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Police Officer

Sterling Police Department


Contact Information


Sterling Police Department
212 3rd Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081


  • 815-632-6600

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 12/28/22
  • @ 4:00 PM


  • Starting: $57,532.77 (as of May 1, 2022)

    Top Patrol Salary: $77,219.69 

      • All newly appointed recruits will be provided with all necessary uniforms and equipment.
      • The City of Sterling offers an excellent health plan to all full time employees.
      • A new employee will accrue 80 hours of vacation after completing one (1) year of employment.
      • Sick time is accumulated at 8 hours per month.
      • Individuals who are accepted into the pension system are eligible to retire pursuant to the benefits of 40 ILCS 5/3-111. Both the participant and the City of Sterling contribute to the pension plan.


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  • 15,000 approx

Position Details

Success is best when it’s shared.

We invite YOU to join our team!

Are you . . .

  • At least 21 but not 35 years of age? (unless exempt from age limitation ILCS 5/10-2.1-6)
  • Authorized to work in the United States?
  • Of good character and reputation?
  • Physically fit?

Do you . . .

  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent?
  • Possess a valid driver’s license?
  • Have 20/20 vision in both eyes corrected/uncorrected?

Can you . . .

  • Be a team player committed to citizen service?
  • Observe situations analytically and objectively?
  • Report and record observations clearly and completely?
  • React quickly and calmly in emergencies?
  • Treat all people fairly and without prejudice?
  • Identify problems and develop creative solutions?

If you or someone you know possesses the above qualities contact us for more information on starting a rewarding career.

Sterling Police Department

212 3rd Avenue

Sterling, IL 61081


The testing process to become a Sterling Police Officer has several steps.


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. 

Examination Process -  What to Expect:

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.

General Information:

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.

Police Officer Wellness Evaluation Report – P.O.W.E.R. Test:

The P.O.W.E.R. test will be provided to all recruits prior to entering the police academy to see if each individual meets the standards. These fitness entrance requirements help to ensure that each recruit can undergo both the physical and academic demands of the academy without undue risk of injury and with a level of fatigue tolerance to meet all academy requirements. If the recruit does not meet all the requirements, the recruit will not be allowed to enter the academy.


This is a measure of the flexibility of the lower back and upper leg area. It is an important area for performing police tasks involving range of motion and is also important in minimizing lower back problems. The test involves stretching out to touch the toes or beyond with extended arms from the sitting position. The score is in the inches reached on a yard stick.


This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the abdominal muscles. It is an important area for performing police tasks that may involve the use of force and is also an important area for maintaining good posture and minimizing lower back problems. The score is in the number of bent leg sit-ups performed in one minute.


This is a maximum weight pushed from the bench press position and measures the amount of force the upper body can generate. It is an important area for performing police tasks requiring upper body strength. The score is a ration of weight pushed divided by body weight.


This is a timed run to measure the heart and vascular systems capability to transport oxygen. It is an important area for performing police tasks involving stamina and endurance and to minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems. The score is in minutes and seconds.

Positively NO deviation or exception on any requirement.

ALL documents become the property of the Sterling Fire & Police Commission.


Testing will be:


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!

Please complete and return the attached application no later than 4:00 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 to:

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.

  • 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)

Listing for test results will not be available for at least 2 weeks after the testing date.

Any questions please call Sara at:






Thank you for your interest in the Sterling Police Department.

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