Police Patrol Officer

Decatur, IL
Decatur Police Department

Work involves protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances, and general police assignments including field patrol, preliminary complaint and criminal investigation, traffic control and accident investigation. Duties involve an element of personal danger and require that Police Patrol Officers act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies.

$59,686.00 – $78,407.00 Annually

6/30/2021 11:59 PM Central


1. Patrol a designated city area to preserve law and order, prevent and discover the commission of crime and to enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances.

2. Answer calls and investigate complaints, disturbances and reported criminal activities; answer calls involving fires, automobile accidents, robberies and related misdemeanors and felonies; perform follow-up criminal investigation work in plain clothes, as assigned.

3. At crime scene gather evidence, obtain witnesses, make arrests; prepare investigative data and case information for prosecution; testify as witness in court.

4. Investigate accidents; provide first aid to injured; take safeguards to prevent further accidents; interview principals and witnesses; take written statements; take necessary preventive or corrective measures.

5. Perform traffic control duties; operate radar traffic control unit; apprehend violators and issue traffic tickets; direct traffic at intersections.

6. Investigate family disputes, public disturbances; make arrests or resolve minor problems directly; prepare complaint and investigation reports.

7. Perform extended criminal investigation work under the direction of a superior officer; check for business license violations; serve legal papers.


1. At the time of the application close date of Wednesday, June 30, 2021, applicant must not be less than twenty-one (21) years of age or over thirty-five (35) years of age; provided, however, that in cases where an applicant has had special training or experience in police related work, the Commission may, at its discretion, accept applicants thirty-six (36) years of age or older with one (1) year of increased age allowed for each year of actual service. The maximum of such age allowance shall be four (4) years.

2. Applicant must have no felony convictions. Applicant with a record of misdemeanor convictions may be disqualified from taking examinations as set forth in 65 ILCS 5/10-1-7(c).

3. Applicant may not be prohibited by any court action and/or state or federal statute from carrying a firearm.

4. Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

At time of appointment, a Police Patrol Officer must be a United States citizen and must possess a valid Illinois driver's license. Prior to appointment, eligible applicants must be accepted for membership in the Decatur Police Pension Fund. Generally, applicants must also be in good health, be of good moral character and not possess an adverse police record. Applicants should possess physical strength and agility sufficient to handle aggressive situations, be able to work under adverse weather conditions, be able to think and act quickly in emergency situations and possess good general intelligence and emotional stability.