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Police Officer - Lateral and Entry Level

Village of Park Forest
350 Victory Drive
Park Forest, IL 60466
United States

Law Enforcement / Military
Application Closing Date
From $69,740 To $98,762
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description
Village of Park Forest
350 Victory Drive
Park Forest, IL 60466
Phone: 708-748-1112
Population: 21,000
Sworn: 42
Application Deadline: 5/21/24 @ 3:00 PM
Lateral Hires:
Starting probationary salaries for lateral hires are equivalent to salaries outlined in the current police union contract. Please note that on July 1, all salaries listed below will increase by 2.5%.
Illinois Certified Police Officer:
12 months full-time experience - Step B $75,382
24 months full-time experience - Step C $81,777
36 months of full-time experience - Step D $86,654
48 months of full-time experience - Step E $93,048
60 months or more of full time experience - Step F $98,762
Out-of-state certified police officers (with full-time experience as referenced above):
Begin at the contract probationary step salary of $69,740. Upon successful completion of the State of Illinois certification process, their probationary salary will be raised to the step equivalent to their experience as referenced above.
Entry Level Hires:
Probationary Salary: $69,740
The Village of Park Forest's Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is currently conducting a Lateral and Entry Level Police Officer Recruitment.
By participating in the process, applicants may qualify to be placed on the Park Forest Police Department’s two-year eligibility list.
Additionally, due to the current needs of the department, select lateral applicants may be identified to participate in an expedited process.
Applications are being accepted online only and are available by clicking on the link at the bottom.
To complete the process and be considered for a position applicants should:
1. Review the Park Forest Police Officer Job Description
Click here ( to view the job description. This document details the job of Police Officer with the Village of Park Forest, including such items as job functions and physical requirements.
2. Complete an Application for Employment
Complete the application before 3 PM on Tuesday, May 21. To make your application complete, you will need to include a copy of your:
High School Diploma or equivalent
Current P.O.W.E.R. card (applicable to entry level candidates only)
Birth Certificate and/or Certificate of Citizenship
Permanent Resident Card (if applicable)
College Transcripts (if applicable)
DD214 (applicable only to veterans wishing to receive veterans preference points)
3. Attend mandatory Orientation (for entry level officers only, laterals not required to attend)
Orientation attendance is mandatory for entry level officers to continue in the testing process. Attending orientation is not required for lateral applicants.
A picture ID (preferably a Driver’s License) is required for entry. Additionally, entry level candidates who did not previously provide proof of a current P.O.W.E.R. card will need to provide such at orientation in order to continue.
Orientation will include information on the Village of Park Forest, the profession of a Park Forest Police Officer, and the recruitment process. It will be held on:
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
6:30 PM - Doors open and check-in begins
7 PM - Doors close with no admittance afterwards. Timely arrival is required to proceed in the process.
Park Forest Village Hall (Board Room)
350 Victory Drive
Park Forest, IL 60466
4. Complete the Written Examination (required for all applicants)
A picture ID is required to sit for the written exam.
Wednesday, May 29, 2024
6:00 PM - Doors open
6:30 PM - Test begins. No admittance afterwards. Timely arrival is required to proceed in the process.
Park Forest Police Department (Court Room)
200 Lakewood Boulevard
Park Forest, IL 60466
For a fee, applicants may order from Cops and Fire Personnel Testing Service a study guide which includes sample questions. More information is available at
5. Oral Interviews with the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners conduct individual interviews. Interview are expected to be held on June 6 and 7. No make-up dates will be offered. Applicants eligible for an interview will be photographed, fingerprinted, and will complete a written computer proficiency test as part of the interview process.
Applications will not be accepted at the Park Forest Police Department.
Apply now by clicking here:
Police Officer Application
Equal Opportunity Employer
Job Requirements
Minimum Requirements at time of hire:

High school graduate or equivalent
U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Age 21 to 34 at the time of the application deadline unless otherwise provided by State Statue 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6
Ability to successfully pass:
-written test
-oral interview
-background investigation
-psychological examination
-medical examination
In possession of valid P.O.W.E.R. card (applicable to entry level candidates only)
Village of Park Forest

350 Victory Drive
Park Forest IL 60466
United States

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