Police Officer - Lateral Entry

Pingree Grove Police Department


Contact Information


Pingree Grove Police Department
One Police Plaza
Pingree Grove, IL 60140

Phone Number:

  • 847-464-4600

Fax Number:

  • 847-464-5757

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 07/15/22


  • Starting: $54,261 - $58,818

    Seniority and Starting Salary:

    • Seniority: Newly hired patrol officers in the “Pre-Certified Officer Hiring Program” shall not be granted seniority benefits but shall be simply treated as newly hired employees for the purpose of seniority.
    • Annual Salary Schedule – as of May 1, 2021: Those patrol officers who are hired specifically under the “Pre-Certified / Lateral Entry Officer Hiring Program” may be placed, initially, between Step 1 and Step 3 no higher than a “one-for-one” placement based on their qualified, full-years of law enforcement service at their immediately-previous law enforcement agency. 
      • 2-4 years full time sworn experience – start at Year One rate
      • 5-10 years full time sworn experience – start at Year Two rate
      • 11 + years of full time sworn experience – start at Year Three rate

     5/2021 - 4/2022  5/2022 - 4/2023
     Hourly  Annual  Hourly  Annual
     Start  $24.15  $50,232  $24.87  $51,739
     1  $25.33  $52,680  $26.08  $54,261
     2  $26.39  $54,888  $27.18  $56,534
     3  $27.45  $57,105   $28.28  $58,818
     4  $27.45  $57,105   $29.38  $61,106
     5  $27.45  $57,105  TBD  TBD
     6  $27.45  $57,105  TBD  TBD

    Note: Contract is up for renegotiation May 2023. Significant pay adjustments are expected.


    Paid Benefit Time:

    • Vacation: Vacation leave shall be earned during the year, January 1 to December 31. No vacation can be taken until after it is earned. Vacation time will accrue at the following rates:

    Number of Completed

    Calendar Years of Service Earned Vacation Leave

    For less than 1 year of service (prorated) 40 hours

    Following completion of 1 year of service 40 hours 

    Following completion of 2nd through 5th year of service 80 hours

    Following completion of 6th through 10th year of service 120 hours

    Following completion of 11th through 19th year of service 160 hours

    Following completion of the 20th year of service 200 hours

    • Holiday Time: 80 hours annually to be used in year in which it was accrued.
    • Compensatory Time: Patrol Officers may accrue up to 80 hours which may be carried over from year to year.
    • Paid Personal Time: Patrol Officers receive 16 hours of paid personal time per calendar year.
    • Sick Leave: Sick time is earned at the rate of one day (8 hours) per month worked. Unused sick time may accumulate to a maximum of 960 hours.
    • Funeral Leave:  Three days paid bereavement leave for family members.
    • Military Leave: Granted in accordance with existing laws.

    Insurance and Pension Benefits:

    • Health and Dental Insurance:  Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO and HMO options)
    • Voluntary Vision Insurance: Coverage is available. 
    • Life Insurance: $50,000
    • Police Pension Fund: Village of Pingree Grove patrol officers will be transferring current IRMF contributions to the Downstate Police Pension Fund. Employee pre-tax contribution will be 9.91% of pensionable wages.

    Supplemental/Optional Benefits:

    • Flexible Spending Account: Flexible spending accounts are available for participants to use before-tax income to pay for eligible medical and/or dependent daycare expenses. 
    • Mission Square (ICMA-RC):  Additional available retirement savings plans.
    • AFLAC: AFLAC offers additional voluntary supplemental benefit products to employees.

    Additional Incentives:

    • Work Schedule is currently based on a 5-day work week - 8-hour workday. 
    • Specialty Pay will be given for eligible special duty assignments. 
    • Uniform Allowances of $500 per year are issued to all Patrol Officers. Initial uniform, bullet resistant vest, and equipment purchases to paid for by the Village.  Firearm to be provided by applicant. 
    • Tuition Assistance Program: Full-time employees are eligible to seek assistance from the Village for continuing education costs. Tuition reimbursement for approved courses directly related to the employee’s job will be reimbursed at prorate rate, based on final grade of approved course up to $1,000 per calendar year for degree-related programs.

