To apply for the position and sign up for the written test, applicants should go to the National Testing Network (NTN) web page: www.nationaltestingnetwork.com and complete a National Testing Network application.
In addition, applicants are required to complete a City of Decatur employment application which may be found online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/decaturil. You will be required to create a username & password with Government Jobs to submit your application.
The close date for this application process is set for Friday, August 2nd, 2019. If it is determined that the closing date needs to be extended, a notification will be placed on the City’s careers page; https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/decaturil.
Candidates can continue to apply/test after this date for the next application process.
Once on the National Testing Network web page, applicants need to select “Law Enforcement Jobs” and Decatur, IL Police Department. Applicants are also required to complete the Personal History Questionnaire and pass the written test PRIOR to the close of the application process. Selection of candidates will be made according to the Civil Service laws for cities, as modified by the City Code of the City of Decatur, Illinois.
As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Decatur encourages all potential applicants, regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, to apply for positions with the City of Decatur Police Department. Minorities are encouraged to apply.
POLICE PATROL ANNUAL BASE RATE (effective January 1st, 2019)
(effective January 1st, 2019)
The Decatur City Code identifies the responsibility of the Decatur Police Department as the protection of life and property, the protection of rights of persons, the enforcement of ordinances and regulations and the preservation of peace, order, and safety. With the City Code as mandate for service, the Departmental responsibilities or mission statement of the Decatur Police Department are identified as:
Angie Roberts or Penny Rogers at the Human Resources Department: (217) 424-2805
To be eligible to take part in the application process for Police Patrol Officer, applicants must possess the following qualifications:
**SPECIAL NOTE**, Police Patrol Officers may be required to maintain physical fitness standards throughout their careers.
The written examination may be taken at any of the National Testing Network locations. To view the full list of testing locations visit: https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/testing-locations.cfm,.
Applicants are responsible for the cost of the written test and application through the National Testing Network. Applicants who are unable to afford the cost of the written test may apply for a waiver by completing the National Testing Network Fee Waiver Request Form.
Applicants must pass this test to continue in the process. The written test consists of four components: written language ability, multiple-choice writing, multiple-choice reading, and video scenarios. These four components are scored in the following three categories: video, writing and reading. Applicants must score 65.00% on video and 70.00% on writing and reading.
This test must be completed prior to the oral interview. Test dates will be announced once the application process has closed. POWER tests may also be completed prior to the close of the application process at the convenience of the applicant and the Department.
The test will include the following:
A preliminary background investigation will be completed prior to the oral interview. Candidates can be eliminated based on adverse information.
Applicants remaining in the process will be scheduled for an oral interview and must pass to continue in the process.
The position of police officer requires a great deal of public trust and carries a tremendous amount of responsibility. In addition to the Personal History Questionnaire, applicants must complete a Police Patrol Officer Applicant Background Questionnaire and return it by the due date. 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, inquiries of neighbors, 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 information discovered about the candidate that would reflect negatively upon the Decatur 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 65 ILCS 5/10-1-7(c). As part of the background investigation process, applicants will be mandated to participate in a ride-along. They will be required to write a one-page synopsis of their ride-along experience. Candidates are expected to dress in business casual clothing for the ride-along. T-shirts, jeans and shorts are prohibited. Applicants that do not participate in the ride-along will be eliminated from the pre-employment process.
Eligible veterans may receive 5 veteran preference points added to their final examination score in accordance with 65 ILCS 5/10-1-16.
Applicants who are placed on the eligible register will be selected by the Chief of Police. Physical, Drug Screen, and Psychological Evaluation: Applicants selected off of the eligible register must pass a physical examination, drug screening, and psychological evaluation. Final appointment is contingent upon passing all of these components.
Work involves protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances, and general police assignments including field patrol, preliminary complaint and criminal investigation, traffic control and accident investigation. Duties involve an element of personal danger and require that Police Patrol Officers act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies.
Police Patrol Officers shall reside within the corporate limits of Macon County, or within the corporate limits of any municipality extending into Macon County within 90 days following the completion of their probationary period. This position requires a one-year probationary period.
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