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Qualifications To Become a Police Patrol Officer

Patrol Officer Job Announcement and Application Form

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To be eligible to take part in the examination process for police patrol officer, you 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.
  2. Applicant must have no felony convictions. Applicant with a record of misdemeanor convictions may be disqualified from taking examinations as set forth in 65 ILCS 5/Article 10-1-7(c). Certain misdemeanor convictions may disqualify applicant for a position on the Police Department. This can be viewed at
  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.

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.

Any questions or correspondence should be addressed to:

Decatur Police Department
Professional Standards Division
707 W. South Side Drive
Decatur, Illinois 62521
(217) 424-2743 or
(217) 424-2740

Email Deputy Chief Dave Dickerson
Email Sergeant Brad Allen