In August of 1999, the Governor signed into law a bill that would automatically decertify any Illinois police officer convicted of certain misdemeanor criminal offenses. This bill also made the conviction for any of the decertifiable offenses automatic disqualifiers for persons wishing to pursue careers as Illinois Police Officers. This program is closely monitored by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

The Decatur Police Department performs a complete background check and criminal history on all applicants for the job of police officer with the City of Decatur. No applicant will be accepted or allowed to proceed through the testing process for police officer if there is a conviction for any disqualifying misdemeanor offense. The following are disqualifying misdemeanor offenses in the State of Illinois appear in Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 720.

Disqualifying Misdemeanor Offenses

  • Indecent Solicitation of a Child
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Child
  • Prostitution
  • Soliciting for a Prostitute
  • Keeping a Place of Prostitution
  • Patronizing a Prostitute
  • Pimping
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Intimidation
  • Criminal Sexual Abuse
  • Theft
  • Deceptive Practices/Worthless Checks
  • Impersonation of Police or Veteran Fraternal Organizations
  • Unlawful Use of Weapons
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearms and Firearm Ammunition
  • Defacing Identification Marks of Firearms
  • Mob Action
  • Keeping a Gambling Place
  • Offering a Bribe
  • Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer or Correctional Institution Employee
  • Obstructing Justice
  • Escape; Failure to Report to a Penal Institution or to Report for Periodic Imprisonment
  • Aiding Escape
  • Compounding a Crime
  • Perjury
  • Subornation of Perjury
  • Communicating with Jurors and Witnesses
  • Tampering with Public Records
  • Harassment of Representatives for the Child, Jurors, Witnesses, or Others
  • Simulating Legal Process
  • Manufacture or Delivery of Cannabis
  • Delivery of Cannabis on School Grounds