DECATUR POLICE DEPARTMENT
707 W SOUTH SIDE DR.
DECATUR, ILLINOIS 62521
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Updated: March 30, 2021
Job Classification: Entry Level Police Patrol Officer
The City of Decatur allows applicants to apply and take the written test for the position of Police Patrol Officer on an on-going basis.To apply for the position and sign up for the written test; applicants should go 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 username & password with Government Jobs to submit your application.
The close date for this application process is set for June 30, 2021. If it is determined that the closing date needs to be extended, a notification will be placed on the City’s careers page; https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/decaturil. Candidates can continue to apply/test after this date for the next application process.
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 PRIOR to the close of the application process.
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.
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.
Salary Information: POLICE PATROL ANNUAL BASE RATE (effective January 1st, 2019)$59,686 starting rate$61,185 after 6 months $62,668 after 1 year$67,087 after 2 years$70,441 after 3 years$75,392 after 4 years$78,407 after 7 years
POLICE SERGEANT ANNUAL BASE RATE (effective January 1st, 2019)$89,907 starting base rate $96,226 after 6 months
LONGEVITY2% 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 years12% of base rate after 25 years
OTHER ASSIGNEMENTS K-9 Patrol - 5% of base in addition to base rate & longevityInvestigations - 10% of base in addition to base rate & longevityMaster Patrol - 5% in addition to base rate & longevityThere is shift differential pay for 2nd and 3rd shifts, and uniforms are provided by the City (except weapons).
Benefit Information: SICK LEAVE: 1 day per month granted, accumulative to 360 days.
VACATION: 2 weeks after completion of 1 year of service; 3 weeks after completion of 7 years of service; 4 weeks after completion of 14 years of service; 5 weeks after completion of 20 years of service; 6 weeks after completion of 25 years of service.
PENSION: Excellent pension benefits; Police Officers contribute at the rate of 9.91% of base pay. They do not contribute to Social Security but do contribute to Medicare. Employee contributions are refundable if employment ends before retirement.
OTHER: The City offers a three-tier Preferred Provider Option (PPO) health insurance coverage for employees and their dependents. Employees contribute to the cost for single coverage and/or family coverage through payroll deduction. The City provides group life insurance in the amount of $25,000 for each employee at no cost to the employee. Dependent coverage is available. Employees may purchase additional term life on a voluntary basis. Employees also may contribute to a Flexible Spending Account for Medical and/or Dependent Care expenses. Employees may participate in a voluntary group dental insurance plan and a voluntary group vision plan. Deferred compensation is also available.
To learn more click here to view Decatur PBPALC collective bargaining agreement.
Department Overview:Mission of the Decatur Police DepartmentThe Decatur City Code identifies the responsibility of the Decatur Police Department as the protection of life and property, the protection of rights of persons, the enforcement of ordinances and regulations and the preservation of peace, order, and safety.With the City Code as mandate for service, the Departmental responsibilities or mission statement of the Decatur Police Department are identified as:
Population: 72,706 (2016)
For more information please contact : Angie Roberts or Penny Rogers at the Human Resources Department: (217) 424-2805
QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible to take part in the application process for Police Patrol Officer, applicants must possess the following qualifications:
PRE-EMPLOYMENT ASSESSMENT PROCESS:
: 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.
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.