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Posted on: June 6, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Elgin Police Officer Testing Process Open

The Elgin Police Department announces that the testing process for the position of police officer is currently open. The public is encouraged to help the department recruit candidates, who can be referred to the city’s employment portal at The department employs 182 sworn officers serving a community of more than 110,000 residents. Officers are committed to working in partnership with the community to promote safety and enhance the quality of life by serving with professionalism, encouraging open communication and embracing diversity. Candidates will be expected to be engaged in community partnerships, utilize progressive policing strategies inclusive of technology, and serve with dedication and integrity at all times.

The application deadline is July 18, 2016, at 11:59 p.m.; no applications will be accepted after the deadline passes. Officer candidates must be 21-years-of-age by July 18, 2016 and must not be older than 35 by July 18, 2016, unless the candidate has previous employment as a full-time police officer with another municipality. If a bachelor’s degree has not been earned from an accredited college, then one of the four following criteria must be met:

• 60 college credit hours and three years as a full-time police officer
• 60 college credit hours and three years of active duty in the United States military• 60 college credit hours and a current full-time Elgin police community service officer with three or more years of employment with the city
• 60 college credit hours and have participated in the Elgin Police Explorer Program for at least four years, accumulating no less than 400 hours of volunteer time in the program

Candidates may fulfill written testing requirements online at, or at the department during the following dates/times:

• June 18, 2016 at 6:30 a.m.• June 18, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
• July 7, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.• July 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
• July 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

The power test may be taken after the written test at the police department, or independently at one of three power test locations identified within the job posting. By expanding testing options, the department is optimistic a wide net can be cast to draw the best candidates into the city’s police force.

“We believe that the Elgin Police Department has earned a solid reputation for being a very professional, progressive and forward-thinking agency,” stated Chief Jeffrey Swoboda. “We are asking for the community’s assistance by referring individuals to us who they believe have the potential to become a valued officer; those who will serve the city with honor and integrity.”

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