Rockford Park District Police Officer

Rockford, IL
Rockford Park District


Title: Police Officer
ID: 489
Category: Police
Department Description: Park Police
Location: Webbs Norman Center
Type: Full-Time
Closing Date of Position: N/A




  • Candidates must be at least 21-years-old
  • Candidates must be under the age of 40, unless they have prior Illinois Law Enforcement Experience per Illinois Statutes
  • Candidates must be United States citizens and live within 45 miles of Rockford.


Agency Vision
To be the best urban parks and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.
Agency Mission
The Rockford Park District is in business to “help people enjoy life” by providing a quality park and recreation system.
Vision & Planning System
The District aligns itself and all its resources to achieve its purpose, vision, mission, and priorities. This successfully drives the strategic plan, operational plans, and performance goals.
Policy Management & Operations System
Every team member serves as an active contributor in the development of the team’s operational plan; develops job strategies and plans that support the team’s operational goals; identifies timetables for completion; plans daily work activities in an organized manner ensuring effective utilization of time and resources in the completion of job tasks.
Leadership by Values System
Leadership by Values can only be achieved if all team members believe in and live by these shared values: accountability, integrity, passion, agility, relationship oriented, results driven, service oriented, respectful, and innovative. While all team members share these essential values, our culture is enriched by and welcomes the diverse supporting values of its team members.

Sustained by long-term, positive, exceptional relationships with stakeholders and team members as our hallmark of success.

To work together to achieve the mission, vision, and shared values of the Rockford Park District.
Departments are truly interconnected to support the mission and vision of the Rockford Park District.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
standard operating procedures, looks for law /ordinance violations in parks while maintaining park safety.
Ensures appropriate communications with victims, offenders, citizens, community groups, 911 center, states attorney, and other law enforcement officers.
Responds to internal and external calls that do not require law enforcement response.
Completes police reports, traffic citations and all other paperwork as required.
Responds to emergency calls while operating emergency lights and siren in a controlled manner.
Checks the interior and exterior of buildings to ensure that they are secure.
Enforces all local traffic ordinances and traffic laws from the Illinois Vehicle Code.
Responds to emergency and non-emergency requests from other law enforcement agencies / officers.
Picks up and secures, transports, and deposits United States Currency from park district facilities to the bank.
Enforces all local, state, and federal laws and ordinances as necessary.
Provides police presence for safety and security at park district events and functions.
Performs criminal and non-criminal investigations against persons and property.
Provides general and pertinent information to citizens request and district employees.
Performs daily inspection of all assigned equipment and vehicles.
Visually inspects park district property to ensure that it is safe and secure.
to intrusion, hold-up, and fire alarms and performs building checks, then resets non valid alarms.
Oversees the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrian traffic when required.
Attends court proceedings and represents the Rockford Park District Police Department as required.
Performs undercover activities as directed
Attends in-house and state-certified training in order to remain current in law enforcement procedures
Prepares and presents classes, meetings, or displays to the public as required.
Performs special patrols as required (Bicycle, special vehicle and snow mobile).
Make arrest as needed, following appropriate department procedures.
Ensures that evidence is safely transported and secured as required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Must be at least 21-years-old
Professional knowledge of state, federal, and ordinance laws
Practical knowledge of computers and in-car computers
Professional knowledge from Police Training Institute
Practical knowledge of defensive tactics and firearms
Routine knowledge or park district policies

High School Diploma with 2-3 years of other schooling preferably in Law Enforcement and Political Science and less than one year of related work experience.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Heavy Work:
Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally
Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently
Exerting up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.