Certified Police Officer – Lateral Hire

Normal, IL
Normal Police Department

Salary: $76,950.00 – $99,582.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Town of Normal Police Department is seeking experienced Police Officers for accelerated/lateral entry. Candidates who are currently full-time sworn officers of a police department in any municipality, county, university or state law enforcement agency provided they are certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and have been with their respective law enforcement agency within the state for at least two (2) years, are eligible to apply.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs, both self-initiated and directed, community service to include positive pro-active, preventive contacts with the public.
  • Patrols a designated area of the Town in a radio-equipped car, on bicycle or by foot, to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, provide for traffic safety, and enforce motor vehicle laws and parking regulations. Determines DUI status; inspects disabled vehicles and lends assistance to motorist.
  • Answers calls and complaints involving fires, automobile accidents, robberies, neighborhood disturbances, including fights, labor disputes, domestic quarrels, and other misdemeanors and felonies. After restoring order, evaluates and determines appropriate law enforcement intervention.
  • Secures the scene of crime or accident and administers first aid, conducts preliminary investigation, gathers and protects evidence, obtains witnesses, makes arrest and calls for assistance.
  • Is responsible for contributing to the department’s overall goals as directed by supervisory staff.
  • Assists Town and State’s Attorneys in case preparation; reading case background materials, exhibits, etc. Testifies as a witness in court.
  • Places person(s) under arrest, apprehending and subduing as necessary, Mirandize, assuring own safety; performs legal search and seizure activities.
  • Gathers and prepares detailed automobile accident reports, including interviewing witnesses and taking enforcement action when appropriate.
  • Interviews persons with complaints and inquires in attempts to make proper disposition or direct them to proper community service agency. Evaluates information gathered and draws lawful conclusions.
  • Provides accurate information on laws and ordinances, and general information to the public.
  • Attends periodic training classes related to position in order to keep up to date on procedures, policies and laws. Reads department bulletins, directives, manuals, police journals or text, court decisions etc. to maintain proficiency.
  • Performs the required tasks related to assignment in special areas, (e.g. Traffic Division, Crime Prevention, Criminal Investigation Division, and other specialty positions as determined by the Chief of Police).
  • Performs special duties such as traffic control, crowd control and vehicle escorts, etc.
  • Maintains and demonstrates proficiency in firearms skills by passing the annual firearms qualification necessary to maintain certification by the Illinois State Training Board.
  • Prepares clear, concise reports required of the position.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum requirement is a high school diploma.
  • A Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, or related area is desirable.
  • Experience in meeting and dealing with people under varying circumstances is helpful.
  • Must be able to meet physical and other related requirements set forth by the Town of Normal.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain and maintain, an Illinois driver’s license.