Police Officer

Mount Prospect Police Department

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Contact Information

Address:

Mount Prospect Police Department
911 E. Kensington Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Phone Number:

  • 847-870-5678

Fax Number:

  • 847-392-1070

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 08/05/22
  • @ 5:00 PM (CDT)

Salary:

  • $69,667 - $105,925 (Effective 1/1/2022)

    Starting salary may be negotiated for persons with a minimum of two years prior police experience/maximum two-year step.

    • CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICER PAY - $2,800 ANNUALLY
      • Officers must attend and satisfactorily complete any required Department training seminars in order to receive Certified Police Officer Pay.
      • Starting salary may be negotiated for persons with a minimum of two years prior police experience/maximum two-year step.
    • SPECIALITY PAY:
      • Investigator - $3,000
      • Evidence Technician - $850
      • Foreign Language Interpreter - $550
      • Field Youth Officer - $650
      • Breathalyzer Operator - $650
      • Accident Investigator - $650
      • Range Officer - $450
      • Fire/Arson Investigator - $650
      • Police Training Officer - $1,000
      • Truck Enforcement Officer $450
      • Drug Recognition Expert Officer $650
    • LONGEVITY PAY ANNUALLY AFTER 5 YEARS OF SERVICE
    • UNIFORM ALLOWANCE YEARLY - Note: Upon hire, employees will receive their first two (2) years of uniform allowance. Thereafter, allowances are paid according to the union contract. 

    BENEFITS:

    • INSURANCE PROGRAM: Several excellent program options of health and insurance currently exist in the Village of Mount Prospect. An annual salary equivalent life insurance policy is provided with an option for the employee to purchase an additional $50,000 at excellent rates.
    • PENSION PLAN FOR POLICE OFFICERS BENEFIT TIME (PAID TIME OFF)
    • VACATION PROGRAM: Up to 6 months of service – 40 hours 6 months to 1 year – 40 hours 1 year to 5 years – 80 hours 23 days paid vacation after (20 + years)
    • PERSONAL TIME: 6 personal days off per year with pay
    • HOLIDAYS: 8 automatically paid holidays (If worked, an additional 4 hours premium pay)
    • SICK LEAVE: Employees earn 1 day per month and may accumulate up to 96 days.
    • BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: 3 days leave with pay are available upon the death of anyone in the immediate family.
    • RESIDENCY: The Mount Prospect Police Department has no residency or geographical boundary requirement prior to testing. Six months following hire a non-resident of Illinois is required to relocate within the state since a valid Illinois driver's license is a requirement of the position. 

Sworn Officers:

  • 84

Population:

  • 54,493

Position Details

The Mount Prospect Police Department is looking for qualified and motivated candidates for the position of Police Officer.

We are a thriving Northwest Suburban community looking to the future while embracing our rich history and values. If you have a desire to serve and protect others and want an exciting and hands on career, submit your pre-employment application now.

POLICE OFFICER APPLICANT INFORMATION

TESTING SCHEDULE:

Preliminary Application Deadline:

August 5, 2022 by 5 PM (C.D.T)

*Late applications will not be accepted

Orientation/Written Test:

August 20, 2022

Applicants must report for registration between 7:00 AM and 7:45 AM (C.D.T.)

*Present a Valid Driver's License & Power Test Card

Application packets available at:

www.joinmppd.org

AND

At:

Police Department Front Desk

911 E Kensington Road

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

*NOTE: All applications must be complete. Emails are required to receive the required Study Guide.

Mandatory Orientation/Written Exam:

August 20, 2022

Registration:

7 AM – 7:45 AM

Testing Location:

Village of Mount Prospect – Village Hall Community Room

50 S Emerson Street

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

*Applicants must show a valid driver's license or a photo identification card, as well as their POWER TEST Card at the time of registration for the written test.

