Lateral Entry Police Testing

The Niles Police Department is looking for qualified current Law Enforcement Officers for our Lateral Accelerated Entry for Police Officers.

Applications available: February 14, 2019
Application process closed: March 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

ACCELERATED ENTRY APPLICANT BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Currently a certified Law Enforcement Officer through the Illinois Law Enforcement Standard Training Board.  Out of state officers must provide documentation that they have fulfilled the requirements of the training board.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • At least 60 hours of college credit from an accredited college/university.
  • Possess a Valid Drivers License.
  • Physically able to perform Police Duties, Pass Basic Agility Screening.
  • No Felony convictions or convictions for certain misdemeanor violations

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • The applications will be given out starting on February 14, 2019.
  • Applications can be downloaded at this link or picked up from the Niles Police Department at 7000 W. Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714, (847) 588-6500.   Applications must be returned by March 5, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. with Birth Certificate, College Transcript(s),  and State Certification Law Enforcement Training Certifications.
  • Candidates will then proceed with a Background Investigation, Polygraph Examination and Assessment Review Panel.  Candidates that qualify will then be given an Oral Interview, Psychological Examination and Medical Examination/Physical Agility.

ALL ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS MUST:

  1. Complete an Application in its entirety.
  2. Successfully complete a Background Investigation
  3. Complete Polygraph Examination
  4. Participate in a pass/fail assessment review. The assessment review panel will consist of no less than three officers appointed by the Chief of Police.  Questions will be limited in the scope to job relatedness and the result in overall score of pass or fail.
  5. Successfully complete a Psychological Examination.
4. CRITERIA TO BE ASSESSED:
  1. Cognitive abilities
  2. Field Applications
  3. Personal Appearance
  4. Interpersonal skills/community orientation
  5. Communication skills/second language
  6. Attitude toward police work
5. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Full service Municipal Policing.
  • Enforcement of State and Local Laws.
  • Prepare written reports on assigned tasks. Attend court and testify when necessary.
  • Do community policing, assist and render aid to citizens, conduct building checks and investigate suspicious persons, vehicles, noise, etc.
  • Uniform Patrol, traffic control, motor vehicle assists and traffic crash investigations
  • Volunteer to participate in Village Community Functions.
6. BENEFITS:
  • Starting salary as of 5/1/19 between $73,352.52 and $77,020.14 depending on experience and qualifications. The starting salary for accelerated officers will be determined by the Chief of Police in accordance with the Village of Niles.
  • Health and Dental Insurance with BlueCross BlueShield
    • PPO and HMO options
    • Employees contribute 15% of the premium
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - $2,650 medical; $5,000 dependent care
  • Vision Insurance with VSP
  • Employees contribute 100% of the premium
  • Pet Insurance
    • Employees contribute 100% of the premium
  • Participation in the Police Pension
  • Optional participation in 457, Roth 457 and Roth IRA plans
  • $50,000 Life Insurance coverage
    • Employer pays 100% of the premium for $50,000
  • Vacation time and personal days according to Village policy and CBA.
  • After 6 months, Tuition Reimbursement Program of $3050 annually
  • Free Membership at Niles Fitness Center for employee and dependents
  • Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependents
7. RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS:
All employees shall maintain an actual full time, primary residence within a fifty (50) mile radius from Niles Village Hall within the border of the State of Illinois. Requests to live outside the boundaries may be considered by the Village Board.

CANDIDATES WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT REVIEW WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THE FOLLOWING:
  1. Fire and Police Commission Individual Oral Interview
  2. Psychological Exam
  3. Pre-Employment Medical Exam
All criteria will be on a “Pass” or “Fail” basis. Any score of a “Fail” from any phase of the process eliminates the candidate from any further consideration for employment with the Niles Police Department.

APPLICATION AND EXPERIENCE VERIFICATION:
Each Applicant will be required to submit employment documentation, training verification and the last two evaluations from his/her current employer. A status check will be made to insure “good” standing from the current employer before an offer of employment is made. The candidate can also provide a current pay stub for employment verification.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:
Each applicant shall submit to fingerprinting and photographing. He/She shall provide a written Village of Niles Police application along with signed waivers for access to such records as may be required by the Fire and Police Commission to conduct a complete background investigation.

POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION:

Applicants shall submit to a polygraph examination. The examination shall be conducted by a testing service, licensed by the State of Illinois and selected by the Fire and Police Commission.

INDIVIDUAL ORAL INTERVIEW:
Questions asked of an applicant during the Oral Interview will be such as to enable the Fire and Police Commission to evaluate the applicant on speech, appearance, alertness, maturity, ability to present ideas, judgment, emotional stability, self confidence and demeanor for the position. The assessment review will be made available to the Board members for consideration along with the background investigation and polygraph results.

PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION:
Applicants shall be required to successfully complete and Pass a Psychological Examination by a qualified and recognized licensed examiner selected by the Fire and Police Commission.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION:
An applicant will be required to take and successfully Pass a pre-employment medical examination by licensed physician or medical group designated by the Village of Niles.

ACCELERATED ENTRY PLACEMENT ON EXISTING ELIGIBILITY REGISTER:
All applicants that apply and are selected for accelerated entry will be placed on an existing eligibility register. Candidates shall be ranked based on their relative excellence and may be selected over all other Candidates on the eligible register by the Fire and Police Commission, to fill vacancies in the respective Department.

If hired through the accelerated process, the candidate must complete a (2) two-year probation period that begins when the candidate is sworn in as a probationary officer. The Candidate must meet the standards set forth by the Fire and Police Commission and the Chief of Police, who shall have the authority to terminate the Probationary Officer during this period, with concurrence of the Fire and Police Commission.
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