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First, ensure that you meet the minimum requirements of the position. Submit an application with the City of Elgin. Submit all required documents with the application. After you have completed the application process you will take the written test for Police Officer. If you are one of the top 100 candidates that pass the written test you will then be scheduled for an in depth background investigation. Once the in depth background investigation is complete an interview is set up with our Fire and Police Board. Candidates passing the interview with the Fire and Police Board will be given any preference points that apply to them and will be ranked on an eligibility list. Once a position becomes available the candidate who is next on the eligibility list must successfully complete a psychological exam and physical fitness exam. After successfully completing the psychological exam and physical fitness exam, the candidate begins their career with the City of Elgin.
The City of Elgin does not accept the POWER Test card, but administers the POWER Test at the time of the written test. This process does not give the candidate a POWER Test card, but allows the candidate to use the result of the test in lieu of presenting a POWER Test card. The specific dates and times for this option are limited and times for this option can be found on the posting.
Awarding of preference points is done after the final stage of the process for original appointment. The maximum number of fourteen (14) points for persons receiving veteran's preference points and a maximum of twelve (12) points for persons not claim veteran's preference may be awarded to any person during the appointment process. Check the job posting for the points associated with each preference area.
The City of Elgin does not permit lateral transfers from other police departments at this time.
Police officers and individuals with prior military experience over the age of 35 may test for a position with the city. Check the posting for more details.