Deputy Patrol Officer

Bloomington, IL
McLean County Sheriff’s Department

Closes On: December 30, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST

Starting Salary: $63,355/year

Salary Range

The starting salary for 2022 is $63.355 a year plus overtime when available.

Position Summary

This is general duty work of moderate difficulty in the enforcement of law, maintenance of order, prevention of crime, and protection of life and property.

Work involves responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, and the general enforcement of laws and ordinances in a designated area on an assigned shift.

Successful completion of the State mandated Police Training Academy is required during the first six months of employment, or as soon as such training can be reasonably scheduled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Patrols an assigned area for the prevention of crime and enforcement of laws and ordinances.
  • Checks doors, windows, and premises of businesses establishments and personal residences and investigates any suspicious conditions, activities, or persons.
  • Responds to requests for police services and takes appropriate action.
  • Arrests violators of laws and ordinances.
  • Accompanies prisoners to headquarters, jail, or court.
  • Testifies in court as arresting officer.
  • Watches for and investigates stolen property and wanted or missing persons.
  • Enforces traffic laws, issues Citations, and arrests violators.
  • Provides general information and advice on laws and ordinances to the public.
  • Assists other agencies in follow-up work on traffic, criminal offenses, location of wanted suspects, traffic direction at accident scenes and fire scenes, provides assistance in the restraint and handling of certain mental patients as required.
  • Participates in crime prevention programs; public relations programs.
  • Maintains order in crowds and at public gatherings; provides first aid to injured parties.

Eligibility Requirements

Certified employee candidates must meet the following requirements. However, one or more of the requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Commission according to the law. The Sheriff of McLean County shall appoint as certified employees only those persons who have been certified to him, in writing, by this Commission as being eligible for appointment. The requirements are as follows:

  1. Be no younger than 20 years of age at the time his/her application is received by the Commission. However, applicants will not be considered for a permanent position until he/she has attained 21 years of age.
  2. Have a minimum vision of 20/40 in each eye, without corrective lenses, corrected to 20/20.
  3. Be free of color blindness as demonstrated by successfully passing the test known as the H-R-R Pseudo Isochromatic Plates produced by the Instrument Division of the American Optical Company.
  4. Be a high school graduate or have certification or equivalent formal education.
  5. Have successfully completed all testing procedures as the Commission may prescribe from time to time.
  6. Be acceptable to the Commission on oral interview.
  7. Pass a background investigation.
  8. Pass a pre-employment polygraph test.
  9. Have a valid Illinois driver’s license at the time of examination.
  10. Attend the mandatory orientation meeting as the Commission may prescribe. (Amended 7-11-00)
  11. Submit to medical and psychological tests as the Commission may prescribe. (Amended 7-11-00)
  12. Be a citizen of the United States.
  13. Must be a resident of Illinois for 1 year prior to the appointment.
  14. Must be a person of good moral character and reputation. No applicant shall have been previously convicted of a felony offense or crime of moral turpitude under the laws of Illinois or any other state.
  15. Preference will be given to persons who have honorably served in the military or Naval Service of the United States.
  16. Reside within one (1) hour’s driving time from the certified employee’s residence to the McLean County Law and Justice Center, Bloomington, Illinois, regardless of weather and road conditions, road construction, vehicle availability, and vehicle performance.