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Police Patrol Officer

Decatur Police Department - Decatur, Illinois

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Entry Level Salary:
$53,796.00 annual
Academy Graduate:
$53,796.00 annual
$53,796.00 annual

Job Description

Work involves protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances, and general police assignment including field patrol, preliminary complaint and criminal investigation, traffic control and accident investigation. Duties involve an element of personal danger and require that Police Patrol Officers act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies. Police Patrol Officers shall reside within the corporate limits of Macon County, or within the corporate limits of any municipality extending into Macon County within 90 days following the completion of their probationary period. This position requires a one-year probationary period.

Additional Information

SALARY & BENEFITS POLICE PATROL $53,796 starting rate $63,490 after 3 years ANNUAL BASE RATE: $55,148 after 6 months $67,953 after 4 years $56,484 after 1 year $70,671 after 7 years $60,468 after 2 years POLICE SERGEANT $81,035 starting base rate ANNUAL BASE RATE: $86,732 after 6 months LONGEVITY: 2% of base rate after 5 years 9% of base rate after 20 years 4% of base rate after 10 years 12% of base rate after 25 years 6% of base rate after 15 years OTHER ASSIGNMENTS: K-9 Patrol - 5% of base in addition to base rate & longevity Investigations - 10% of base in addition to base rate & longevity Master Patrol - 5% in addition to base rate & longevity There is shift differential pay for 2nd and 3rd shifts, and uniforms are provided by the City (except weapons). VACATION: 2 weeks after completion of 1 year of service; 3 weeks after completion of 7 years of service; 4 weeks after completion of 14 years of service; 5 weeks after completion of 20 years of service; 6 weeks after completion of 25 years of service. PENSION: Excellent pension benefits; retirement at 50% of salary at age 55 with 20 years of service, to a maximum of 75% of salary at 30 years. The City contributes to the Police Pension Fund. Police Officers also contribute at the rate of 9.91% of gross pay. Employee contributions are refundable if employment ends before retirement. Police Officers do not contribute to Social Security; however, they contribute to Medicare at the rate of 1.45% of gross pay. OTHER: The City offers Preferred Provider Option (PPO) health insurance coverage for employees and their dependents. Employees contribute to the cost for single coverage and/or family coverage through payroll deduction. The City provides group life insurance in the amount of $25,000 for each employee at no cost to the employee. Dependent coverage is available. Employees may participate in a voluntary group dental insurance plan and a voluntary group vision plan. Deferred compensation is also available.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21-35 (39 with four years prior exp.)
  • Education: high school diploma
  • Experience: none required
QUALIFICATIONS 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 (21) years. 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. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 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.

Contact Informaton

Mike Donaker

Decatur Police Department
333 S. Franklin St
Decatur, Illinois 62523
phone: (217) 424-2743

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