Entry Level Police Officer

Rantoul, IL
Village of Rantoul

Salary: $33.66 per hour.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, our Officer will be responsible for performing a variety of duties related to the protection of life and property, enforcement of criminal and traffic laws, preservation of the public peace, and the apprehension of violators of the law.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the accomplishment of the police mission. The Officer shall constantly be alert for violations of the law and shall make every effort to prevent breaches of the peace and offenses against persons and property. The Officer shall be held accountable for crime, accident, disorders and other criminal conditions that come or should come to the attention of the Officer.
  • Patrol assigned areas by foot or vehicle, serving as a visible deterrent to crime and remaining alert to special problems in regard to crime prevention and possible criminal activities; checks business establishments, dwellings and other buildings for signs of illegal entries; provides information and assistance to the general public and investigates suspicious activities or situations.
  • Enforce Village traffic ordinances; regulates traffic, promotes traffic safety, performs speed control activities and issues citations to the violators of Illinois Motor Vehicle Code; provides motorist assistance.
  • Respond to radio dispatched calls for service and/or assistance, analyzes the situation, and takes appropriate action; assists other local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical units during emergency situations.
  • Process crime scenes in accordance with standard procedures; identifies, gathers and transfers physical evidence to the Police Station; conducts preliminary and follow-up investigations of reported and/or observed criminal activities; calls in Investigator for major criminal investigations.
  • Conduct preliminary investigation of all crimes. At the scene of a crime, subject to direction of higher Department authority, the first officer at the scene, when able to safely do so, and unless otherwise directed by the Shift Commander, will begin the preliminary investigation.
  • Investigate calls of a non-criminal nature to include lock outs, disturbances, family disputes, disabled vehicles, possible health code violations and other requests for service; assess individual case to determine appropriate action.
  • Apprehend suspects and makes arrest; transports arrested persons to police holding facility for booking and temporary incarceration; performs booking of suspects according to established procedures; transports prisoners to and from county jail facility as required.
  • Prepare written reports describing complaints, incidents and other police activities, and the observations and actions taken during incident investigation; provides relevant testimony in court as required.
  • Observe and reports damaged water lines, gas mains or sewers; all defective street/traffic lights; defective traffic signs, and utility lines that are in need of repair. Any defect of public service installations or any dangerous conditions of streets, sidewalks, village property or other property likely to prove dangerous to the public shall be immediately reported to a superior.
  • May be assigned to special duties such as Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, METRO SWAT operator, METRO Negotiator, Bicycle Officer, K-9 Officer, Breathalyzer Operator, and crime prevention and safety activities; receives ongoing training in specialized areas of assignment.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above


  • Must be at least 21 of age.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation.
  • Must successfully complete a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation.
  • Must complete a written entrance examination and pass an oral interview.
  • Applicant will be required to pass a physical agility test to successfully complete the police training academy.