DECATUR POLICE DEPARTMENT
707 W SOUTH SIDE DR.
DECATUR, ILLINOIS 62521
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Updated: July 28, 2022
Police Patrol Officer
$63,806.19 - $83,820.28 Annually
Police - Union
Work involves protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances, and general police assignments including field patrol, preliminary complaint and criminal investigation, traffic control and accident investigation. Duties involve an element of personal danger and require that Police Patrol Officers act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies.Selection of candidates will be made according to the Civil Service laws for cities, as modified by the City Code of the City of Decatur, Illinois.To Apply: Sign up for the written test by going to the National Testing Network (NTN) web page: www.nationaltestingnetwork.com and complete a National Testing Network application. In addition, applicants are required to complete a City of Decatur employment application which may be found online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/decaturil. You will be required to create a user name and password with Government Jobs to submit your application. 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. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYAs an equal opportunity employer, the City of Decatur encourages all potential applicants, regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, to apply for positions with the City of Decatur Police Department. Minorities are encouraged to apply.* The City of Decatur is a drug free workplace. This includes marijuana. Candidates will be subject to a pre-employment drug screen, physical and background check post-offer.
EXAMPLES OF WORK (typical work examples, but not limited to the following): 1. Patrol a designated city area to preserve law and order, prevent and discover the commission of crime and to enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances. 2. Answer calls and investigate complaints, disturbances and reported criminal activities; answer calls involving fires, automobile accidents, robberies and related misdemeanors and felonies; perform follow-up criminal investigation work in plain clothes, as assigned. 3. At crime scene gather evidence, obtain witnesses, make arrests; prepare investigative data and case information for prosecution; testify as witness in court. 4. Investigate accidents; provide first aid to injured; take safeguards to prevent further accidents; interview principals and witnesses; take written statements; take necessary preventive or corrective measures. 5. Perform traffic control duties; operate radar traffic control unit; apprehend violators and issue traffic tickets; direct traffic at intersections. 6. Investigate family disputes, public disturbances; make arrests or resolve minor problems directly; prepare complaint and investigation reports. 7. Perform extended criminal investigation work under the direction of a superior officer; check for business license violations; serve legal papers. 8. Perform related work and other duties as assigned.
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QUALIFICATIONSTo be eligible to take part in the application process for Police Patrol Officer, applicants must possess the following qualifications: 1. Applicant must not be less than twenty-one (21) years of age or over thirty-five (35) years of age; provided, however, that in cases where an applicant has had special training or experience in police related work, the Commission may, at its discretion, accept applicants thirty-six (36) years of age or older with one (1) year of increased age allowed for each year of actual service. The maximum of such age allowance shall be four (4) years. 2. Applicant must have no felony convictions. Applicant with a record of misdemeanor convictions may be disqualified from taking examinations as set forth in 65 ILCS 5/10-1-7(c). 3. Applicant may not be prohibited by any court action and/or state or federal statute from carrying a firearm. 4. Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent. At time of appointment, a Police Patrol Officer must be a United States citizen and must possess a valid Illinois driver's license. Prior to appointment, eligible applicants must be accepted for membership in the Decatur Police Pension Fund. Generally, applicants must also be in good health, be of good moral character and not possess an adverse police record. Applicants should possess physical strength and agility sufficient to handle aggressive situations, be able to work under adverse weather conditions, be able to think and act quickly in emergency situations and possess good general intelligence and emotional stability. **SPECIAL NOTE** Police Patrol Officers may be required to maintain physical fitness standards throughout their careers.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT ASSESSMENT PROCESS 1. Written Examination: 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.. 2. Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) Test: This test will be completed before or after the oral interview depending on the Department's availability to conduct the test. 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: a. Sit and Reach Test: This test measures flexibility, the ability of a joint to move through its full range of motion. b. 1-Minute Sit-up Test: This test measures muscular endurance, the ability to contract the muscle repeatedly over a period of time. c. 1 Repetition Maximum Bench Press Test: This test measures muscular strength, the amount of force a muscle can produce with a single maximum effort. d. 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.
3. Preliminary Background Investigation: A preliminary background investigation will be completed prior to the oral interview. Candidates can be eliminated based on adverse information. 4. Oral Interview: Applicants remaining in the process will be scheduled for an oral interview and must pass to continue in the process. 5. 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 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. 6. 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. 7. Selection from Eligibility Register: Applicants who are placed on the eligible register will be selected by the Chief of Police. 8. Physical, Drug Screen, and Psychological Report: 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.RESIDENCY Police Patrol Officers shall reside within the corporate limits of Macon County, or within the corporate limits of any municipality extending into Macon County within 90 days following the completion of their probationary period. This position requires a one-year probationary period.
POLICE PATROL ANNUAL BASE RATE: $63,806 starting rate $65,409 after 6 months $66,993 after 1 year $71,718 after 2 years $75,304 after 3 years $80,596 after 4 years $83,820 after 7 years POLICE SERGEANT ANNUAL BASE RATE: $96,113 starting base rate $102,869 after 6 monthsLONGEVITY: 2% of base rate after 5 years 4% of base rate after 10 years 6% of base rate after 15 years 9% of base rate after 20 years 12% of base rate after 25 years OTHER ASSIGNMENTS: K-9 Patrol - 5% in addition to base rate & longevity Investigations - 10% in addition to base rate & longevity Master Patrol - 5% in addition to base rate & longevity There is shift differential pay for 2nd and 3rd shifts, and uniforms are provided by the City (except weapons).
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/decaturil#1 Gary K. Anderson PlazaDecatur, IL 62523217-424-2805
Position #18-00145POLICE PATROL OFFICERAR