Police Patrol Officer - Lateral

Village of Winnetka


Contact Information


Village of Winnetka
510 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL 60093

Phone Number:

  • 847-716-3546

Fax Number:

  • 847-501-3180

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • NA


  • Starting: $75,145

Sworn Officers:

  • 28


  • 12,480

Position Details

The Village of Winnetka is seeking applicants for entry-level Police Patrol Officer by lateral appointment.

The Police Patrol Officer performs routine vehicular and foot patrols, investigates criminal activity, enforces traffic and parking regulations, and conducts a variety of crime prevention activities to protect life and property, prevent disorder, and enforce laws and ordinances.

Essential Functions:

  • Be present for roll call; receive and record pertinent information and instructions.
  • Patrol specified beat on foot and in patrol vehicle; make periodic interior and exterior premises checks of businesses, schools and residences to determine the existence of unusual or hazardous conditions.
  • Investigate suspicious persons, vehicles, places or activity. Take appropriate action when condition is warranted, including making arrests and issuing citations.
  • Promptly respond to radio calls investigating crimes, complaints, disturbances, traffic accidents, and stray animals.
  • Administer first aid in emergencies.
  • Investigate conditions hazardous to life and property.
  • Conduct initial investigations of crime and crime scenes, and collect and preserve evidence.
  • Identify, pursue, apprehend, and assist in the prosecution of persons who violate federal, state, and local laws, statutes and ordinances; subdue resisting individuals; search arrested persons; seize contraband; transport arrestees to the police facility/lock-up; make warrant inquiries; fingerprint suspects; attend and testify during court appearance.
  • Conduct enforcement stops for motor vehicle violations; enforce parking laws/restrictions; direct traffic; assist motorists with disabled vehicles; request emergency assistance when needed; remove debris to eliminate traffic hazards; and assist with moving disabled vehicles from the roadway.
  • Intervene in and temporarily mediate domestic disputes; advise parties of their legal rights under state law; explain domestic legal procedures to all parties; and make referrals to other agencies when appropriate.
  • Analyze, organize, and present intelligence and other information relating to suspected criminal activity.
  • Interview, question, and interrogate when necessary, victims and complainants, witnesses, informants, and suspects of possible criminal activity.
  • Prepare accurate written reports, records and diagrams and complete other paperwork necessary for court proceedings; attend court proceedings when required.
  • Maintain positive law enforcement presence in the community; meet with and make presentations to various citizen groups.
  • Engage in regular fitness for duty, firearms training, and professional development training.
  • Reconstruct incidents, including traffic accidents, using mathematical, computer and other techniques.
  • Evacuate persons from dangerous areas, secure buildings and areas and assist other departments or agencies in disaster and emergency situations.
  • Assume special duties including beach patrol, bike patrol, and longer term assignments including that of investigator, school resource officer, juvenile officer, fitness instructor, department training officer, field training officer, evidence technician, accident investigator, firearms instructor, crime prevention officer, motorcycle officer, Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) and North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF) team member, and other assignments when required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Must meet all educational and eligibility requirements as outlined by the Village of Winnetka Board of Fire and Police Commissioners' Rules and Regulations.

  • Currently certified as a full-time Law Enforcement Officer by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board.
  • Associate's degree or 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university.
  • Corrected far vision to 20/20 or better and corrected near vision to 20/40, possess normal peripheral vision and the ability to distinguish colors.
  • Successful completion of Police Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (P.O.W.E.R.) test within 6 months of date of application conducted by the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) or an Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) Mobile Training Unit pursuant to the P.O.W.E.R. test guidelines of the ILETSB. 

Work shifts are normally 12 hours in duration, 40 hours weekly, rotating and/or fixed shifts, both indoors and outdoors. Some work may occur during normal business hours in a typical office setting for limited lengths of time. The position involves being available for on-call emergency notifications and response when deemed necessary.

Submit application online at:


Applicants should apply with a cover letter, resume, copy of Law Enforcement Officer certification, copy of a most recent P.O.W.E.R test card, and school transcripts.

For questions and/or assistance, please contact:

Ann Eriksson, Human Resources Generalist


Village of Winnetka:

The Village of Winnetka Police Department is comprised of 28 full-time sworn officers and 10 civilian employees. The Department's mission is to "protect life and property; preserve a peaceful community; prevent, detect, and investigate crimes; justly enforce laws; and protect the rights of all citizens." The patrol section consists of one Patrol Commander, five Patrol Sergeants, and sixteen Patrol Officers. The department also has a fully-staffed investigations unit comprised of an Investigations Unit Commander, two detectives, and a School Resources Officer. In addition to providing essential police services, the department provides continuing in-service training and opportunities for assignment to specialty functions, such as firearms instructor, physical fitness coordinator, evidence technician, field training officer, crime prevention officer, participation in specialty teams including the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF) and the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Services Team (NIPAS), motorcycle officer, and bicycle patrol unit.

The Village of Winnetka is an affluent north shore community located sixteen miles north of Chicago, with a population of 12,480 residents and is approximately 4-square miles.

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