Entry Level Police Patrol Officer

 

The City of Decatur allows applicants to apply and take the written test for the position of Entry Level Police Patrol Officer on an on-going basis.

To apply for the position and sign up for the written test; applicants should go to the National Testing Network (NTN) web page  and complete a National Testing Network application.  In addition, applicants must complete a City of Decatur employment application (Click Here – City Application)   The closing date for the Entry Level Position is set for Friday, August 2, 2019. If it is determined that the closing date needs to be extended, a notification will be placed on the City’s career page: Click Here – Career Page. Candidates can continue to apply/test after this date for the next selection 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 selection process.

Applicants must provide an email address that they frequently check, as this is how we will contact you.

Entry Level Police Patrol Officer City Application

 

Lateral Transfer – For Experienced Officers Only

 

The City of Decatur allows applicants to apply and take the written test for the position of Lateral Transfer Police Patrol Officer on an on-going basis.

To apply for the position and sign up for the written test; applicants should go to the National Testing Network (NTN) web page . Applicants must complete a City of Decatur employment application (Click here – City Application)  and enroll on the National Testing Network web page.

Once on the national testing network web page, applicants need to select “Law Enforcement Jobs” and Decatur, IL Police Department. Make sure you select Lateral Transfer – For Experienced Officers Only Application.  Applicants are also required to complete the Personal History Questionnaire and pass the written test PRIOR to the close of the selection process.

Applicants must provide an email address that they frequently check, as this is how we will contact you.

In order to be considered for the Lateral Transfer Police Patrol Officer position, the applicant must have the following prior experience:  Applicant must have a minimum of two years training and experience as a law enforcement officer as defined in the Illinois Police Training Act or two years training experience which in the judgment of the Decatur Police Department is substantially equal to two years training and experience as a law enforcement officer as defined in the Illinois Police Training Act, except that such training and experience does not have to be with the State of Illinois or any political subdivision of Illinois. Proof of such training and experience must be submitted at the time of testing through National Testing Network (NTN).

Lateral Transfer Police Patrol Officer Application

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at:  Recruitment

Examination Process

Video/Written Examination:  The video/written examination may be taken at any of the National Testing Network locations. To view the full list of testing locations visit: NTN Testing Locations. 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 prior to the application close date if they want to be considered for the current selection 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.

Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) Test:  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:

  1. Sit and Reach Test: This test measures flexibility, the ability of a joint to move through its full range of motion.
  2. 1-Minute Sit-up Test: This test measures muscular endurance, the ability to contract the muscle repeatedly over a period of time.
  3. 1 Repetition Maximum Bench Press Test: This test measures muscular strength, the amount of force a muscle can produce with a single maximum effort.
  4. 1.5 Mile Run Test: This test measures cardiovascular endurance, the ability to perform prolonged, large muscle, dynamic exercise at moderate-to-high levels of intensity.

Download the Power Test Standards.  A further explanation of the POWER test can be obtained by clicking the following link:  POWER Test Explanation

Preliminary Background Investigation: A preliminary background investigation will be completed prior to the oral interview. Candidates can be eliminated based on adverse information.

Oral Interview:  Applicants remaining in the process will be scheduled for an oral interview and must pass to continue in the process.

In-Depth Background Investigation:  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, but is not limited to, 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.

Veteran Points:  Eligible veterans may receive 5 veteran preference points added to their final examination score in accordance with 65 ILCS 5/10-1-16.

Selection from Eligibility Register:  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.