Police Officer - Entry Level and Lateral Transfer

Village of Matteson

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Contact Information

Address:

Village of Matteson
Attn: Human Resources
4900 Village Commons
Matteson, IL 60443

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 09/30/20

Salary:

  • The beginning salary for Patrol Officers and Lateral Transfer Officers is $63,505 (effective 5/1/20) and $65,093 (effective 5/1/21).

    Benefits: See Below

Sworn Officers:

  • 41

Population:

  • 19,000+

Position Details

MATTESON POLICE DEPARTMENT

NOW HIRING ENTRY LEVEL POLICE OFFICERS AND LATERAL TRANSFERS

Do you have a strong desire to help your community and make a difference in people's lives? THEN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Considering today’s environment, the Village of Matteson believes a career in Law Enforcement will look different going forward and will become an even more rewarding profession for those who have a desire to serve. If your skillsets include the following qualities, then you will want to be a part of the Matteson Police Department.

  • Good communication skills and the ability to listen empathetically.
  • High level of integrity where you instill trust in the people you serve.
  • A strong sense of resilience and the ability to put personal feelings aside.
  • Motivated by working for something greater than yourself. 

The Village of Matteson is now accepting applications for Entry Level Police Officers (No Law Enforcement Experience Required) and Lateral Transfers (Experienced Police Officers) for the Matteson Police Department (MPD).

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply for this position, you must complete and submit the attached Police Officer Application.

POLICE OFFICER APPLICATION

Applications should be submitted to:

jlperry@villageofmatteson.org

In order to submit your application, you must save it to a separate file before sending.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Human Resources

708-283-4910

THE POSTING CLOSES ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

MATTESON POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Matteson Police Department (MPD) serves the community with a staff of 41 sworn officers and 16 civilian employees. The Police Administration oversees operations conducted by a Patrol Division, Investigations Division, Records Division and a Crime Prevention/Community Policing Bureau. Members of the Investigations Division also participate with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, an organization of Investigators from various agencies throughout the Chicago suburbs who, along with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police and the Illinois State Police, combine resources to investigate crimes of violence. We handle everything from Financial Crimes, Drug Investigations, Burglaries, etc.

Members of the MPD also receive specialized training in various aspects of law enforcement with assignments including but not limited to:

 Tactical Officer/Plain Clothes   S.S.E.R.T. (South Suburban Emergency Response Team) 
 Bicycle Officer   S.M.A.R.T. (Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team) 
 Juvenile Officer   S.R.O. (School Resource Officer) 
 K-9 Officer   F.T.O. (Field Training Officer) 
 Evidence Technician   Range Officer/Firearms Instructor

MINIMUM EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Age: May be 20 years of age at the time of the written test; must be 21 at the time of appointment.
  • Height & Weight: Must be comparable for overall size and body structure.
  • Physical Conditions: Must demonstrate physical agility, muscular coordination, pass a rigid physical exam and drug test.
  • Character: Must be of good moral character and temperate habits. Extensive background check, psychological testing and polygraph examination required for final applicants.
  • Education: Must have a High School diploma or G.E.D. at the time of application.
  • Residency: Employees have 24 months to obtain radius residency. 
  • Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report Test (POWER) Test Card:  Must provide proof of a valid and current (within 6 months) POWER Test Card at the time of the written exam. For test information contact:

LATERAL TRANSFER POLICE OFFICERS:

Must be a current full-time law enforcement officer and have a minimum of two years’ experience with any local, county or state law enforcement agency. Proof of experience is required.

WAGES & BENEFITS:

The Village of Matteson offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

WAGES:

The beginning salary for Patrol Officers and Lateral Transfer Officers is $63,505 (effective 5/1/20) and $65,093 (effective 5/1/21). 

HOLIDAYS AND PERSONAL DAYS:

The Village recognizes nine (9) paid holidays and grants Police Officers 24 hours of paid personal time during each fiscal year.

SICK LEAVE:

Officers receive 8 hours sick time per month.

VACATION:

Officers with one (1) to four (4) years of service receive 80 hours of paid vacation and progress to a maximum of 200 hours with 20 or more years of service.

INSURANCE:

The Village offers comprehensive health and dental insurance, life insurance coverage equal to 1 times base salary, short-term disability and a Section 125 plan for unreimbursed medical expenses.

PENSION PLAN:

Officers participate in the Matteson Police Pension Plan and contribute 9.91% of their salary into the fund on a pre-tax basis. You must also contribute to Social Security at a total rate of 7.65%.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLANS (457):

The Village offers three deferred investment plans for employee participation.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:

A confidential Employee/Member Assistance Program is offered to all full-time employees and families, at no cost to the employee. This program provides comprehensive evaluation, counseling and referral, and online access to services and resources.

UNIFORMS:

The Village furnishes full initial uniforms and leathers. Thereafter, each Officer is allotted an annual uniform allowance of $800. On and off duty, the Officer must purchase his/her weapons.

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVES:

Tuition reimbursement available for work related courses.

METROPOLITAN ALLIANCE OF POLICE (MAP):

Matteson Police Officers and Sergeants are represented by the Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP) union. Our current contract expires April 30, 2023.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION AND HIRING/SELECTION PROCESS:

PHASE 1

Written Examination:

Written exams will be conducted at the Matteson Community Center on Friday, October 9, 2020. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions with a two-hour time limit. The test questions cover the following content areas: observation and memory, written communication, reading comprehension, and analytical ability. A candidate preparation manual and practice test are available for purchase. Examinations will be scored on-site, and candidates will be notified as to their eligibility to proceed on to Phase 2. The Village adheres to all Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) safety guidelines regarding COVID-19 including social distancing and face coverings. A valid and current (within 6 months) POWER Test Card must be presented at the written exam.

Preliminary Background Investigation:

A preliminary background investigation will be completed prior to Phase 2. Candidates can be eliminated based on adverse information.

PHASE 2

Oral Interview:

Candidates who successfully complete Phase 1 will be scheduled for a group oral interview (of 5 or fewer candidates). The interview will be conducted by an interview panel of persons with substantial experience and expertise in law enforcement. Oral interviews will be conducted at the Matteson Police Department within two (2) weeks after the written examination. Candidates will be notified of the specific date and time. The Village adheres to all Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) safety guidelines regarding COVID-19 including social distancing and face coverings.

In-Depth Background Investigation:

Candidates must be of good moral character and will be subject to a thorough background investigation including, but not limited to, police records check, credit check, work history, inquiries of neighbors and relatives, work history and other references.

Candidates may be eliminated from the process at any time based on information obtained from the background investigation. This includes, but is not limited to, information discovered about the candidate that would reflect negatively upon the Matteson Police Department if the candidate was hired. A conviction record may be considered on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily disqualify a candidate. However, Illinois State law precludes appointment as a Police Officer with any felony conviction or any disqualifying conviction as set forth in 65ILCS 5/10-1-7(c).

Veteran Points:

Eligible veterans may receive 5 (five) veteran preference points added to their final examination score (oral and written) in accordance with 65 ILCS 5/10-1-16.

FINAL POLICE ELIGIBILITY REGISTER:

Final Police Eligibility Register:

Candidates who pass Phase 1 and 2 will be placed on the Final Police Eligibility Register and will be reviewed by the Fire and Police Commission.

Physical, Drug Screen, Polygraph Exam and Psychological Evaluation:

Candidates selected from the Final Police Eligibility Register must pass a physical examination, drug screen, polygraph exam and psychological evaluation. Final appointment is contingent upon passing all of these components.



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