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            Do you want to make a difference?  The Collinsville, Fairview Heights, and O’Fallon Police Departments have teamed up to bring you one test and one process to be hired as a police officer.

The Requirements: In order to be considered for employment, candidates must possess and adhere to the following:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 35.  Exceptions:  1) Candidates who are over 35 years of age, and have any amount of fulltime law enforcement experience with a municipality in any state, are eligible, 2) Candidates who have Illinois Sheriff Deputy and/or Illinois State Police patrol experience are eligible up to the age of 40, and 3) Candidates who are 20 years of age and have successfully completed 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university, are eligible; 4) a military veteran shall be allowed to exceed age 35 by the number of service years in active military duty, up to 10 years.
  • Possess an Associate’s Degree or above in law enforcement or a related field, -OR- the Board may consider an applicant who (1) has successfully received credit for a minimum of sixty-four (64) semester hours towards a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; (2) has served for 24-months of honorable active duty in the United States Armed Forces and has not been discharged dishonorably; (3) has served for 180 days of active duty in the United States Armed Forces in combat duty recognized by the Department of Defense and has not been discharged dishonorably; Be a U.S. citizen or an alien admitted for permanent residency or authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Possess a valid Illinois license or have the capability to obtain one at the time of the appointment.
  • Pass written examinations, agility tests, oral interviews, background investigation(s), physical examination, vision test, polygraph test, and an extensive psychological examination.  All of the medical examinations will be conducted by department physicians.
  • Possess the capability of being accepted into and successfully completing a state mandated police basic training academy.
  • Meet residency requirements:
    • Collinsville PD-live anywhere in Madison or St. Clair County
    • Fairview Heights PD-live in the State of Illinois-no more than 25 miles from the police department
    • O’Fallon PD-live in the State of Illinois-within 20 miles of the police department

Tattoo Policies: 

  • Collinsville Police Department: While on duty or representing the Collinsville Police Department in any official capacity, visible tattoos or other body art must be concealed.  Compression sleeves are acceptable methods of concealment.  Applicants with tattoos on their neck, face, head, or hands will not be eligible.   
  • Fairview Heights: Have no visible tattoos when wearing a short sleeve duty uniform (short sleeve shirt, long pants).  Applicants with tattoos on their neck, face, head, hands, forearms, and lower portion of the upper arm will not be eligible.
  • O’Fallon Police Department:  Applicants with tattoos that would be visible on their arms when wearing a short sleeve uniform shirt, will be required to wear a long sleeve uniform shirt year-round.  Applicants with tattoos on their neck, face, head, or hands will not be eligible.

The Process:  Applicants must complete the necessary application, which must be received by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020.  The application can be submitted electronically to hopkins@fairviewpd.org , or mailed/delivered to: Amber Hopkins, Fairview Heights Police Department, 10027 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights, IL, 62208.

All qualifying applicants will then take a physical agility test on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 at 8 AM.  Applicants must bring with them a completed copy of the Medical Permission Form.  Applicants who pass the physical agility test will then take a written examination immediately following.  The Collinsville, Fairview Heights, and O’Fallon testing board will notify all candidates of their written examination results and ranking on the eligibility register.  Candidates who are eligible for veteran, educational, or law enforcement certification preference points will have an opportunity to claim them once they are placed on the eligibility register.

An Equal Opportunity Employer