Preparing To Be A Police Officer

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Specialized UnitsPopulation of 112,000 served by 184 sworn officers

  • Collaborative Crisis Services Unit
  • Drone Team
  • Drug Unit
  • K-9
  • Major Investigations Division
  • Resident Officer Program of Elgin
  • Special Investigations Group
  • SWAT
  • School Resource Officers
  • Traffic Unit

Starting Salary

$71,759, plus benefits

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Preparing for the Police Officer Hiring Process

Applying to be a police officer can seem like an overwhelming process, but not if you’ve done the prep work in advance.

Requirements

  • Must be aged 21 to 35 (see FAQ’s below for exception)
  • Must be a US citizen or a permanent resident of the US

AND

  • a Bachelor’s Degree, OR
  • 60 college credit hours and 3 years active United States military duty; OR
  • 60 college credit hours and 3 years as a full-time Police Officer; OR
  • 60 college credit hours and 3 years as a full-time employee with the City of Elgin; OR
  • 60 college credit hours and have participated in the Elgin Police Explorer Program with at least 4 years of participation and with not less than 400 hours of volunteer time in the program. 
  • An associate’s degree of applied science in criminal justice from Elgin Community College. 

Learn more about the hiring process by clicking the button below.

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What you’ll need to provide when you apply

  • A copy of your driver’s license
  • A copy of your birth certificate/naturalization papers
  • Your college transcripts/diploma
  • Your DD214 for military service
  • An online application submitted through our website - set up your application now

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Testing Options

You may test using the National Testing Network (see button below) or during one of the upcoming opportunities below at the Elgin Police Department, located at 151 Douglas Avenue. To test during one of these opportunities, complete the application and the City's Human Resources Department will contact you to schedule your testing.


Saturday August 28, 2021

  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Check-in
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Written Test
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Power Test

Wednesday September 8, 2021

  • 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Check-in
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Written Test
  • 9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Power Test

Sunday September 12, 2021

  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Check-in
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Written Test
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Power Test

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POWER Test

You will need to pass the POWER Test which is facilitated by the Training Division and the City of Elgin’s Human Resources Department. Click here to learn more about the POWER Test.

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Information About the Elgin Police Department

Get to know the Elgin Police Department. Click the links below to get to learn more.

Women law enforcement officers
  1. Jim Lalley

    Jim Lalley

    Sergeant
    Phone: 847-289-2616

  2. Matt Jacobucci

    Matt Jacobucci

    Officer
    Phone: 847-289-2749

  3. Marcy Kogut

    Marcy Kogut

    Patrol Sergeant
    Phone: 847-289-2627