Lateral-Entry Police Officer

Woodridge, IL
Village of Woodridge

City of Woodridge IL
Starting Salary: Up to $101,462, DOQ

Current Top Pay: $118,664

The Woodridge Police Department is a professional, progressive law enforcement agency consisting of 51 sworn officers (one Chief, two Deputy Chiefs, seven Sergeants, and 41 patrol officers). The department is proactive and works to identify and resolve issues to improve the quality of life within our community. We are a community policing department seeking to build relationships with the community we serve.

Woodridge Offers:

  • Competitive Salary: Starting salary up to $101,462 DOQ. Current top pay is $118,664. Officers are represented by the Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP).
  • Ample Time Off: Benefit accruals begin on date of hire. Vacation (80 hours after one year of employment), Village holidays (64 hours annually), personal days (32 hours annually), sick time (8 hours per month), and comp time bank accrual of up to 140 hours.
  • Appealing Schedule: Twelve-hour shifts, which gives officers every other three-day weekend off. Permanent and rotating options, based on bid-system.
  • Generous Residency Requirement: Thirty miles, within six months of hire.
  • Great Selection of Specialty Positions: Investigations, Tactical Unit, Traffic Unit, Community Outreach Officer, Honor Guard, Bicycle Officers, Field Training Officers, Range Officers, Evidence Technician, Various task force assignments and multi-jurisdictional assistance teams for SWAT, Hostage Negotiator, Crash Reconstruction, Major Crimes and Computer Forensics.
  • New Police Facility: Opened in late 2023, our state of the art facility includes ample meeting space, training dojo and exercise facilities, extensive locker room space, covered vehicle parking and more.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: Health insurance, dental insurance, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, police pension, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, interest free computer loan program, tuition reimbursement, professional development and training, retiree health savings plan, and a uniform allowance (100% for new officers).

Typical Qualifications

Qualifications for Candidates:

  • State of Illinois certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) with no more than forty (40) hours of training required for recertification or successful completion of an out-of-state Basic Police Officer Training program which can be transferred and accepted by the ILETSB.
    • Part-time certification as a law enforcement officer, corrections officer certification, and/or military enforcement training DO NOT meet this requirement.
  • Must be employed as a full-time non-probationary certified law officer, or have been a certified law officer in good standing not more than 180 days prior to acceptance of written application.
  • Possess High school degree or hold a G.E.D.
  • Authorized to work in the United States and authorized to possess firearms within State and Federal Law.
  • Posses a valid Driver’s License.
  • Vision correctable to 20/30.
  • Must possess skills and abilities comparable to a non-probationary Village of Woodridge Police Officer, as determined by the Village.
  • Must pass all phases of hiring process including oral interview, polygraph test, psychological exam, medical exam, drug screen and background investigation.

Supplemental Information

There is no guarantee of an interview or further consideration for candidates submitting an application. Inclusion in any lateral-entry candidate screening process shall be based upon the relative experience of the candidates based on the stated minimum qualifications and the hiring needs of the Department at the time of review.

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an oral interview by the Police Department command staff, human resources, and a representative of the Woodridge Board of Police Commissioners. Upon recommendation by the interview committee, qualified candidates may receive a conditional offer of employment and participate in additional post-offer screenings and examinations including but not limited to: polygraph examination, psychological assessment, in-depth background investigation and credit check, medical examinations and drug screening. Candidates must receive a satisfactory evaluation or recommendation on each screening or examination in order to proceed in the selection process. Failure to achieve a satisfactory evaluation on any screening or examination shall result in immediate disqualification from further consideration.

Out of state lateral-entry Police Officers must meet the conditions of the waiver granted by the ILETSB within six months from the date of hire to become certified in Illinois.

Newly-hired lateral-entry Police Officers are subject to an 18-month probationary period.


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