Entry-Level Police Officer

Urbana, IL
Urbana Police Department

The City of Urbana invites qualified applicants for the position of Entry-Level Police Officer. Officers perform police protection and other services to safeguard the lives, property, and constitutional rights of the citizens of Urbana. Duties include investigating complaints, disturbances, accidents, and reported criminal activities; testifying in court; training new police officers; responding to crime and accident scenes, emergency situations and other requests for assistance; detecting, apprehending and arresting criminals; enforcing the laws and ordinances of the City; and performing a variety of specialized duties as assigned.
How to Prepare for the Written Test
Applicants take the Frontline Police Test. This is a three part exam lasting 2-hours. Learn how to prepare for the Frontline Police Test.


• Patrols a designated city area to preserve law and order, prevents and discovers the commission of crime, and enforces traffic and other laws and ordinances.
• Answers calls and investigates complaints, disturbances and reported criminal activities; answers calls involving fires, automobile accidents, robberies and related misdemeanors and felonies.
• Gathers evidence, locates and interviews witnesses, makes arrests; prepares investigative data and case information for prosecution at crime scenes.
• Investigates family disputes, public disturbances; makes arrests or resolves minor problems directly; prepares complaint and investigation reports.
• Investigates accidents; provides first aid to the injured; takes safeguards to prevent further accidents; interviews principals and witnesses; takes written statements; takes necessary preventive or corrective measures.
• Cooperates in the prosecution of criminal offenders by court testimony, grand jury testimony and at coroner's inquests.
• Performs traffic control duties; operates radar traffic control unit; apprehends violators and issues traffic tickets; directs traffic at intersections; issues parking tickets. • Trains new police officers to use equipment; orients new police officers to the department's rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
• Performs community policing functions.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.


• Education/Experience: You must have at least one of the following:
• Completion of an associate's degree or equivalent college classes and credits; or
• Two (2) years active duty in the military (with an honorable discharge). Active duty military experience is defined as full-time service, other than training, in a branch of the U.S. military and refers to active duty, mobilization, or deployment; or
• Two (2) years of law enforcement experience. Law enforcement experience is defined as street patrol work. Non-patrol experience, such as jail/corrections, dispatch, or private security work does not count as "street patrol."
• At least 21 years of age and not more than 34 years of age by exam date. You may exceed the age of 35 years by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active military duty or if you have previous police officer experience. (65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6)
• U.S. Citizen
• Valid driver's license
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to help and serve others
• Physically fit and ability to pass a medical and a physical agility exam. See the POWER Test handout for mor details
• Able to pass a psychological exam and background check