Police Officer Recruitment Overview
The City of O’Fallon is recognized as one of the fastest growing cities in Southern Illinois. Located on Interstate 64, O’Fallon provides quick access to downtown St. Louis, Missouri, in just fifteen minutes. The population has tripled in the past twenty years to over 29,000. The median age of the residents is 35 with the median family income of $68,534 and 42% of the residents occupy professional and technical positions. Fifty percent of the housing is less than 15 years old, with 70% owner occupied, and 32% of the homes are greater than $150,000 in value. The median home value is $163,000.
O’Fallon was incorporated in 1905 and operates under a mayor-council form of government. The elected mayor and 14 alderman appoint department directors and staff to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of O’Fallon residents. O'Fallon is a home rule community.
The O’Fallon Police Department is currently comprised of 47 commissioned police officers and 17 civilian support staff. New police recruits receive 400 hours of basic law enforcement training mandated by the State of Illinois followed by a department 14-week field training program. The starting salary of probationary officers is $59,601.36. Overtime, holiday, and educational incentives are also available. Medical insurance is provided for officers at no extra cost. Competitive promotional examinations are offered every 3 years by the Board of Police & Fire Commissioners for the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, and captain.
Members of the O’Fallon Police Department are actively engaged in law enforcement, crime prevention, and educational programs with a goal of involving the community in policing activities. The Department strives for the highest level of integrity and professionalism in everyday interaction with citizens.
Police officers and civilian personnel are represented by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #198 and requires monthly membership dues in the amount of $48.00.
To participate in the entry level selection process for the position of police officer, a candidate must possess the requirements of the Illinois Statutes and the following requirements:
- U.S. citizen or an alien admitted for permanent residency or authorized to work in the U.S.
- Be between the ages of 21 and 35.
1) Candidates who are over 35 years of age, and have any amount of full time law enforcement experience with a municipality in any state, are eligible,
2) Candidates who have Illinois Sheriff Deputy and/or Illinois State Police patrol experience are eligible up to the age of 40, and
3) Candidates who are 20 years of age and have successfully completed 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university, are eligible.
4) A military veteran shall be allowed to exceed age 35 by the number of years served in active military duty, up to 10 years.
- 64 credit hours toward a Bachelor's degree or an Associate’s degree in law enforcement, or a Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited jr. college, university or college. Individuals who are currently certified as police officers with a municipal, county state or federal agency and have a minimum of two years experience can apply that experience in lieu of the college degree/credit requirement.
- Possess or able to obtain a valid Illinois drivers license
- Able to meet the requirements of O’Fallon Police Officer job description
Advertising for the entry level testing process, mandatory orientation, application form, physical agility test, and written examination are elements of the selection process conducted by the Southwestern Illinois Joint Fire & Police Recruitment & Testing Consortium for member communities. The written examination scores of qualified candidates are forwarded to the O’Fallon Board of Police & Fire Commissioners.
Further participation in the selection process will take place as vacancies occur. Candidates will be invited, in rank order to participate in and successfully advance through the following steps:
- Background investigation including personal, financial, business, employment references, and criminal history
- Polygraph examination covering but not limited to:
- education, military, and employment
- use of drugs
- accuracy of drivers license information and driving history
- past history of theft, gambling, and criminal involvement
- application falsification and verification
- Oral interview with the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners
- Conditional offer of employment; conditional on the successful passage of:
- psychologial evaluation
- medical examination
- urinalysis drug screen
- Appointment and swearing-in ceremony
Following appointment, a new police officer is required to satisfy certain other requirements during the first 18 months of employment:
- Successful completion of the state mandated recruit academy (waiver for out of state certification/experience however, must pass the IL state examination on the first attempt);
- Successful completion of department training program with assigned Field Training Officer(s);
- Successful completion of 18 month probationary period;
- Relocation into St. Clair County or within ten miles of the City within 3 months after completion of the probationary period.
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