Police Officer - Lateral Entry

Sterling Police Department

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Contact Information

Address:

Sterling Police Department
212 3rd Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081

Phone Number:

  • 815-632-6600

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • NA

Salary:

  • Starting: $57,532.77 - $72,495.64

    At the discretion of the city, officers with previous experience who have completed basic training may be hired up to the 6th step of the salary schedule.

    Benefits: See LATERAL ENTRY FLYER below 

Sworn Officers:

  • 29

Population:

  • 15,000 approx

Position Details

Sterling Police Department Certified/Lateral Transfer

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.

In-state Lateral Candidate:

Candidate must be employed as a full-time officer with an Illinois law enforcement agency and shall be employed for a minimum of two (2) years and must possess a valid Illinois Law Enforcement Officer certificate from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Out of State Lateral Candidate:

Candidate must be currently employed as full-time officer with any municipal, county or state law enforcement agency, such lateral applicant shall have been so employed for a minimum of two (2) years prior to application and shall meet the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board “Out of State Reciprocity” requirements.

Lateral applicant candidates must complete all testing deemed necessary by the Sterling Fire & Police Commission.

Lateral Entry Minimum Requirements are:

  • State of Illinois certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) or meet the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board “Out of State Reciprocity” requirements.
  • United States citizen or naturalized citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years old at time of application & at time of hire.
  • Education – High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience – at least 2 years’ experience as a full time sworn, certified law enforcement officer.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Certified Birth Certificate.
  • Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position, including providing copies of any requested employment related materials or other documents to confirm or verify information, and have the ability to pass all examination and training requirements. Applicants if applicable, shall furnish and military service records, including discharge papers (DD 214). The City of Sterling or its representatives reserve the right to re-verify candidate qualifications at any time during the screening and hiring process. 

Arrest Record:

Lateral applicant must not have any felony convictions nor have been convicted of any misdemeanors involving moral turpitude.

Residency:

Employees must live within a 30-minute response time from the City of Sterling within one (1) year of the date of hire.

Hiring Process:

Applicants who meet the requirements and are selected for entry shall complete the entry process before an offer of employment. This process may include the following components at the discretion of the Fire & Police Commission:

  • Application and experience verification
  • Oral Interview
  • Written Test
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Medical Examination including drug screening

Required Documents:

It is your responsibility to provide the following documents:

  • High School diploma or GED certificate (copy)
  • Certified Birth Certificate (copy)
  • College or University degree (copy)
    • Note: A copy of a certified transcript may be requested for application of education points.
  • Veterans: Military Service record and DD214 (copy)
  • Driver’s license (copy)
  • Citizenship and/or naturalization papers – if applicable
  • Social security card (copy)

LATERAL ENTRY FLYER

Download:

LATERAL ENTRY APPLICATION

LATERAL WORK HISTORY

Any questions may be emailed to:

lateralhiring@sterling-il.gov



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