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Police Officer - Lateral and Entry Level

Village of Park Forest

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Contact Information

Address:

Village of Park Forest
350 Victory Drive
Park Forest, IL 60466

Phone:

  • 708-748-1112

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 10/19/23
  • @ 5:00 PM

Salary:

  • Lateral Hires:

    Starting probationary salaries will be equivalent to salaries outlined in the current police union contract based on fiscal year of offer. Salaries quoted below are applicable to the 2023 - 2024 pay schedule in the current police union contract.

    Illinois Certified Police Officer:

    • 12 months full-time experience - Step B $75,382
    • 24 months full-time experience - Step C $81,777
    • 36 months of full-time experience - Step D $86,654
    • 48 months of full-time experience - Step E $93,048
    • 60 months or more of full time experience - Step F $98,762

    Out-of-state certified police officers (with full-time experience as referenced above):

    Begin at the contract probationary step salary of $69,740. Upon successful completion of the State of Illinois certification process, their probationary salary will be raised to the step equivalent to their experience as referenced above.

    Entry Level Hires:

    Probationary Salary: $69,740

Sworn:

  • 42

Population:

  • 21,000

Position Details

The Village of Park Forest's Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is currently conducting a Lateral and Entry Level Police Officer Recruitment.

By participating in the process, applicants may qualify to be placed on an eligibility list for the Park Forest Police Department.

Applications are being accepted online only and are available by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Minimum Requirements at time of hire: 

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Age 21 to 34 at the time of the application deadline unless otherwise provided by State Statue 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6
  • Ability to successfully pass written test, oral interview, background investigation, psychological examination, and medical examination
  • In possession of valid P.O.W.E.R. card

To complete the process and be considered for a position, applicants should:

1.  Review the Park Forest Police Officer Job Description

Click here to view the job description. This document details the job of Police Officer with the Village of Park Forest, including such items as job functions and physical requirements.

2.  Complete an Application for Employment

Complete the application before 5 PM on Thursday, October 19. To make your application complete, you will need to include a copy of your: 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Current P.O.W.E.R. card
  • Birth Certificate and/or Certificate of Citizenship
  • Permanent Resident Card (if applicable)
  • College Transcripts (if applicable)

3.  Attend mandatory Orientation (for entry level officers only, laterals not required to attend)

Orientation attendance is mandatory for new officers to continue in the testing process. Attending orientation is not required for lateral applicants.

A picture ID (preferably a Driver’s License) is required for entry.

Orientation will include information on the Village of Park Forest, the profession of a Park Forest Police Officer, and the recruitment process. It will be held on:

Time:

Thursday, October 26, 2023

6:15 PM - Doors open and check-in begins

7 PM - Doors close with no admittance afterwards. Timely arrival is required to proceed in the process.

Location:

Park Forest Village Hall (Board Room)

350 Victory Drive

Park Forest, IL 60466

4. Complete the Written Examination (required for all applicants)

A picture ID is required to sit for the written exam.

Time:

Saturday, October 28, 2023

8:30 AM - Doors open

9 AM - Test begins at

Location:

Park Forest Village Hall (Board Room)

350 Victory Drive

Park Forest, IL 60466

Applicants may order the practice “NPST Candidate Orientation Guide” by clicking the following link:

http://www.fpsi.com/police-candidate-orientation-guide/

The NPST Candidate Orientation Guide is a helpful tool to prepare for the exam. Please read through the disclaimer on the order page in order to have a successful download. Payments will be submitted through PayPal via an account or credit/debit card. Once payment is submitted, PayPal automatically redirects you back to the FPSI site where access to the download link will be located on the Order Details-Checkout Status page. Applicants must pay close attention to ALL instructions on both FPSI and PayPal’s websites in order to access the instant download successfully.

5.  Oral Interviews with the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners conduct individual interviews. Interview are expected to be held on November 8 and 9. No make-up dates will be offered. Applicants eligible for an interview will be photographed, fingerprinted, and will complete a written computer proficiency test as part of the interview process.

Applications will not be accepted at the Park Forest Police Department.

Apply now by clicking here:

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