Notifications/Invitations sent:

August 29-31, 2022

Candidates will be notified if they have received a passing written score. Candidates who successfully pass the written exam and who are selected to advance to oral interviews will be invited by the Mount Prospect Police Department to continue in the testing process. Those who do not pass will also be notified.

Employment Applications Due:

September 11, 2022

Upon being invited to continue in the testing process, candidates will be emailed a Village of Mount Prospect employment application.

All applications must be returned to Lisa Schillinger via email (preferred) or US Mail as stated below:

Email:

policeofficer@mountprospect.org

OR

US Mail:

Mount Prospect Police Department

Attn: Lisa Schillinger

911 E Kensington Road

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

847-870-5678

Oral Interviews:

September 2022

Candidates who qualify will be invited to in-person oral interviews at the Mount Prospect Police Department. Exact dates and times will be determined and communicated to qualified candidates.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS - POLICE OFFICER VILLAGE OF MOUNT PROSPECT:

  • CITIZENSHIP: Must be a citizen of the United States at the time of filing formal application.
  • AGE: All applicants must have attained the age of twenty-one (21) years but not more than thirty-five (35) years old by the date of preliminary application filing. U.S. military veterans can exceed the maximum age limitation by the number of years of active military service, but not more than ten (10) years of service. Auxiliary police officers (65 ILCS 5/3.1-30-20) with at least 5 years of service and under the age of 40 years. The age limitation does not apply to any applicant:
    • Previously employed as a police officer in any municipal department, or
    • Previously employed as a sworn officer of the Illinois State Police, or Who has served as a deputy under Section 3-6008 of the Counties Code (attended a law enforcement academy—excludes corrections and court officers academy), and otherwise meets necessary training requirements of a police officer established by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  • EDUCATION: High school diploma or GED, and Not less than sixty (60) college semester hours or its equivalent as stated below:
    • Thirty (30) college equivalency semester hours for each full twelve (12) months of non-disability service as a police officer with another full time, officially constituted and sanctioned police department in the United States. *(A full twenty-four (24) months of such service shall equate to sixty (60) college semester hours.)
    • Thirty (30) college equivalency semester hours for each full twelve (12) consecutive months of active military duty for the United States. This shall not apply to persons who were not honorably discharged or who were convicted by court martial or other legal process for disobedience of orders or crimes in the military, which are the substantive equivalent of the crimes set forth under Chapter 2, Section 1(d) of these rules and regulations. *(A full 24 months of such service shall equate to sixty(60) college semester hours.)
    • Ten (10) hours of college equivalency credits for each full twelve (12) months of employment by the Village of Mount Prospect Police Department as a community service officer up to a maximum of twenty (20) hours.
    • Maximum Thirty (30) college equivalency semester hours for demonstrating fluency in any language prevalent in the Mount Prospect Police Service Area, other than English, as determined by the most recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics. Fluency shall mean a clearly demonstrated ability to read, speak, and understand the language. The Board shall be the sole judge of whether a language is prevalent in the Mount Prospect Service Area and whether fluency has been clearly demonstrated. The Board may retain a testing agency to advise as to specific language prevalence and for standards and evaluation of fluency.
  • DRIVER'S LICENSE: Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of Preliminary Application. Must secure a valid Illinois driver's license within the first 6 months of employment.
  • PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST: Must satisfy physical aptitude requirements of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation (POWER) Test. At the registration for the Mandatory Orientation/Written Exam, applicants MUST present a valid certificate card obtained within the past 6 months prior to the application deadline from one of three approved testing sites. Certificate cards must be dated after February 5, 2022.
    • The following vendors are approved by the Mount Prospect Board of Fire and Police Commissioners to administer and provide POWER Test certificate cards to applicants:
      • NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING ACADEMY, 2300 PATRIOT BOULEVARD, GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS 60026, www.nipsta.org 847-998-8090 
      • TRITON COLLEGE, 2000 FIFTH AVE, RIVER GROVE, IL 60171, www.triton.edu/power 708-456-0300 Ext. 3326 
      • JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE, 215 HOUBOLT ROAD, JOLIET, IL 60431, www.jjc.edu 815-280-2674
  • VISION: Corrected to 20/40 in the poorer eye and 20/25 in the better eye. Proper color, peripheral vision. Uncorrected vision worse than 20/200 requires an ophthalmologist report, prior to hire, to certify the condition of the retina, the applicant's ability to function as a police officer, and the applicant understands the potential harm from the rigors of police work.
  • MISCELLANEOUS: THERE IS NO EXCEPTION OR EXEMPTION FROM ANY REQUIREMENT. THE PRELIMINARY APPLICATION FORM MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN AUGUST 5, 2022, AT 5 PM (C.D.T.). 

