Preparing To Be A Police Officer

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.

Click the links below to get to the resources you need to start the process!

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 with 3 years active military duty; OR
  • 60 college credit hours with 3 years as a full time Police Officer; OR
  • 60 college credit hours with 3 years as an Elgin Community Service Officer; OR
  • 60 college credit hours with 4 years as an Elgin Police Explorer

Frequently Asked Questions - learn more about the hiring process

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
  • POWER test card no more than 1 year from date of exam
  • An online application submitted through our website - set up your application now

Information About the Elgin Police Department

You will need to pass the POWER test, a four part physical exercise that tests your flexibility, cardio level, upper body and abdominal strength. Take the Power Test at any of three locations - NIPSTA, Joliet Junior College or Triton College.

NIPSTA

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Joliet Junior College

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Triton College

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Get to know the Elgin Police Department:

Schedule a Ride Along

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Tour the Department

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Become an Explorer

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Want to talk to an Elgin Police Officer about what the job is really like?  Contact one of our police officers and s/he would be happy to help you.

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Dave Zierk
Senior Officer
847-289-2643
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Shawn Sproles
Officer
224-760-1093
Email

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Lisandro Ramirez
Officer 

224-760-8480

Email

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Shelley Mendiola
Officer
847-931-5600 x 8014
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