Police Officer (Lateral)

Highland Park, IL
Highland Park Police Department

$77,965.08 – $107,669.17 Annually

Community Focused – Team Driven – Community Supported

The Highland Park Police Department is dedicated to safeguarding persons/property, promotes community policing and endorses the ILACP & NAACP Ten Shared Principles. The City is now accepting applications for the position of Police Officer (Lateral). We’re looking for the officer who wishes to succeed in a professional and highly regarded police agency and who seeks to build relationships with the community and fellow officers.

Specialty opportunities: Bicycle Team, Defensive Tactics Ofc., Drone Operator, Evidence Technician, Honor Guard, Juvenile Officer, Mobile Field Force, Peer Support Team, Police Beat Coordinator, Range Officer, School Resource Ofc., Task Force Member + more.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

Criminal Investigation & Apprehension: Handles complaints filed by citizens. Observes, detects and investigates violations of laws and ordinances. Documents details of violations. Conducts interviews and interrogations of victims, witnesses, suspects, offenders and other related persons. Conducts both preliminary and follow-up investigations. Identifies, protects, collects, processes, preserves and documents physical evidence. Searches persons, vehicles and other locations or items within the scope of law. Transports, books, cares for and escorts prisoners. Prepares clear, accurate and complete reports detailing any and all activities. Prepares and serves criminal complaints, arrest warrants, search warrants and other court documents. Prepares cases and self for court. Appears and provides sworn testimony for a variety of legal proceedings.

Required Minimum Qualifications:  
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Proof of meeting these requirements must be submitted during the application process described below.

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Between the ages of 21 and 64
  • The applicant must have been employed as a full-time law enforcement officer in good standing in another law enforcement agency. The employment may be in any municipal, county, university, state, or federal law enforcement department or agency.
  • The applicant must be certified or have the ability to be qualified to be certified (by full-academy waiver) by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board by either:
    • Award of a certificate attesting to his or her successful completion of the minimum Standards Basic Law Enforcement Training Course, as provided in the Illinois Police Training Act, OR
    • Having previously been certified as a law enforcement officer in another state, the applicant must meet the conditions of reciprocity as regulated by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and must have been employed as a full-time law enforcement officer in good standing for at least 12 months preceding the application.
  • High school graduate or possess a GED
  • Completed 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of college at an accredited college or university OR have completed 4 years of continuous military service