Starting: $57,532.77 (as of May 1, 2022)
Top Patrol Salary: $77,219.69
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Sterling Police Department
212 3rd Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081
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.
Once hired, a new recruit officer will attend a 16 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.
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.
Positively NO deviation or exception on any requirement.
ALL documents become the property of the Sterling Fire & Police Commission.
Testing will be:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2022
Location to be determined
Check in will start at 8:15 a.m. with the MANDATORY orientation starting at 8:30 a.m. The written test will follow the orientation. PLEASE BE PROMPT!
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.
Thank you for your interest in the Sterling Police Department.
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