Sworn Officers:

  • 11 Full-Time; 7 Part-Time


  • 10,365

Position Details



Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis so apply now to be part of the expected growth and join our team!

The Village of Pingree Grove Police Department is accepting applications for employment and promotes its employees without regard to perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, marital status, military status, order of protection status, physical or mental handicap unrelated to ability to perform the essential job functions or any other status or class protected by federal, state or local law. The Pingree Grove Police Department bases its hiring practices and promotions on merit, experience, education, and other qualifications applied to all applicants and in accordance with the principles of equal employment opportunity and as required by any other applicable federal, state, or local law. The Village of Pingree Grove Department complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Persons needing accommodations in the recruitment process should notify the Village of Pingree Grove Human Resources Department in advance.

All information contained in or connected with the Village of Pingree Grove’s online application will be considered personal and confidential and used only in conjunction with your possible employment with the Pingree Grove Police Department. Please furnish us with complete information, including attachments requested, as outlined in this online application.  

When completing the online application, please allow yourself ample time to read every question carefully and answer each question accurately. An applicant may be disqualified from further processing if he/she intentionally makes a false statement of a material fact, practices or attempts to practice any deception or fraud in his/her applications or examination of appointment. Any misrepresentation and/or false statements within your application, whether actual or by omission, may disqualify you for consideration of employment with the Pingree Grove Police Department and/or will be considered sufficient cause for dismissal if discovered after you are employed.


Any questions concerning the employment process should be directed to:

Pingree Grove Police Department Administration Division

One Police Plaza

Pingree Grove, IL 60140


Minimum Requirements and Qualifications: 

Applicants for lateral appointment to the position of Police Officer must meet the following minimum qualifications and requirements at the time of application:

  • State of Illinois certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board with no more than forty (40) hours of training required by that Board for recertification, if necessary. Certification by the state of employment outside Illinois will also be accepted provided the certification will be accepted and recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board with no more than forty (40) hours of training required by that Board for recertification, if necessary. (Part-time certification as a law enforcement officer does not meet this requirement.)
  • United States citizen or Naturalized citizen.  
  • At least 21 years old.
  • Education - High school education or equivalent.
  • Experience – at least 2 years’ experience as a full time sworn, certified law enforcement officer with a municipal or state police department within the last 3 years preceding date of application.
  • Possess substantially equivalent skills and abilities of a Village of Pingree Grove Police Officer who has completed the probationary period, as determined by the Village.
  • Be in good standing and/or not under investigation in the agency within which the applicant serves or laid off due to budgetary constraints.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position and can pass all examination and training requirements
  • To be furnished at the time of application as requested or required, a copy of the following: a resume, professional licenses, training certificates, documents confirming work experience, birth certificate, high school diploma or GED certificate, transcripts of higher learning, naval or military service board and discharge papers (DD-214), employee evaluations and any other employment related material.

Lateral Entry Candidate Screening and Application Period:

  • Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. 
  • There is no guarantee of an interview or further consideration for candidates applying. Inclusion in any lateral entry candidate screening process shall be based upon the relative excellence of the candidate’s reflecting qualifications above the stated minimum qualifications and the hiring needs of the Department at the time of review.

Selection Process:

  • An offer of employment is contingent on passing all required screenings and examinations.
  • Applications will be reviewed to identify applicants having the requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, or level of experience needed to address special or unique circumstances within the police department. 
  • Oral examinations will be conducted, for select candidates only, by the Police Commission. 
  • Upon recommendation by the Police Commission, qualified applicants will be placed on a register in their order of relative excellence as determined by the members of the Police Commission. Qualified candidates may receive a conditional offer of employment and participate in additional post-offer screenings and examinations including but not limited to: polygraph examination; psychological evaluation; character and background investigation and credit check; medical examinations and drug screening. Candidates must receive a satisfactory evaluation or recommendation on each screening or examination to proceed in the selection process. Failure to achieve a satisfactory evaluation on any screening or examination shall result in immediate disqualification from further consideration.
  • Newly hired lateral police officers are subject to a 12-month probationary period.

Applications may be picked up at:

Pingree Grove Police Department


May be downloaded at the Village website:


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