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Lateral Police Officer

Lake Bluff Police Department

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Address:

Lake Bluff Police Department
45 East Center Avenue
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 02/19/24
  • Immediate Openings! (Applications accepted on a continual basis, but interviews are tentatively scheduled for 2/22/2024 for immediate openings.)

Salary:

  • ANNUAL SALARY SCHEDULE – as of May 1, 2023:

    The below wage scale reflects the contractual agreement for entry level officers.  However, lateral officers have traditionally started at a higher step in the pay scale than entry level officers. All pay rates subject to final confirmation by Village at time of hire. 3% salary increase scheduled on May 1, 2024.

     Start  $83,908
     After End of Probation (12-18 Months)  $93,220
     After 2 years  $97,877
     After 3 years  $102,531
     After 4 years  $107,188
     After 5 years  $111,842
     After 6 years  $114,079

    Benefits Summary Disclaimer:

    This summary is intended to provide general information regarding compensation, benefits and other related information and is not meant to be all-inclusive. Not all compensation, benefits or information presented may apply to certain individuals, such as employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Each plan or program has its own eligibility requirements. This summary does not create expressed or implied compensation or benefits that a candidate for employment would be entitled to if hired. The Village of Lake Bluff reserves the right to change or end its compensation, benefit plans or programs at any time.

    Bargaining Unit: Fraternal Order of Police (FOP): full time, sworn employees in the rank of Police Officer.

    Benefits:

    • 12 Hour shifts from 6am-6pm, 6pm-6am with every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off
    • 1 Kelly Day off every six weeks
    • Paid Time Off
    • Holidays/Personal Time: Sworn Police Officers are eligible to receive 60 hours of paid holiday time and 36 paid hours of personal time per calendar year.
    • Vacation: Vacation is accrued based on date of hire for available use following the respective anniversary date based on the following general schedule and applicable collective bargaining agreement:
      • One (1) to completion of fourth year - 80 hours
      • Five (5) to completion of Ninth (9th) year - 120 hours
      • Ten (10) years and Up - 160 hours
    • Sick Leave: Sick time is earned at the rate of 3.69 hours every two-week pay period.
    • Compensatory time off
    • Pension/Social Security/Deferred Compensation: Incoming sworn probationary officers shall be provided relevant information regarding the police pension system, social security, and deferred compensation options.
    • Tuition Assistance Program: Full-time employees are eligible to seek assistance from the Village for continuing education costs. Tuition assistance will be based on standing Department/Village/Labor agreements.

Sworn:

  • 15

Population:

  • 5,600

Position Details

We are actively hiring!

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications and requirements at the time of application and hire:

  • State of Illinois certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) with no more than forty (40) hours of training required for recertification or successful completion of an out-of-state Basic Police Officer Training program which can be transferred and accepted by the ILETSB.
    • Part-time certification as a law enforcement officer; corrections officer certification; and/or military law enforcement training DO NOT meet this requirement
  • United States citizen, naturalized citizen, or as otherwise provided in Section 2.1 "Residence" of the Lake Bluff "Rules and Regulations of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners".
  • Individuals must be at least 21 years old.
  • Education - High school education or GED and have completed 60 credit hours or an associate’s degree from an accredited college or university; or credit hours may be waived if the applicant has served at least two years of active military service. Proof of active military service will be required, as well as proof of an honorable discharge if the applicant is separated from the military.
  • Experience – All candidates must have at least 2 years continuous experience as a full time sworn officer with your most recent agency. You may also have left your most recent agency in good standing within 2 years of this lateral entry application process.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • 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.
The Village of Lake Bluff or its representatives reserve the right to reverify candidate qualifications at any time during the screening and hiring process.

The Lake Bluff Police Department has specific appearance policies for its Officers and employees, including but not limited to policies related to tattoos, body art, branding, and body piercing or body alteration / mutilation. Visible tattoos, other than on the face, head, hands, and visible neck, are permitted with the authorization of the Chief of Police. Additionally, facial hair is allowed with certain limitations.

Residency:

Although highly desirable, officers are not required to maintain residence within the Village limits.  Officers shall reside within a thirty (30) mile radius of the Lake Bluff Police Station.

Selection Process:

An offer of employment is contingent on passing all required screenings and examinations.

  • There is no guarantee of an interview or further consideration for candidates submitting an application. Inclusion in any lateral entry candidate screening process shall be based upon the relative excellence of the candidates reflecting qualifications above the stated minimum qualifications and the hiring needs of the Department at the time of review.
  • Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an oral interview conducted by Village of Lake Bluff Board of Fire and Police Commissioners (BFPC). Upon recommendation by the interview committee, qualified candidates will be placed on an eligibility registry that the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners may choose for further employment consideration. The names on the registry are retained at the discretion of the BFPC.
  • Candidates may receive a conditional offer of employment and participate in additional post-offer screenings and examinations including but not limited to: polygraph examination; psychological evaluation; character and background investigation and credit check; medical examinations and drug screening. Candidates must receive a satisfactory evaluation or recommendation on each screening or examination in order to proceed in the selection process. Failure to achieve a satisfactory evaluation on any screening or examination shall result in immediate disqualification from further consideration.
  • Out-of-state Lateral Police Officers must meet all of the conditions of the waiver granted by the ILETSB within three (3) months of appointment for the employee to continue employment.
  • New Lateral Police Officers are subject to a 12 -18 month probationary period.

For applications and additional information on the Lake Bluff Police Department and the Village of Lake Bluff:

Visit our website:

www.lakebluff.org/departments-services/police-department

Applications must be emailed, hand delivered or mailed directly to:

msmizinski@lakebluff.org

OR

Lake Bluff Police Department

45 East Center Avenue

Lake Bluff, IL 60044 

The Village of Lake Bluff is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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