Entry Level Police Officer

River Forest Police Department

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Contact Information

Address:

River Forest Police Department
400 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 08/19/24
  • by 4:00 PM

Salary:

  • Starting: $80,412 (Step 1)

    • Top Patrol Salary: $114,339
    • Sergeant Salary: $131,338

    Starting Salary for Entry Level Officer May 1, 2025:

    • Step 1 $83,025
    • Top Patrol Salary: $118,055
    • Sergeant Salary: $135,606

    ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION OPPORTUNITIES:

    • SPECIALIST PAY- Annually:
      • Corporal - $3,420
      • Field Training Officer - $1,800
      • Vehicle Officer-in-Charge - $1,800 
      • Detective - $1,800 
      • Training Officer - $1,800 
      • School Resource Officer - $1,800
    • EDUCATION INCENTIVE: Officers are eligible for this benefit only after completing their probationary period.
      • Associate’s Degree: $1,000
      • Bachelor’s Degree: $1,500
      • Master’s Degree: $1,750
    • UNIFORM ALLOWANCE: $1,000 per year with $425 carryover

    SPECIALTY POSITIONS:

    The River Forest Police department is also able to provide training and opportunities in several areas including:

    Firearms Instructor Evidence Technician
    Armorer Field Training Officer
    Bicycle Officer Rifle Instructor
    Breath Alcohol Operator Hostage Negotiations
    Defensive Tactics Instructor Juvenile Officer
    Child Passenger Safety Technician Lead Homicide Investigator
    Crisis Intervention Team Less Lethal Instructor
    School Resource Officer NARCAN Instructor
    Elderly Services Officer Peer Support
    Narcotics Investigator Rapid Deployment Instructor
    Shield Instructor Truck Enforcement
    Honor Guard Drone Pilot

    Officers are also assigned to task forces throughout the region, including:

    • Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Mobile Field Force
    • West Suburban Drug and Gang Initiative (WEDGE)
    • West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Investigations Team
    • West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Forensics Team 
    • West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Major Crash Team

    BENEFITS:

    • INSURANCE PROGRAM - Several excellent program options of health and insurance currently exist in the Village of River Forest. Dental and Vision plans are offered. A life insurance policy is provided equivalent to the officer's current base salary rate with an option for the employee to purchase up to an additional life insurance at excellent rates.
    • PENSION PLAN FOR POLICE OFFICERS
    • 5/2-5/3 WORK SCHEDULE; 8.5 HOUR Shifts
    • VACATION PROGRAM:
      • After 1 year of service: 12 shifts
      • After 5 years: 15 shifts
      • After 10 years: 20 shifts
      • After 15 years: 25 shifts
    • PERSONAL TIME - 3 personal days off per year with pay
    • HOLIDAYS - 12 automatically paid holidays (If worked, an additional 4 hours premium pay, for 6 of the Holidays)
    • SICK LEAVE - Employees earn 1 day per month and may accumulate up to 240-8 hour days.
    • BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 5 days leave with pay are available upon the death of anyone in the immediate family.
    • RESIDENCY - The River Forest Police Department has no residency or geographical boundary requirement prior to employment.

Sworn:

  • 29 (Currently authorized up to 30 Officers)

Population:

  • 11,717

Position Details

Entry Level Police Officer

River Forest Police Department

EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY:

The River Forest Police Department has invested heavily in technology. The Village has a vast network of cameras to provide enhanced community safety. The camera system acts as a force multiplier for police. Officers can operate and view the system on workstations in the Department and remotely from the in-car computers. The system will continue to expand in the future.

Advanced License Plate Reader systems are strategically deployed in fixed locations throughout the Village. The systems are also deployed on police cars to augment officers’ abilities to locate and investigate stolen vehicles, wanted offenders, habitual traffic offenders, and more.

The Department also has an on-site firearms training range. Officers have access to the range for state qualifications and firearm proficiency training. Officers work with certified range instructors on advanced exercises and techniques throughout the year. The range is receiving significant upgrades to the computerized target systems in August 2023.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION:

The Village of River Forest was incorporated in 1880. According to the 2020 census, the population of the community is 11,717 with 4,040 housing units. The median family income in 2020 was $129,263. The Village consists mainly of residential single-family homes, with some multi-family housing. There are commercial areas, primarily bordering North Avenue, Madison Street, and Harlem Avenue. The Lake Street corridor is home to a large outdoor shopping district. The Village is home to two private universities and a private high school. The Village has a Metra stop and is in walking distance of both the CTA Green and Blue Lines. In addition, the Village is less than one-mile away from the I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) at both the Harlem and Des Plaines Avenue entrances/exits. The Village borders the communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, and the city of Chicago.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of the application as permitted by 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and under 35 years of age at the time of application and at the time the final eligibility list is posted; unless exempt from such age limitation as provided in the Fire and Police Commissioners Act.
  • NEW EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS: Applicants must provide a college transcript showing proof of a minimum of 30 credit hours from an accredited Community College, College or University.
  • Applicants must submit proof that they have passed the Illinois Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) Test dated between August 24, 2023 to August 24, 2024.

Important Dates:

Applications Deadline:

All applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM on Monday, August 19, 2024.

Apply online here:

https://www.vrf.us/departments/Careers/Entry-Level-Police-Officer1.html

When applying, you will need to upload the following documentation:

  • A copy of your Driver’s License
  • Birth Certificate
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Power Test Card issued between August 24, 2023 to August 24, 2024

MANDATORY Orientation for all applicants:

A mandatory orientation will be held in person on:

Wednesday, August 21, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Check in time commences at 6:00 PM.

Location:

Village Hall

400 Park Avenue

River Forest, IL 60305

1st Floor Community Room

If you are unable to attend in person, please contact for alternate arrangements:

rmorris@vrf.us

Written Examination:

Saturday, August 24, 2024 at 9:00 AM

Check in time commences at 8:00 AM

No one will be admitted to take exam after 9:00 AM.

Oral Interview:

Applicants who successfully pass the written test will be notified of the exact date, time, and location for their oral interview.

Location:

To Be Announced

Selection Process:

Applicants must successfully pass:

  • Background investigation and credit check
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Post-offer examinations to include:
    • Psychological evaluation
    • Medical examination
    • Drug screening


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