Police Patrol Officer – Lateral

Winnetka, IL
Village of Winnetka Police Department

Salary: $77,023.00 – $108,477.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Village of Winnetka is seeking applicants for entry-level Police Patrol Officer by lateral appointment. The Patrol Officer performs routine vehicular and foot patrols, investigates criminal activity, enforces traffic and parking regulations, and conducts a variety of crime prevention activities to protect life and property, prevent disorder, and enforce laws and ordinances.

Essential Functions:

  • Be present for roll call; receive and record pertinent information and instructions.
  • Patrol specified beat on foot and in patrol vehicle; make periodic interior and exterior premises checks of businesses, schools and residences to determine the existence of unusual or hazardous conditions. Investigate suspicious persons, vehicles, places or activity. Take appropriate action when condition is warranted, including making arrests and issuing citations.
  • Promptly respond to radio calls investigating crimes, complaints, disturbances, traffic accidents, and stray animals. Administer first aid in emergencies. Investigate conditions hazardous to life and property. Conduct initial investigations of crime and crime scenes, and collect and preserve evidence.
  • Identify, pursue, apprehend, and assist in the prosecution of persons who violate federal, state, and local laws, statutes and ordinances; subdue resisting individuals; search arrested persons; seize contraband; transport arrestees to the police facility/lock-up; make warrant inquiries; fingerprint suspects; attend and testify during court appearance.
  • Conduct enforcement stops for motor vehicle violations; enforce parking laws/restrictions; direct traffic; assist motorists with disabled vehicles; request emergency assistance when needed; remove debris to eliminate traffic hazards; and assist with moving disabled vehicles from the roadway.
  • Intervene in and temporarily mediate domestic disputes; advise parties of their legal rights under state law; explain domestic legal procedures to all parties; and make referrals to other agencies when appropriate.
  • Analyze, organize, and present intelligence and other information relating to suspected criminal activity.
  • Interview, question, and interrogate when necessary, victims and complainants, witnesses, informants, and suspects of possible criminal activity.
  • Prepare accurate written reports, records and diagrams and complete other paperwork necessary for court proceedings; attend court proceedings when required.
  • Maintain positive law enforcement presence in the community; meet with and make presentations to various citizen groups.
  • Engage in regular fitness for duty, firearms training, and professional development training.
  • Reconstruct incidents, including traffic accidents, using mathematical, computer and other techniques.
  • Evacuate persons from dangerous areas, secure buildings and areas and assist other departments or agencies in disaster and emergency situations.
  • Assume special duties including beach patrol, bike patrol, and longer term assignments including that of investigator, school resource officer, juvenile officer, fitness instructor, department training officer, field training officer, evidence technician, accident investigator, firearms instructor, crime prevention officer, motorcycle officer, Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) and North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF) team member, and other assignments when required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must meet all educational and eligibility requirements as outlined by the Village of Winnetka Board of Fire and Police Commissioners’ Rules and Regulations.
  • Currently certified as a full-time Law Enforcement Officer by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board.
  • Corrected far vision to 20/20 or better and corrected near vision to 20/40, possess normal peripheral vision and the ability to distinguish colors.
  • Successful completion of Police Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (P.O.W.E.R.) test within in 6 months of date of application conducted by the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) or an Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) Mobile Training Unit pursuant to the P.O.W.E.R. test guidelines of the ILETSB.
  • Read, clearly speak, and legibly write the English language.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and sound decision making.
  • General understanding of the various aspects of providing municipal police service.
  • Ability to learn State of Illinois laws and apply Police Department rules, regulations, general orders, policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Ability to become thoroughly knowledgeable of the geographic area and boundaries served by the Police Department.
  • Ability to effectively deal with a variety of unpleasant circumstances and unusual human conduct associated with and/or arising from emergency situations including physical trauma, mental and/or physical stress, and panic.
  • Ability to concentrate, problem solve, and perform multiple tasks under time critical circumstances.
  • Ability to react quickly, calmly, and correctly per Department guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook as well as Adobe Acrobat, and ability to learn other software as needed.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, using complex sentences, and proper punctuation, spelling and grammar.
  • Knowledge of modern, high technology office equipment including computers and software applications, printers, copiers, telecommunication devices, fax machines, and other technologies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with coworkers, superiors, consultants, contractors, vendors, other law enforcement agencies, operating Departments, and the public.
  • Successful completion of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard’s Board police basic training course, field training course, and probationary period within 24 months of assuming Police Patrol Officer essential responsibilities and duties.
  • Good organizational and record keeping skills, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Valid driver’s license.