DECATUR POLICE DEPARTMENT
707 W SOUTH SIDE DR.
DECATUR, ILLINOIS 62521
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Updated: March 30, 2021
Job Classification: Police Patrol Officer (Lateral Transfer – For Experienced Officers Only)
Candidates for the position of Police Patrol Officer (Lateral Transfer - experienced officers) can apply and take the written test on a year-round 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 National Testing Network application.
In addition, applicants are required to complete a City of Decatur employment application which may be found at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/decaturil. You will be required to create a username & 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.
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: $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: $89,907 starting base rate $96,226 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 & longevityBenefit Information:There is shift differential pay for 2nd and 3rd shifts, and uniforms are provided by the City (except weapons).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; retirement at 50% of salary at age 55 with 20 years of service, to a maximum of 75% of salary at 30 years. The City contributes to the Police Pension Fund. Police Officers also contribute at the rate of 9.91% of gross pay. Employee contributions are refundable if employment ends before retirement. Police Officers do not contribute to Social Security; however, they contribute to Medicare at the rate of 1.45% of gross pay.
OTHER: The City offers Preferred Provider Option (PPO) health insurance coverage for employees and their dependents. Employees contribute to the cost of 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 participate in a voluntary group dental insurance plan and a voluntary group vision plan. Deferred compensation is also available.
Department Overview:Mission of the Decatur Police Department
The 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
To be eligible to take part in the application process for Police Patrol Officer (Lateral Transfer – experienced officers), applicants must possess the following qualifications:
Applicant must, have a minimum of two years training and experience as a law enforcement officer as defined in the Illinois Police Training Act or two years training experience which in the judgment of the Commission is substantially equal to three years training and experience as a law enforcement officer as defined in the Illinois Police Training Act, except that such training and experience does not have to be with the State of Illinois or any political subdivision of Illinois. Proof of such training and experience must be submitted at the time of testing through National Testing Network (NTN).
PRE-EMPLOYMENT ASSESSMENT PROCESS
DUTIES: Work involves protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances, and general police assignment 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.