation establishing your enrollment in a College or University. A copy of your diploma will not be accepted.
  • Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Certificate
  • Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID)
  • Power Test Card issued between May 21, 2021 to May 21, 2022

Written Examination:

Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Check in time commences at 8:00 AM

No one will be admitted into the exam room after 9:00 AM.

Location:

To Be Announced

Selection Process:

Applicants must successfully pass:

  • Background investigation and credit check
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Post-offer examinations to include:
    • Psychological evaluation
    • Medical examination
    • Drug screening


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