The City of Peoria conducts an examination process to recruit applicants for the position of Police Recruit. The process is usually conducted at least once every two years. Examination dates, when scheduled, are announced to the general public primarily through the newspaper and City job flyers. If an applicant has his / her current application on file, they are notified as to when the testing process begins. If you would like information and application packet please contact the Human Resources Department at (309)494-8575.
Effective January 1, 2016, the starting salary is $56,154.24 annually and increases to $57,558.07 after an employee completes the Academy. There are currently 18 pay steps and officers progress normally at a rate of two steps per year. Top salary for a patrol officer without considering overtime and longevity is $81,327.87. Sergeants and Lieutenants pay is about 10% higher than the previous rank.
The initial hiring process consists of a series of tests (written, physical, and oral). Applicants who pass all tests will have their names placed in the Police Recruit eligibility pool for up to a two-year period. Candidates will be considered for hire as openings become available. Candidates who are offered employment must pass a polygraph exam, background investigation, psychological evaluation, and medical exam. Any individual, unless they have already met equivalent training requirements, who becomes a Police Recruit for the City of Peoria will be required to attend and pass an academic proficiency and fitness entrance requirement, namely, the State of Illinois P.O.W.E.R (Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report) Test.
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