Police Officer - Lateral Entry

West Chicago Police Department

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Contact Information

Address:

West Chicago Police Department
325 Spencer Street
West Chicago, IL 60185

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • Open

Salary:

  • Salary Range effective 1/1/22: $74,915 - $110,796

    The starting salary for a lateral hire applicant will be dependent on experience.

    Employees are paid biweekly on Fridays.

    Work Schedule:

    Currently, the Patrol Division works 12-hour shifts, which are bid for on an annual basis.   

    In addition to a competitive starting salary based on experience, the City of West Chicago offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees and their dependents:

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO and PPO plans are offered, that include vision coverage and prescription drug programs
    • Dental and life insurance are offered at no expense to the employee
    • Benefit options also include:
      • Health and dependent care flexible spending accounts
      • Aflac
      • Police pension
      • 457 deferred compensation plan through Mission Square
      • Fitness reimbursement for health club membership
      • Vacation, sick, floating holiday, personal day, safety day, and holiday benefits are also provided

Sworn:

  • 46

Population:

  • 25,614

Position Details

Thanks for considering the City of West Chicago as a future employer!

Take the next step and apply for a Lateral Hire Police Officer career opportunity.

Fillable Applications are Available Here:

https://westchicago.org/jobs/

Submit completed applications with any applicant materials that you would like to attach at the time of application to the Human Resources Coordinator:

Submit Via Email:

hr@westchicago.org (Email submissions are preferred)

OR

Submit in Person or by Mail:

Human Resources Coordinator

City of West Chicago

475 Main Street

West Chicago, IL 60185

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

Applicants for lateral appointment to the position of police officer must meet the following minimum requirements and qualifications:

  • Full-time sworn officer of a Police Department in any municipality, county, university, or State law enforcement agency, provided they are certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and are actively employed with a respective law enforcement agency within the State of Illinois.
  • Applicants must provide documentation to show their duties are qualified duties similar to those of a police officer in the City of West Chicago. This will be completed through a combination of a review of employee evaluations, past and current assignments, and training documentation. Also, documentation must be provided showing that the applicant has fulfilled the Illinois Police Training Act requirements.
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States
  • Individuals must be at least 21 years old
  • Education - High school graduate or equivalent thereof
  • Possess a Valid Driver's License;
  • Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position and possess the ability to pass all pre-employment examinations and training requirements.
  • Furnish upon request, a copy of the following: Birth Certificate, High School diploma or G.E.D., transcripts and diplomas of higher learning, training certificates, Naval or Military Service Board and Discharge Papers(DD214), professional licenses, a resume, documents confirming work experience, employee evaluations, and any other related material as requested or required.

Selection Process: 

  • A completed Application and Experience Verification Documents
  • Interview with the Civil Service Commission and West Chicago Police Department Command Staff
  • Background Investigation to include criminal history, integrity interview, reference and credit check
  • Pre-employment Medical examination, including drug screen and functional screen
  • Polygraph examination
  • Psychological examination
  • All appointments are subject to a 12-month probationary period. 

Lateral Entry Eligibility List: 

  • Applicants who meet the requirements and pass the background check and interview will be placed on a Lateral Eligibility Register. An applicant's placement shall be by alphabetical order of the last name.
  • Hiring decisions may be based on the candidate's possession of specific knowledge, skills, and abilities identified during the selection process, making specific candidates more desirable, need dependent, for the position sought to be filled.
  • The Civil Service Commission maintains a Lateral Entry Eligibility List and an Initial Eligibility Register of non-certified candidates from which it may select candidates at its discretion. 

The Community:

The City of West Chicago has a population of 25,614 people, is located along the western edge of DuPage County, 32 miles from downtown Chicago and spans 15 square miles. West Chicago is situated along Illinois Route 59, which has interchanges at I-88 and I-90 and is home to DuPage Airport, the third-busiest airport in Illinois. Three major rail lines serve West Chicago, and the Metra passenger service provides commuter service to Chicago, with an estimated 600 commuters boarding daily. The City is a diverse, family-oriented community with a rich cultural mix and a proud heritage.

Local Government:

The City operates under a council/manager form of local government. The City Council consists of a Mayor, fourteen Aldermen within seven wards, and an elected City Clerk.

The Department:

The West Chicago Police Department currently has 46 sworn officers and five civilian staff members. The Mission of the West Chicago Police Department is to Protect Life and Liberty, Provide Quality Police Services, and Forge Community Partnerships with Integrity and Professionalism.

There are three divisions in the Police Department: the Office of the Chief of Police, the Patrol Division, and the Investigations/Administrative Division.

The Patrol Division consists of Uniformed Patrol Officers, a Community Service Officer, and a Training Officer.

The Investigations/Administrative Division consists of Detectives, School Resource Officers, Evidence/Property Custodian, the Community Relations Officer, the Administrative Sergeant, and a Social Service Worker.



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