Preparing To Be A Police Officer

Preparing for the Police Officer Hiring Process

Applying to be a police officer can seem like an overwhelming process, but not if you’ve done the prep work in advance.


  • Must be aged 21 to 35 (see FAQ’s below for exception)
  • Must be a US citizen or a permanent resident of the US


  • a Bachelor’s Degree, OR
  • 60 college credit hours and 3 years active United States military duty; OR
  • 60 college credit hours and 3 years as a full-time Police Officer; OR
  • 60 college credit hours and 3 years as a full-time employee with the City of Elgin; OR
  • 60 college credit hours and have participated in the Elgin Police Explorer Program with at least 4 years of participation and with not less than 400 hours of volunteer time in the program. 
  • An associate’s degree of applied science in criminal justice from Elgin Community College. 

Frequently Asked Questions - learn more about the hiring process 

What you’ll need to provide when you apply

  • A copy of your driver’s license
  • A copy of your birth certificate/naturalization papers
  • Your college transcripts/diploma
  • Your DD214 for military service
  • POWER test card no more than 1 year from date of exam
  • An online application submitted through our website - set up your application now


You will need to pass the POWER test, a four part physical exercise that tests your flexibility, cardio level, upper body and abdominal strength. Take the Power Test at any of three locations - NIPSTA, Joliet Junior College or Triton College.

Click the images below to get to the resources you need to start the process!

  1. Jim Lalley

    Jim Lalley

    Phone: 847-289-2616

  2. Matt Jacobucci

    Matt Jacobucci

    Phone: 847-289-2749

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Information About the Elgin Police Department

Get to know the Police Department. Click the images below to get to learn more.

Tour the Department


Schedule a Ride Along


Become an Explorer