- Age: 21-35 (39 with four years prior exp.)
- Education: high school diploma
- Experience: none required
To be eligible to take part in the application process for Police Patrol Officer, applicants must possess
the following qualifications:
1. At the time of the physical fitness test, 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. No applicant shall be
appointed to the uniformed police until he or she has attained the age of twenty-one
2. Applicant must have no felony convictions or any disqualifying misdemeanor
convictions identified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
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.
Human Resources Division
#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza, Decatur, IL 62523
Phone: (217) 424-2805 ??www.decaturil.gov
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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.
**SPECIAL NOTE** Police Patrol Officers may be required to maintain physical fitness standards
throughout their careers. In addition, they will be required to reimburse the City for basic recruit
training if they resign within two (2) years following their date of appointment.