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Entry Level Police Officer

River Forest Police Department
400 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
United States

Law Enforcement / Military
Application Closing Date
From $80,412 To $114,339
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description
River Forest Police Department
400 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
Phone: 708-714-3561
Population: 11.717
Sworn: 29 (Currently authorized up to 30 Officers)
Application Deadline: 8/19/24 by 4:00 PM
Starting: $80,412 (Step 1)
Top Patrol Salary: $114,339
Sergeant Salary: $131,338
Starting Salary for Entry Level Officer May 1, 2025:
Step 1 $83,025
Top Patrol Salary: $118,055
Sergeant Salary: $135,606
Corporal - $3,420
Field Training Officer - $1,800
Vehicle Officer-in-Charge - $1,800
Detective - $1,800
Training Officer - $1,800
School Resource Officer - $1,800
EDUCATION INCENTIVE: Officers are eligible for this benefit only after completing their probationary period.
Associate’s Degree: $1,000
Bachelor’s Degree: $1,500
Master’s Degree: $1,750
UNIFORM ALLOWANCE: $1,000 per year with $425 carryover
The River Forest Police department is also able to provide training and opportunities in several areas including:
Firearms Instructor Evidence Technician
Armorer Field Training Officer
Bicycle Officer Rifle Instructor
Breath Alcohol Operator Hostage Negotiations
Defensive Tactics Instructor Juvenile Officer
Child Passenger Safety Technician Lead Homicide Investigator
Crisis Intervention Team Less Lethal Instructor
School Resource Officer NARCAN Instructor
Elderly Services Officer Peer Support
Narcotics Investigator Rapid Deployment Instructor
Shield Instructor Truck Enforcement
Honor Guard Drone Pilot
Officers are also assigned to task forces throughout the region, including:
Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Mobile Field Force
West Suburban Drug and Gang Initiative (WEDGE)
West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Investigations Team
West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Forensics Team
West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Major Crash Team
INSURANCE PROGRAM - Several excellent program options of health and insurance currently exist in the Village of River Forest. Dental and Vision plans are offered. A life insurance policy is provided equivalent to the officer's current base salary rate with an option for the employee to purchase up to an additional life insurance at excellent rates.
5/2-5/3 WORK SCHEDULE; 8.5 HOUR Shifts
After 1 year of service: 12 shifts
After 5 years: 15 shifts
After 10 years: 20 shifts
After 15 years: 25 shifts
PERSONAL TIME - 3 personal days off per year with pay
HOLIDAYS - 12 automatically paid holidays (If worked, an additional 4 hours premium pay, for 6 of the Holidays)
SICK LEAVE - Employees earn 1 day per month and may accumulate up to 240-8 hour days.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 5 days leave with pay are available upon the death of anyone in the immediate family.
RESIDENCY - The River Forest Police Department has no residency or geographical boundary requirement prior to employment.
Entry Level Police Officer
River Forest Police Department
The River Forest Police Department has invested heavily in technology. The Village has a vast network of cameras to provide enhanced community safety. The camera system acts as a force multiplier for police. Officers can operate and view the system on workstations in the Department and remotely from the in-car computers. The system will continue to expand in the future.
Advanced License Plate Reader systems are strategically deployed in fixed locations throughout the Village. The systems are also deployed on police cars to augment officers’ abilities to locate and investigate stolen vehicles, wanted offenders, habitual traffic offenders, and more.
The Department also has an on-site firearms training range. Officers have access to the range for state qualifications and firearm proficiency training. Officers work with certified range instructors on advanced exercises and techniques throughout the year. The range is receiving significant upgrades to the computerized target systems in August 2023.
The Village of River Forest was incorporated in 1880. According to the 2020 census, the population of the community is 11,717 with 4,040 housing units. The median family income in 2020 was $129,263. The Village consists mainly of residential single-family homes, with some multi-family housing. There are commercial areas, primarily bordering North Avenue, Madison Street, and Harlem Avenue. The Lake Street corridor is home to a large outdoor shopping district. The Village is home to two private universities and a private high school. The Village has a Metra stop and is in walking distance of both the CTA Green and Blue Lines. In addition, the Village is less than one-mile away from the I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) at both the Harlem and Des Plaines Avenue entrances/exits. The Village borders the communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, and the city of Chicago.
Important Dates:
Applications Deadline:
All applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM on Monday, August 19, 2024.
Apply online here:
When applying, you will need to upload the following documentation:
A copy of your Driver’s License
Birth Certificate
College Transcript(s)
Power Test Card issued between August 24, 2023 to August 24, 2024
MANDATORY Orientation for all applicants:
A mandatory orientation will be held in person on:
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Check in time commences at 6:00 PM.
Village Hall
400 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
1st Floor Community Room
If you are unable to attend in person, please contact for alternate arrangements:
Written Examination:
Saturday, August 24, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Check in time commences at 8:00 AM
No one will be admitted to take exam after 9:00 AM.
Oral Interview:
Applicants who successfully pass the written test will be notified of the exact date, time, and location for their oral interview.
To Be Announced
Selection Process:
Applicants must successfully pass:
Background investigation and credit check
Polygraph Examination
Post-offer examinations to include:
Psychological evaluation
Medical examination
Drug screening

Job Requirements

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of the application as permitted by 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6.
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and under 35 years of age at the time of application and at the time the final eligibility list is posted; unless exempt from such age limitation as provided in the Fire and Police Commissioners Act.
NEW EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS: Applicants must provide a college transcript showing proof of a minimum of 30 credit hours from an accredited Community College, College or University.
Applicants must submit proof that they have passed the Illinois Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) Test dated between August 24, 2023 to August 24, 2024.
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