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Police Officer - Lateral

Rockford Police Department


Contact Information


Rockford Police Department
557 S. New Towne Drive
Rockford, IL 61108

Phone Number:

  • 779-500-6628

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 06/19/18


  • Starting: $56,976 - $68,095

Sworn Officers:

  • 291

City Population:

  • 152,251

Position Details


This is a listing for the position of a sworn police officer.

The City of Rockford is looking for individuals who represent the diversity in thought and experiences, which are shared by our citizens.

Candidates must have strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Candidates should possess good interpersonal skills, common sense and have the ability to problem solve. Rockford Police lateral candidates must meet all of the requirements for entry- level Rockford Police Officer and must possess a valid Law Enforcement Officer certificate from the Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Lateral candidates must complete all testing deemed necessary by the Rockford Fire and Police Commission.

Minimum Qualifications:

There are certain standards that an applicant must meet in order to become a Rockford police officer which are summarized in this section.

All qualifications for lateral police officers are set within the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, City of Rockford Ordinances Section 2.29 and all applicable statutes.

For a complete list of qualifications and disqualifications please visit:

The Lateral Entry Minimum Qualifications Are:

  1. At the time of application, a lateral applicant must be employed as a full-time officer with an law enforcement agency and shall have been so employed for a minimum of one (1) years; or if the applicant is an out-of-state lateral candidate currently employed as a full-time police officer with any municipal, county, or state law enforcement agency, such lateral applicant shall have been so employed for a minimum of one (1) years prior to application and shall meet the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board "Out of State Reciprocity" requirements as in effect from time to time. A. A newly hired individual that is certified as a law enforcement officer shall be paid the appropriate Pay Step for previous years of law enforcement service up to a maximum of five (5) years. Starting pay is $56,976 - $68,095.
  2. Applicant must have certificate attesting to their completion of the minimum standards basic law enforcement training course, as provided in the Illinois Police Training Act. Proof of certification is required with application and will be subject to the final approval and waiver by Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  3. Applicants must attach a copy of their professional resume with their application. Age An applicant shall be at least 21-years-old at the time of application and at the time of hire. A CERTIFIED BIRTH COPY of your birth certificate and required documents will be required at the time of the application.

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