Entry Level Police Officer

Alton, IL
Alton Police Department

Law enforcement careers are exciting, rewarding, and even fun. In fact, there are countless reasons to be a police officer. From benefits to job security, the attraction to policing is easy to understand. Before you take the leap and try this new career in protecting our community, here are some of the basics to become a police officer.

There are a lot of hard aspects to the job, but there are far more benefits. As difficult as the process can be at times, it’s all worth it in the end when you get to have a part in helping others and making your community a better, safer place. No matter how hard it gets, a job as a police officer is by far one of the most rewarding jobs available, and may just be the perfect career for you.


  • Age 21 not yet 35 (Veterans over age 35 should refer to state statute 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Residency: Establish and maintain principle domicile within the counties of: Illinois – Madison, Jersey,Macoupin, St Clair; Missouri – St Louis, St Charles
  • Applicants must pass a physical agility examination (POWER Test) as well as a general aptitude written examination.
  • Oral examination by the Civil Service Commission is required. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a thorough background check, psychological examination, and physical examination.