THE INFORMATION PACKET AND PRELIMINARY APPLICATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT:

http://www.joinmppd.org

AND

AT:

POLICE DEPARTMENT FRONT DESK LOCATED IN THE LOBBY

EMAIL, MAIL OR HAND DELIVER THE COMPLETED APPLICATION TO:

policeofficer@mountprospect.org

OR

Mount Prospect Police Department

911 E Kensington Road

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Attn: Lisa Schillinger

*Front desk is open 24/7

TESTING PROCESS INFORMATION:

The Board of Fire & Police Commissioners (BOFPC) will determine the number of top written scores and ties to proceed to the initial ORAL INTERVIEW phase. At the BOFPC’s discretion, sworn police officers may be called to the first round of oral interviews provided the candidate achieves a minimum written examination score of 80 or more. All other individuals scoring 80 or greater on the written examination will remain in a pool and be called in groups based on rank order for the oral interview phase, if and when needed.

Individuals proceeding to the oral interview phase must attain an overall score of 80 or higher when both the written and oral scores are combined and averaged. Successful individuals will be placed on an eligibility list and called for additional testing as vacancies occur. The candidate pool will remain in effect for 2 years from the posting of the initial eligibility list or until exhausted, whichever comes first. The BOFPC may vote to extend the eligibility list for an additional year.

ADDITIONAL TESTING:

Upon conditional offer of employment, candidates will be administered additional pass/fail tests including a polygraph exam, psychological assessment, medical exam with drug screening, physical ability test (POWER Test), and a background investigation.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:

All applicants will be required to sign a "Waiver and Authorization to Release Information.” Background investigations consist of a complete criminal history check at the national, state, and local level; a complete traffic history at the state and local level; a review of employment history with prior and current employers; education verification; military discharge status verification (if applicable); credit history check; a personal interview with your spouse (if applicable); interviews with at least three (3) personal references; and any other persons who can speak to an applicant’s character.

NOTE: Convictions for traffic or misdemeanor offenses may not result in automatic disqualification for employment as a police officer. Verified convictions for any felony and certain misdemeanor offenses shall result in disqualification.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT SENSITIVE OR CONFIDENTIAL ASPECTS OF THEIR PERSONAL LIFE MAY BE EXPLORED.

THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED UPON NOTIFICATION THAT YOU ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE ORAL INTERVIEW PHASE:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate (County Clerk’s Office)
  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED Certificate
  • Original College transcripts showing a minimum of 60 semester hours.
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Copy of Military Separation Papers (DD Form 214), if applicable
  • Copy of all name change documents if different from Birth Certificate
  • Copy of full-time Police Officer Certification, if applicable

VILLAGE OF MOUNT PROSPECT

BOARD OF FIRE AND POLICE COMMISSIONERS

STATEMENT OF POLICY:

It is the express policy of the Village of Mount Prospect and the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners to recruit, select, hire, retain and promote the most qualified available persons for positions in the Mount Prospect Police Department without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability (except where specific requirements constitute a bonafide occupational qualification). In keeping with this policy, the Village of Mount Prospect and the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners commit themselves to insure that all of the functions which they perform are administered in a responsible manner in conformance with the law, public policy and the policy expressed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan of the Mount Prospect Police Department.



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